Fiona Ellis

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Philosophy and Theology of Love and Desire; The Limits of Naturalism; The Metaphysics of Naturalism; The Meaning of LIfe; Meaning, Nihilism, and God; Schopenhauer as REligious Thinker; Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.


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Personal profile


Fiona Ellis is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for Inclusive Humanities. She is former President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion, and has directed several funded projects on the topics of love, desire, religious understanding, and naturalism.

Her research interests are in philosophy of religion (broadly construed), the relation between philosophy and theology, philosophical idealism, naturalism, the philosophy of love and desire, and the meaning of life. Her latest research project - funded by the Templeton Religion Trust - was The Quest for God: Towards a Theology of Desire which she directed with co-directors Clare Carlisle and John Cottingham.  She was a member of the REF sub-panel (2021) for Theology and Religious Studies. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The End of Desire: Meaning, Nihilism, and God and has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the University of Florida from July to December 2024 to complete this work.