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.

The Estella Newsome Memorial Prize



Following a generous gift from the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from the Estate of their member Estella Newsome, we are able to offer an annual prize of £100 for an undergraduate philosophical essay on issues in ethics arising from conflict and war. No particular viewpoint need be represented in the essay, which will be judged on purely philosophical grounds.

2018 Topic: Pacifism

Winning essay prize: £100
Eligibility: The essay competition is open to any current undergraduate student at King’s College London (including final year students). Only one submission per student.
Length: up to 3,000 words (including footnotes, excluding bibliography).
Deadline: 16 July 2018.
Instructions: Please send your completed essay via email attachment to philosophy@kcl.ac.uk. Word document or pdf. Email subject line: ‘The Estella Newsome Memorial Prize’.
Panel: The essays will be assessed by a panel of 3 philosophers.

Major research grants for the Philosophy Department


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Three of our staff have recently received major research grants:

  • Ellen Fridland: Templeton grant for work on a conception of intelligent automaticity from the perspective of skill and applying this to moral expertise, especially intelligent affective change as connected with moral behaviour. Part of their Diverse Intelligences programme.
  • Andrea Sangiovanni: 5-year European Research Council Consolidator Grant on ‘Solidarity in the European Union’, aiming to develop a theory of justice for the EU.
  • Mark Textor: Leverhulme Research Fellowship for work on ‘Austrian Philosophy 1874-1918: Empiricism, Evidence and Economy’

Congratulations to Ellen, Andrea and Mark!


Art and Philosophy at Tate Britain


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Sacha Golob, Vanessa Brassey and Emma Syea will be leading a series of art/philosophy discussions at Tate Britain over the summer in response to their hugely popular All Too Human show (Bacon, Freud, Rego, Souza and others).

The first event features Amalia Ulman, described by the Telegraph as having created the first ever ‘Instagram masterpiece’, the philosopher Timothy Secret and the Bacon specialist Katharina Guenther:

12 May 2018
13:00-15:00 and 15:30-17:30
(full details and bookings)

Job Ad: Teaching Fellow in Philosophy (Political)


The Philosophy Department at King’s College London is seeking an excellent philosopher with research expertise and teaching experience in political philosophy. Competence and ability to teach at all UG and PGT levels in political philosophy are required; the ability to offer some teaching in the philosophy of race and/or gender would be an advantage. Research specialization in political philosophy is required.

This Full Time post will be fixed term for 24 months.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Full details and application form are available here. For any further questions, please contact Professor Bill Brewer at bill.brewer@kcl.ac.uk.

GTA applications call for 2018-19


Applications are now open for 2018-19 Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. If you are a graduate student in philosophy at a UK higher education institution (whether it is King’s or not), you can apply to contribute to the teaching at King’s. Instructions and forms below. The deadline is March 5th, 2018.


  • Please complete the attached GTA application form (remember to quote both module codes and titles in your application form; these can be found in the attached list of modules available)
  • Please send the completed documents listed below to your primary supervisor via email (if you are a GTA not enrolled in King’s College London, you can ask a module convenor for to complete the academic reference form, as long as the module convenor has observed your class).
    • GTA application form
    • academic CV
    • academic reference form (see attachment)
  • Please ask your primary supervisor (or a module convenor) to complete the academic reference form and send it via email to joseph.o’connor@kcl.ac.uk and chelo.rodriguez@kcl.ac.uk by 9am on Monday 5 March 2018 (please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to chase your academic referee on your behalf, so you’ll need to ask them to send you confirmation that they have sent your reference on time).
  • Please send the completed documents listed below (all together in the same email) to joseph.o’connor@kcl.ac.uk and chelo.rodriguez@kcl.ac.uk by 9am on Monday 5 March 2018:
    • StaffREg form (attached)
    • EqualityDiversity form (attached)
    • the GTA application form (attached)
    • academic CV (all forms together in the same email)
  • You will also need to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. The list of suitable documents is in the GTA application form (If you have a visa, please note that we cannot accept visas in expired passports. You will need to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit. Non EEA nationals must also provide a confirmation of studies letter).
  • Joe O’Connor (joseph.o’connor@kcl.ac.uk) will get in touch with applicants about providing the proof of eligibility to work in the UK AFTER the closing date of 9am on Monday 5 March 2018


What is a GTA _Rates for 2018-2019