Departmental Seminars


The Departmental seminar is central to the academic life of the Department, and runs most weeks in term time on Fridays 2.30 - 4.30pm.

*Starred talks will take place on Google Meetings:

All other meetings will be held in: Diamond Workroom 3

Speakers send their paper in advance and speak for around 45 minutes, followed by discussion.

Papers are shared before the meeting. For more information contact Max Khan Hayward (  All are welcome!

Upcoming events

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

Please note that events are subject to change. Updates are to follow. 

Past events


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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