Conceptual and Theoretical Issues

Through research in this field, Politics, Philosophy and Religion is helping to

  • improve school education
  • produce benefits for mental and physical health and well-being

In this area staff work on fundamental questions that cut across the fields of religion, philosophy and politics:

  • Mind, self and subjectivity
  • Literature, genre and textual interpretation
  • Modernity and post-modernity
  • Space and place

Mind and Mindfulness

Our research on mind and mindfulness is used for health and well-being benefits by the Mind & Life Institute, Lancashire Constabulary, the Prince’s Trust (Bury) and Stepping Stones Nigeria. One of our postgraduates, Jan Goss, held a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship using the Mindfulness-Based Emotional Development programme to promote leadership skills and interpersonal communication.


Our research is feeding into schools: Woodhead's work is now part of the A-level Sociology syllabus; Hyman is advising Pearson-Edexcel on the current reform of the A-level RE syllabus; and many schools in the north-west participate in our Philosophy in Schools programme (e.g., 40 schools in 2009-10, involving 600 school students).

Royal Institute of Philosophy

We host a branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy which organises regular public lectures and conferences. Recent topics have included Vices and Disorders, The Idea of the University, Civic Health, Climate Change and Philosophy at the Tipping Point.

Cooper’s work on mental disorder has informed debate amongst mental health professionals and members of the public. She speaks regularly at training days for consultant psychiatrists in the North West and has spoken on philosophy of psychiatry on Radio France International and at public events including Café Scientifique and Senior Learner’s Groups. Her work has been featured in the Guardian.