About the Institute

The Institute of Philosophy is part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. Founded in 2005, the IP was made possible by a generous private donation, matched by funding from the University of London.

The current Director of the Institute if Professor Barry C Smith. 

What is the Institute for?

The Institute's aim is to promote and facilitate high quality research in philosophy, making it available to the widest possible audience both inside and outside the UK's academic community.

Where is the Institute?

The IP's offices are located in the University of London in the Stewart House part of the University complex (access via Senate House main entrance). Most of the Institute's events are held in Senate House.

What does the Institute do?

The Institute's activities may be grouped into three categories:

  • Events - including lectures, seminars and conferences.
  • Fellowships - visiting fellowships and postdoctoral research fellowships
  • Research support - including electronic resources and information for graduate students

Who can come to the Institute's events?

The Institute's events are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of the Institute, or a member of any university, to attend Institute events.

The award of fellowships at the Institute is on the basis of a competition. Details are here.