Research carried out at FLOV originates in a number of basic disciplines, each with a number of sub-specialities:
Within practical philosophy, work is carried out on applied ethics and political philosophy, ethics, metaethics, philosophy of health, and philosophical anthropology. Particular concentrations include bioethics and the ethicsof business & finance, theories of morality, rationality and responsibility, and philosophy of health focusing on quality of life. Theoretical philosophy includes work on epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, phenomenology and the philosophy of cognition & mind. Special concentrations are formal semanticspragmatics, and the philosophy of neurology and psychiatry. In logic, model-theoretical semantics, quantification and mathematical logic are in focus. In linguistics there is an emphasis on spoken language and dialogue studies in all the four sub-areas. Phonetics has emphases on forensic phonetics, dialectology and prosody. A general focus is formal semantics and the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, linked to the work on dialogue systems within language technology. Sociolinguistics has concerned political themes related to education and migration, as well as sociolinguistic aspects of language change. Theory of science includes controversy studies and science and policy studies, with a developed research program regarding controversy and expertise in medicine and health policy.
Research at FLOV involves several interdisciplinary collaborations. The department hosts the Center for Language Technology (CLT) – an interdisciplinary unit involving language technology research groups at the Faculty of Arts and the IT Faculty, University of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology. Other examples are projects on communication and ethics in person centered care, ethical and philosophical aspects of forensic psychiatry and related legal systems within the FILUR research group, and collaborations with psychology regarding moral motivation as well as forensic linguistics.