Guardian Masterclass: Understanding personal identity with Professor Bill Brewer


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“From Descartes and Locke to philosophers of the present day, learn how great thinkers can help you to understand who you are.”

Professor Bill Brewer hosted this masterclass on 12 September at The Guardian headquarters. More philosophy masterclasses by King’s philosophers can be expected in the future.

Philosophy in Prison


In 2016, the King’s Department of Philosophy piloted an 8-week philosophy course for prisoners at HMP Belmarsh. With the support of Professors Bill Brewer and MM McCabeMike Coxhead (PhD candidate and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department), Andy West (senior specialist at The Philosophy Foundation), and Andrea Fassolas (honorary therapist at the Guild of Psychotherapists) developed and delivered a course of discussion-based philosophy classes.

In 2017, King’s will offer a re-run of the original pilot course, as well as a second course specifically targeted at ESOL learners.

More details about the course content and its outcomes can be found on the King’s Philosophy research pages.

London Conference: Post-Kantian Receptions of the Enlightenment — 30 August



Announcing a one-day London based workshop on “Post-Kantian receptions of the Enlightenment”.

August 30, 2017: 9:00 — 18:00

Senate House, University of London.

Registration required by 10 August by email to Alexis Papazoglou: 

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Philosophy Time: a video series with Eliot Michaelson and James Franco


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Philosophy Time w James Franco and Eliot Michaelson

King’s Eliot Michaelson teams up with Hollywood star James Franco in Philosophy Time, a newly released series of short video interviews with contemporary philosophers on the topics of beautyabortion, metaphor and imagination. Continue reading

Truth in Politics and Metaphysics: Celebrating the Work of Peter Winch (Conference at King’s, June 30 – July 2)

Marking the 20th anniversary of Peter Winch’s death, this major international conference brings together leading academics from around the world to examine the legacy of Peter Winch’s work and to reassess its relevance to contemporary issues. Participants will draw on both Winch’s published work and also unpublished materials contained in the Winch archives. Topics to be discussed include: political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophies of Spinoza and Wittgenstein. The conference is generously supported by the Mind Association and the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value at the University of Pardubice.

Speakers: Marina Barabas (CAS / Pardubice), Ondřej Beran (Pardubice), Michael Campbell (Pardubice), David Cockburn (Wales), Alice Crary (NSSR), Helen Geyer (Weimar), Lars Hertzberg (Åbo), Drew Johnson (Independent), Olli Lagerspetz (Åbo), David Levy (Edinburgh), Michael McGhee (Liverpool), Tony Milligan (KCL / Pardubice), Rupert Read (UEA), Lynette Reid (Dalhousie), Duncan Richter (VMI), Sean Stidd (WSU), Craig Taylor (Flinders), Mark Theunissen (New School), Sarah Tropper (AAU Klagenfurt), Carolyn Wilde (Bristol)

Dates: June 30 – July 2

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Venue: Room K-1.56, King’s Building, King’s College London

Admission: Free, but please register by e-mailing

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MM McCabe will be giving this year’s Mark Sainsbury Lecture at King’s College London.



The Keeling Scholar in Residence in Philosophy at UCL, MM McCabe will be speaking on ‘Giving and Taking an Account: Plato on the Language of Conversation’.

– 1st June, 2017, 4.15-6pm.

– Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS.