Clare Moriarty at ‘The Forum’, next week



Time Travel

Born of science fiction, thinking about time travel has allowed us to visit possible and lost worlds, and rediscover the past through modern eyes. It also raises big puzzles: If you travelled back in time and killed your grandfather when he was a young man, would you still exist? Would changing the past mean you returned to a different present? What about travelling to the future? Two philosophers and a science fiction writer discuss time travel, and how thinking and writing about it has changed science and philosophy. (more details)

Next week: 5 December, 18:30 — 20:00

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom

Clare will chair.

Maria Rosa Antognazza at OUP-Blackwell’s Philosophy Festival, this week



Maria Rosa will participate in the Very Short Introductions Speed-Dating Evening, part of Oxford University Press – Blackwell’s Philosophy Festival.

When: Fri, 17th Nov, 19:00 -20:30

Where: The Norrington Room at Blackwell’s Bookshop, 51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ

What: VSI Speed-Dating evening – in small groups moving around the Norrington, the audience divided into groups of up to 10 people will have a 10 minute period with each author, having the opportunity to ask questions and receive a brief introduction to the subjects.

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2017 Sowerby Annual Lecture in Philosophy & Medicine



This Thursday, 9 November – 19:30-21:00:

Mental Health and Justice: Classical and Romantic perspectives
 (followed by a reception)

LectureGareth Owen – King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Location: Theatre 2 — New Hunt’s House, KCL Guy’s Campus, London

All very welcome!
Bring your KCL ID card — those with no KCL ID need to register here:

MM McCabe and Clare Moriarty at ‘The Forum’, next week


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Strong Feelings

Does anger impede political progress or is it essential for change? Does love make us biased or is it the foundation of ethical thinking? Might shame alter not merely our perception of the world, but the very world itself? Reason is often contrasted with emotion, but what if emotion is essential for understanding traditional philosophical ideas? And how did we end up thinking that reason could ever do without emotion? (more details)

Next week: 14 November, 18:30 — 20:00

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom

Claire will chair and MM will be a speaker.


King’s History of Philosophy Seminar (KHOPS) — 2017/18


King’s History of Philosophy Seminar will meet regularly through the academic year at King’s College London.  The Seminar aims to promote discussion of methods and approaches to the History of Philosophy as well as of thinkers and topics within the tradition.  We wish to encourage contextual and interdisciplinary perspectives, and welcome researchers in disciplines such as History, Theology, and Political Theory as well as Philosophy.  Meetings take place on Fridays from 11am to 1pm.  All welcome. For inquiries contact John Callanan ( or Clare Carlisle (


KHOPS 2017-18 Schedule


November 10th 2017 (K2.41, King’s Building) – Niall O’Flaherty (KCL), On Malthus.

December 1st 2017 (K2.41, King’s Building)  – David McNaughton (Edinburgh), On Joseph Butler.

February 16th 2018 (Small Committee Room, King’s Building)– Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins), On Spinoza.

March 23rd 2018 (Small Committee Room, King’s Building)–- Sharon Kirshek (Tel Aviv), On Kierkegaard.

April 27th 2081 (Small Committee Room, King’s Building) – Christopher Insole (Durham), On Kant.

May 25th 2018 (Small Committee Room, King’s Building) – Emily Thomas (Durham), On May Sinclair.