Departmental seminars


The Departmental seminar is central to the academic life of the Department, and runs most weeks in term time.

The Philosophy Department Seminar Series takes place on Friday afternoons through the Autumn and Spring terms (2:30-4:30 pm). These take place in the following locations:

Autumn - Arts Tower LT8

Spring - The Diamond LT7

Speakers present their paper (sometime shared in advance) for 45 minutes, followed by a short break and discussion.

For more information, please, contact Jerry Viera - or Ed Matthews -  All are welcome!


Upcoming events

Autumn 2023



Title of paper

13th October

David Papineau - Kings College London

The Moral Irrelvance of Consciousness

20th October - CANCELLED

Rachel Fraser - Oxford University - CANCELLED

Open-mindedness as Curiosity - CANCELLED

27th October Ian Kidd - The University of Nottingham Misanthropy

3rd November - CANCELLED

Helen Frowe - Stockholm University - CANCELLED

(Some Nascent Thoughts on) The Moral Permissibility of Collective Defence Agreements - CANCELLED

10th November

Lea Cantor - University of Cambridge

Ancient philosophy within a global purview: from historiography to first-order philosophical interpretation

17th November

Camil Golub - Rutgers University

The Good, the Bad, and the Meaningful

24th November

Emma Borg - University of Reading Are Heuristics Unthinking Processes? The No Reasons challenge to Common-sense Psychology
1st December Richard Pettigrew - University of Bristol  What is the distinctive wrong of testimonial injustice?
8th December Gonzalo Velasco Arias - Universidad Carlos III

On Online Virtuous Deference

Spring 2024



Title of paper

16th February Michael Ridge - University of Edinburgh Immoral Hopes

23rd February

Alexander Prescott-Couch - Oxford University

Against Problematization Accounts of Genealogical Critique

1st March

Frederique Janssen-Lauret - University of Manchester (Women in the History of Philosophy Annual Lecture)

Susan Stebbing’s Philosophy of Physics

8th March

Rachel Fraser - University of Oxford

Practical Assurance

22nd March

Daniel Rothschild - University College London

Learning Curves: Machine and human learning

19th-20th April

(Two day conference)

Teemu Toppinen - Tampere University & Vilma I Venesmaa - University of Helsinki

Conference title: Explaining Normativity

26th April

Patrice Haynes - University of Nottingham (Minorities and Philosophy Annual Lecture)


3rd May Zsuzsanna Chappell The Philosophy of Disability and Difference
10th May Jonathan Parry - London School of Economics Why Paternalism is Wrong (When It is Wrong)?

Past events


Autumn 2022



Title of paper

13th October

Expanding the Canon Annual Lecture - Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, University of Sheffield, UK

Fanon and the Body Schema

21st October

Margaret Hampson, University of St Andrews, UK

The Tyrant and the Failure of Philia

4th November

Henry Schiller, University of Sheffield, UK

Getting what you "want"

4th November

​*(Online OnlyThe BSHP Annual lecture 2022 - Clare Carlise, King's College London, UK
Note change time: 6.00-8.00 pm - Zoom Link to join HERE.

Thought and Feeling: George Eliot and the Expansion of Philosophy

18th November

Robbie Williams, University of Leeds, UK

 Truth and rationality in mindreading

Postponed (Date TBC)

Women in the History of Philosophy Annual Lecture - Rescheduled to 3rd March

2nd December

Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff University, UK

Commitment on-line: On taking responsibility for one’s words on social media

9th December David Sosa, University of Texas, Austin, USA What We Make When We Make an Effort

Spring 2023



Title of paper

27th January Nomy Arpaly, Brown University, USA - ICOSS Conference Room - this talk will take place at 3:30 pm Deliberation and Fetish

10th February


17th February

Eliot Michaelson, King's College London, UK

Knotty Promises

24th February

Eli Pitcovski, Tel-Hai Academic College, Israel

Sentiments and personal identity

3rd March

Women in the History of Philosophy Annual Lecture - Sophia Connell, Birkbeck, University of London

The Theoretical and Practical Philosophy of Dr Sophie Bryant (1850-1922)

10th March

Jordan MacKenzie, Virginia Tech University, USA

Humorlessness as a Moral Vice

17th March Cancelled

24th March

Matthew Congdon, Vanderbilt University, USA

When Emotions Go Wrong: Epistemic and Ethical Distortions

31st March Luke Russell, The University of Sydney, Australia Have You Forgiven Me?
28th April Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick, UK Extremism, Radicalism, and the Politics of Labelling
5th May Lucy O'Brien, University College London, UK  
12th May

The Minorities and Philosophy Annual Lecture - Esa Díaz-León, Universitat de Barcelona

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​Gender Identity, First-Person Authority,  and Philosophy of Mind
19th May Robbie Kubala, University of Texas, Austin, USA Art and Responsibility
June (Date TBC) Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Georgetown University, USA

Spring 2022



Title of paper

25th February

*Meena Krishamurthy (Queen’s University, Canada)

Martin Luther King on Fearlessness and Faith

4th March

*Megan Hyska (Northwestern University)

Against Irrationalism in the Theory of Propaganda

11th March

Beri Marušić (University of Edinburgh)

Interpersonal Reasoning

18th March

Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh)

Decolonizing the Intersection: Conceptual and Empirical Evidence against the Presuppositions of Intersectional Theory

25th March

Dan Watts (University of Essex)

Kierkegaard on Thoughts

29th April

Alison Hills (University of Oxford)

6th May

Azita Chellappoo (Open University)

MAP Lecture

13th May

Frederique de Vignemont (École Normale Supérieure)

Anticipating Pain


Autumn 2021



Title of paper

8th October

*Henry Schiller (Washington University St Louis)

Informational Chauvinism

15th October

James Chamberlain (University of Sheffield)

A Humean account of  moral intuitions

22nd October

*Lynne Tirrell (University of Connecticut)

Resistance isn't Futile:  Fending off Toxic Speech

29th October

*Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)

The Phenomenal Public

5th November

Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen)

Testimonial  injustice in law: Victims and witnesses of climate injustice

19th November

Derek Brown (University of Glasgow)

The Reality of Colour  Illusion

26th November

Mona Simion (University of Glasgow)

What is Trustworthiness?

3rd December

Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh)

Decolonizing the  Intersection: Conceptual and Empirical Evidence against the Presuppositions of  Intersectional Theory

10th December

Herjeet Marway (University of Birmingham)

Procreative Justice:  Genetic Selection and Skin Tone

Spring 2021
Date Speaker Title of paper

19th February

Vanessa Wills (George Washington)

The 'White Privilege' Concept in Marxism and in Critical Race Theory
26th February

Stephen Darwall (Yale)

Transformative Knowledge of Love and Respect: The Cases of James Baldwin and Frederick Douglass

5th March Margot Strohminger (Australian Catholic) What’s the difference between supposing and imagining?
12th March

Adriana Clavel-Vasquez (Oxford)

Controlling (mental) images and the aesthetic appreciation of racialized bodies
19th March

Candice Delmas (Northeastern)

Uncivil disobedience from Black
Lives Matter to the Capitol (2pm)
26th March Laura Valentini (LMU Munich) Normative Powers
23rd April Jimmy Lenman (Sheffield)

Confucius or Plato?

30th April Jules Holroyd (Sheffield) Bad Praise
7th May

Muhammad Ali Khalidi (CUNY)

Language & Social Ontology
14th May Jessica Leech (KCL) Martha Kneale's Necessary A Posteriori

Autumn 2020

Date Speaker Title of paper
9th October David Enoch (Hebrew University)

Why Care about Morality, Robustly Realistically Understood

16th October

Caspar Hare (MIT) Pleasing the Crowd Within
23rd October Liz Camp (Rutgers)

Perspectival Complacency, Perversion and Amelioration

30th October Justin Clarke - Doane (Columbia) Russell's Regressive Method in Mathematics and Philosophy
6th November William Paris (Wesleyan) Looking for Tomorrow in Yesterday: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Utopia of The Souls of Black Folk.
13th November No Seminar Reading Week
20th November Thi Nguyen (Utah) Value Capture and Value Collapse (4pm)
27th November Carrie Fidgor (Iowa)

What Could Cognition Be, If Not Human Cognition?

4th December Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Sheffield) Now and Then: Thinking about Time
11th December Margot Strohminger (ACU) Supposition, Imagination, and Offline Belief (Time TBC)
18th December Harjit Bhogal (Maryland) Strikingness (3pm)

Spring 2020

Date Speaker Title of paper
14 February Seiriol Morgan (Bristol) On Entitlement
28 February Tom Stern (UCL) Nietzsche's Ethics
6 March Natalie Ashton (Stirling)

Productive Online Environments: Why Twitter is (Epistemically) Better than Facebook

Minorities And Philosophy (MAP) Annual Lecture

Please note change of venue to Hicks Lecture Theatre 5

20 March Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Sheffield) 'Now' Thoughts
27 March Boudewijn de Bruin (Groningen) Self-Fulfilling Epistemic Injustice
3 April Carrie Figdor (Iowa) Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Psychology
1 May Dan Watts (Essex) Kierkegaard on the Limits of Reason and the Freedom to Judge
15 May Jessica Leech (King’s College London)

Martha Kneale on Why Metaphysical Necessities Are Not A Priori

Annual Women in the History of Philosophy lecture


Autumn 2019

Date Speaker Title of paper
4 October Manolo Martinez (Barcelona) Imperative Transparency
18 October Max Hayward (Sheffield) Terrestrial Ethics
25 October Tatjana von Solodkoff (University College Dublin) Fragrant Games - Playing With Perfumes
1 November Louise Hanson (Durham) How To Be An Epistemic Constitutivist
8 November Oliver Hallich (Duisburg-Essen) The Dark Side of Forgiveness
29 November Margot Strohminger (Oxford) Skepticism About Cases in Philosophy, Near and Far
13 December David Owens (Kings College London) The Wrong of Untruthfulness

Spring 2019

Date Speaker Title of paper
8 February Peter Graham (University of California Riverside) Are the Norms of Assertion Social Norms?
22 February Nick Hughes (Durham) Epistemic Dilemmas and the Fixed-Point Thesis
1 March Briana Toole (CUNY) Minorities and Philosophy Annual lecture: Holding Resistance Hostage: When Resistance Is Futile
8 March Mari Mikkola (Oxford) Self-Trust and Discriminatory Speech
22 March Chris Cowie (Durham) Responding to The Negative Repugnant Conclusion
29 March Tatjana von Solodkoff (University College Dublin) Cancelled
5 April Chris Meyns Annual Women in the History of Philosophy lecture: Rose Rand (1903–1980) from the Archives: Real and Unreal 
3 May Megan Blomfield (Sheffield) Epistemic injustice in asylum claim credibility assessments
10 May Ellen Clarke (Leeds) On biological individuality

Autumn 2018

Date Speaker Title of paper
12 October Dr Chris Marshall (Sheffield) Killing Innocent Threats and Ducking Harm
19 October Dr Jack Woods (Leeds) Disagreement about Logic: How and When
26 October Prof. Janet Radcliffe-Richards (Oxford) TBA
2 November Prof. Samir Okasha (Bristol) Inter-temporal choice and the metaphysics of time
16 November Dr Jessica May Isserow (Leeds) Pluralism about moral worth
23 November Prof. Robert Stern (Sheffield) Beast or Neighbour? Logstrup and Levinas on the Relation Between Ethics and Politics
30 November Dr Nils-Hennes Stear (Southampton) Is Aesthetic Immoralism Obviously True
7 December Dr Susanne Burri (LSE) Risk Imposition and Duties of Care

 Spring 2018

Date Speaker Title of paper
16 Feb Marika Rose (Winchester) Minorities and Philosophy Annual lecture: "Slaves and Tyrants: Freedom and Domination in the Vindication of the Rights of Women"
2 March Robert Stainton (Western) Meaning Pluralism, Linguistic Register and Slurs
9 March Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Sheffield) Homo Aestheticus
16 March Hili Razinsky (Lisbon) Ambivalence - cancelled due to proposed UCU industrial action.
20 April Teemu Toppinen (Helsinki) From Duty for the Right Reasons
27 April Robert Briscoe (Ohio) Virtual Representation in Pictorial Space
4 May Sandrine Berges (Bilkent)   Annual Women in the History of Philosophy lecture: "The Republican Family in the Revolution: Adapting and Subverting Rousseau"
11 May Mathieu Doucet (Waterloo) Culpable ignorance and mental disorders

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