A Celebrity Brush with Philosophy …and a chance to get your a-ha moment captured in paint


Actor Lloyd Owen (Elendil in the The Rings of Power, now streaming on Amazon Prime) and author Andy West will be testing their philosophical intuitions with Maria Alvarez and Adrian Alsmith … and you are invited to watch, listen, and capture their a-ha moments (with a free drawing lesson from celebrated portrait artist Robin Lee Hall).

Ticket are free (but limited) and include a starter drawing materials pack. Open to all students.
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About ‘A Celebrity Brush with Philosophy’

Join us to have a go at capturing a portrait of our famous sitters in conversation – suitable for the total novice (and the expert) in both portraits and philosophy.

Our celebs will be puzzling over whether love is moral, and how we can know whether we’re awake or dreaming in our inaugural ” A First Celebrity Brush with Philosophy“. We are delighted to welcome Lloyd Owen (starring in Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, now streaming on Amazon Prime) in discussion with Professor Maria Alvarez to unpick some puzzles about love, the slip between sleep and wakefulness, and his interest in philosophy while Robin Lee Hall (Royal Society of Portrait Artists) helps you capture his a-ha moment. We are also delighted to welcome Andy West (break-out author of The Life Inside) talking about the his experience teaching philosophy in prisons, the links between love and morality, and why we’re not in the Matrix after all, in discussion with Dr Adrian Alsmith while Robin continues to guide us to draw out their thoughts….
30 places available.
Bring your drawing materials (paper, pencils and/or charcoal)

More about our Celebrities
Andy West is the author of The life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy (Picador 2022). His writing has been published in The Guardian, Aeon, 3AM Magazine, Huck and Litro He is philosopher in residence at HMP Brixton in London.

Lloyd Owen is an actor, pond swimmer, intermittent cyclist and sometimes get paid for shouting in the evenings. He is currently starring as Elendil in the The Rings of Power, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
This event is a collaboration between Philosophy at King’s College London, The Centre for Philosophy and Arts (based at King’s College London), and Culture @ King’s College London.
With thanks for the generous support offered by Lloyd Owen and Andy West.

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Recordings of Mark Sainsbury Fest Lectures Now Available

King’s College London’s Department of Philosophy is very pleased to announce that recordings from the Mark Sainsbury Fest of the Annual Lecture by Dorothy Edgington (‘Two Kinds of Indeterminacy’) and of Mark’s Lecture (‘Boundarylessness’) are now available at the event webpage (https://marksainsburyfest.wixsite.com/event), as well as below:

You can also see photos of the event by photographer Victoria Goodman in this previous post!

“What is behind a successful academic hoax?” by Costica Bradatan in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora“What is behind a successful academic hoax?” by Costica Bradatan!

The competitive nature of academia produces a tendency to group-think, which hoaxers exploit – Costica Bradatan [Illustration by Sergio Ingravalle/Ikon Images]

Costica Bradatan is Professor of Humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author of In Praise of Failure: Four Lessons in Humility.

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.

“Does the rise of the metaverse mean the decline of cities?” by Max Hayward in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora“Does the rise of the metaverse mean the decline of cities?” by Max Hayward.

Neighbourhoods depend on people looking out for each other, but the growth of virtual worlds threatens to undermine public oversight of real spaces – Max K. Hayward [Illustration by Hiroshi Watanabe/ Getty Images]

Max Khan Hayward is a lecturer in ethics and political philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.

“Can Comedy Defeat Dictators?” -Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, @aj_wendland, reporting from Kyiv for the Toronto Star

Read the latest piece of public philosophy from Aaron Wendland (@aj_wendland), reporting on civilian life for the Canadian and International press!:

“Jokes from the bomb shelter: Ukrainian comedians show power of humour amid wartime horror”

Aaron James Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. He is the editor of the New Statesman’s philosophy series, Agora, and he tweets @aj_wendland.

“There is no end to the problems of philosophy” -MIT’s @KieranSetiya interviews KCL’s @aj_wendland about the interaction between personality and philosophy on Five Questions. https://anchor.fm/kieran-setiya/episodes/Aaron-Wendland-e1fvvts/a-a7jvpub

Check out Kieran Setiya’s interview of our very own Aaron Wendland, Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College London and Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto: https://anchor.fm/kieran-setiya/episodes/Aaron-Wendland-e1fvvts/a-a7jvpub

Professor Kieran Setiya (@KieranSetiya)

Professor Kieran Setiya (MIT) works mainly in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind, and is the author of  Life is Hard, Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, Practical KnowledgeReasons without Rationalism, and Knowing Right From Wrong. In his Five Questions podcast, he asks philosophers 5 questions about themselves.

Dr. Aaron James Wendland (@aj_wendland)

Dr. Aaron James Wendland (@aj_wendland) launched and runs the philosophy column in The New Statesman called Agora, which is a space for academics to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues from a philosophical point of view. He is currently in Ukraine doing in-depth reporting on civilian life for the Canadian and International press. You can read our blog post on his recent article How ought civilians act in a war zone?” for The Toronto Star.

“Why is it so difficult to face grim realities?” by Quassim Cassam in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora“Why is it so difficult to face grim realities?” by Quassim Cassam.

Taking painful truths to heart often requires imagining the unimaginable. – Quassim Cassam [Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images]

Quassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Conspiracy Theories and Vices of the Mind: from the Intellectual to the Political.

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.

“How ought civilians act in a war zone?” -Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, @aj_wendland, reporting from Kyiv for The Toronto Star

Our own Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, Dr. Aaron Wendland (@aj_wendland) reports from Kyiv, Ukraine, in the following article from The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2022/06/24/air-raid-sirens-coffee-and-cake-how-life-goes-on-in-the-ukraine-russia-war-zone.html

“Amid the chaos and heartache of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, citizens still stopping to ‘take advantage of the simple pleasures in life’” – Aaron Wendland for The Toronto Star
Dr. Aaron James Wendland

Aaron James Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. He is the editor of the New Statesman’s philosophy series, Agora, and he tweets @aj_wendland.

“Why the right to bodily integrity entails the right to abortion” by Hannah Carnegy in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora, “Why the right to bodily integrity entails the right to abortion” by Hannah Carnegy.

“No one is entitled to make use of another person’s body, even when another life depends on it.” – Hannah Carnegy [Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images]

Hannah Carnegy is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. 

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.