Research Events & Activities

The Department has a lively research culture. During term time the Departmental Seminar meets weekly, usually with a visiting speaker; papers are circulated in advance. Throughout the year there are workshops, conferences, and many reading groups. There are also weekly postgraduate seminars, events put on by the Philosophy Society and by the Philosophy in the City project, and an annual Reading Weekend.

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Departmental Seminar

A 45-minute talk by a visiting philosopher or a member of the home team, followed by an hour and a quarter of vigorous but good-natured discussion.  Weekly during term time.

Workshops and Conferences

These take place regularly in the Department, covering a wide range of topics.

Reading Groups

There are always lots of reading groups, some temporary and some that have been have been regular fixtures for many years!

Postgraduate Seminar Series

The research students' own version of the Departmental Seminar, where they present and discuss their own work in a relaxed atmosphere.

Hang Seng Public Seminars

The Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies runs regular public seminars.

Women in the History of Philosophy Lecture

An annual lecture to increase awareness of the work of women in the history of philosophy.


A network for postgraduate and early-career researchers in cognitive science in the UK and beyond.


Reading Weekend

Once a year the Department convenes to the Peak District for a weekend of countryside, philosophy talks and pubs.

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Organized by Sheffield undergraduates.

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White Rose Aesthetics Forum

A collaboration among the universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, and York, meeting three times a year.



The UK's largest group of scholars working in the history of philosophy, involving Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum

An organisation promoting research links among postgraduates at Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

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Minorities and Philosophy Lecture

The Department of Philosophy hosts the Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) annual lecture organised in conjunction with the Sheffield chapter of the MAP network, which seeks to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy.

Experimental Design and Statistics for Philosophers

A short not for credit course for Department of Philosophy students running in Spring semester 2019.