K4U research is organised into two broad interacting streams: Building social policies and Deliberating policy.
Unlike many projects in analytic philosophy, and in accord with its Popperian emphasis on ensuring concrete content for its general philosophical concepts and claims, K4U involves not only the kind of theoretical and conceptual development, analysis and rigorous interrogation characteristic of the philosophy of science, but, through six case studies, it also involves hands-on primary research on real policy problems. The conceptual analyses create a better understanding of how to build and deliberate social policies, which is evaluated in areas of real policy concern, and vice versa. This underwrites our confidence that breakthroughs on the conceptual side will contribute to improvements for real societal problems and that K4U’s theoretical results will meet a high standard of warrant, tested both analytically and empirically. K4U will concentrate on the following stages in the policy process: