Sarah Fine on freedom of movement in the EU


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Dr Sarah Fine contributes to a debate on freedom of movement as core of the EU citizenship hosted by the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship:

How can we try to defend free movement as the core of EU citizenship without considering what is happening right now at (and indeed within) the EU’s own borders?

Read her contribution in full here.

New appointments


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We are pleased to announce that the Department of Philosophy has made five new permanent appointments this year.

Ellen Fridland works in empirically informed philosophy of mind with particular interest in issues related to skill (e.g., skill in cognitive development, the role of skill-based considerations in moral cognition, and the role skill plays in the intellectualism/anti-intellectualism debate.) You can learn more about her research here.

Jessica Leech works on contemporary and historical issues in the metaphysics of modality. She has written on the notion of essence and relationships between different kinds of necessity. She is also currently working on a monograph on Kant’s views on modality and their implications for contemporary debates. You can learn more about her research here and here.

Matthew Parrott works in the philosophy of mind/psychology and epistemology, particularly on issues having to do with knowledge of minds (our own and the minds of others) and belief formation (including work on the nature of delusion.) You can learn more about his research here.

Jo Wolff works on metaphysical questions that arise in connection with the foundations of physics. She has written on structural realism, laws of nature, and is currently working on a project regarding the metaphysical nature of quantities. You can learn more about her research here.

Matthew Soteriou works on the philosophy of mind with particular interests in the philosophy of perception, temporal phenomenology, the philosophy of action and mental action, consciousness and the ontology of mind. He has also done work in the epistemology of mental action and its relevance to our understanding of the epistemology of mind in general. You can learn more about his research here.

We’re excited that these new hires will increase the department’s strengths in epistemology, the history of philosophy (esp. Kant), metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and psychology, and the philosophy of action.

Short-term Research Fellowship in Formal Epistemology


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The Philosophy Department at King’s College London is offering a short-term Fellowship to join a research project on The Nature of Evidence and the Ethics of Uncertainty led by Julien Dutant. The project develops an externalist account of evidential support and explores its normative implications. Details on the project are in the job pack.

The position is targeted at the post-doctoral level but we will consider advanced doctoral on track to complete their degree by Aug. 2017. The fellow will have a specialization or strong interests in one of the areas relevant to the project: formal epistemology, epistemic logic, confirmation theory, belief revision theory, theories of rationality.

The Fellowship is for a duration of 3 months, or 6 months part-time, starting this September 2016. The salary is £5000 for the whole period plus London allowance (around £180 per full-time month). The fellow will assist in the preparation of a major grant proposal through regular meetings and background literature reviews. They will also receive supervision for their own research and support in job market applications. They need to have a UK residence address during the duration of the fellowship and will have to attend at least some of the meetings in person. We cannot guarantee that office space will be provided but we are currently trying to secure it.

The fellow is expected to be named post-doctoral researcher on the proposal, which, if successful, would secure them a research-only post-doctoral position for several years. While such grant applications have fairly low acceptance rates the track record of the Principal Investigator, department and faculty support reasonable optimism about its chances of success.

See this job pack for details on the research project and the position. If you are considering applying it is a good idea to get in touch with the Principal Investigator, Julien Dutant.

The deadline for applications is June 12th. Apply through the official offer page: . Note that even though the offer is part of a 15-position call, one of the positions is reserved for the present project. The successful candidate will be selected by a Faculty panel in light of the advice given by the project’s Principal Investigator.

The 2016 Edgington Lectures: Kit Fine


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King’s student, Samuel Kimpton-Nye, will present his work on the laws of nature and counterlegals at a graduate workshop led by Professor Kit Fine. The workshop  accompanies the 3rd biennial Edgingtion Lectures, and will take place on June 3rd and 4th at the Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London.

More information can be found here

Philosophy and the Visual Arts Salon: Sacha Golob in conversation with artist Alinah Azadeh


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Dr Sacha Golob  will host a conversation with the artist Alinah Azadeh on her work on debt, narrative and objects. The event will take place in Fernandez and Wells, Somerset House  at 6pm Wed 25th of May. More information can be found here.

Consumerism and Luxury – a panel discussion


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Sacha Golob  and art historian Terence Rodrigues will discuss themes of opulence, consumption and deprivation. The event will take place in the  Somerset House Screening Room at 7pm, Monday the 9th of May.

Tickets and further information can be found here.

Admission is free but tickets must be booked in advance.

The event is part of the Coalstore project.


Sainsbury Lecture / 19th May / Timothy Williamson

6pm, 19th May 2016

Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Building, King’s College London

Timothy Williamson (Wykeham Professor of Logic, University of Oxford) will give this year’s Sainsbury Lecture, entitled ‘How to choose between alternative logics‘. The abstract is below, and all are welcome.

Paradoxes  of  vagueness,  truth,  and  sets  have  motivated  many  proposals  to  weaken  
classical  logic.  I  will  argue  that  choosing  between  logics  is  much  more  similar  to  
choosing  between  scientific  theories  than  philosophers  and  logicians  tend  to  think,  
and  that  the  analogy  tells  against  such  weakenings.