King’s History of Philosophy Seminar

The KHOPS schedule for this year is as follows:


  • October 26th 2018 (K0.19, King’s Building) – Mogens Laerke (CNRS, Paris)
  • November 16th 2018 (405, Philosophy Building) – Susanne Sreedhar (Boston)
  • December 7th 2018 (405, Philosophy Building) – Julia Borcherding (Cambridge)
  • January 25th 2019 (Small Committee Room) – Anastaisa Berg (Cambridge)
  • February 15th 2019 (Small Committee Room) – Jeremy Dunham (Durham)
  • March 29th 2019 (Small Committee Room) – Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)

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Congratulations to King’s Philosophy PhD student, Jake Wojtowicz, on the publication of his paper ‘Bernard Williams on Regarding One’s Own Action Purely Externally’ in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association.

Congratulations to Alex Franklin and Eleanor Knox on the publication their paper ‘Emergence without limits: The case of phonons’ in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 

And congratulations to Alex Franklin on his paper ‘Whence the Effectiveness of Effective Field Theories?’, which is forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.


Interviews with Artists – Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts

King’s PhD candidate Vanessa Brassey interviews artists on the CPVA website.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with artist Nicola Durvasula

I’ve always been deeply interested in the nature of line. For instance, what went on in the head and/or heart of the very first man (or woman) –the Caveperson – when they created a line which had the ability to ‘stir’ another? I think this is fundamental to what drawing is, or can be. The way in which I draw is visceral, immediate and there is a certain sensuality in the curvilinear qualities of the lines. I’m quite intrigued by the idea that these could actually be connected to our sense of movement or other sensory capacities. That seems to make sense on one level. On another, it’s not as if I consciously hear sounds when I’m drawing.

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David Papineau’s recommended books on Philosophy and Sport


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Five Books interviews David Papineau on his recommended readings on Philosophy and Sport. Of course, David has recently published his own work on the topic, Knowing the Score (2017), but here are his other picks:

  1. The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits
  2. Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
  3. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  4. Basil D’Oliviera: Cricket and Controversy by Peter Oborne
  5. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

The whole interview can be read here.

Sarah Fine’s work on borders features in The New Yorker


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The fraught political debate on immigration in the United States has led some commentators to look beyond orthodox positions and tired slogans. There is an increasing desire to question presuppositions on the topic, and re-examine the fundamental ethical principles that underlie existing policies.

In this context, Sarah Fine’s work on the right to exclude (explanatory podcast) has influenced one argument in The New Yorker explicitly in favour of open borders. Is political philosophy starting to make its way into political discourse and practice once more?

MM McCabe in conversation


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MM has recently spoken at length with the Los Angeles Review of Books on the themes of her recent book, Platonic Conversations.

And she also has some insights into reading gleaned from the decades of reading ancient philosophy for The Reading List – as well as confessing to the the crime of marginalia writing!

Both interviews are well worth a read.

Colleagues in the Times Literary Supplement


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The latest edition of the Times Literary Supplement features two of our colleagues:

The rest of this edition of the TLS can be found here.