The Birmingham-Bristol-London-Oxford-Cambridge Philosophy of Physics Seminar Series is restarting! This is a research seminar for philosophers of physics across the South of England to meet each term, hosted at King’s College London.
The next two events will take place on Monday 23rd March at 5pm in Bush House (SE) 1.02 and Thursday 21st May at 4:30pm in K2.40, King’s Building, KCL Strand Campus. The speakers will be Emily Adlam and James Read.
For more details see: https://kingsphilosophy.com/bbloc/
King’s History of Philosophy Seminar will meet regularly throughout 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This Friday we are welcoming Peter Dews (https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/dewsp24209/peter-dews)
who will be speaking on ‘Transcendental and Objective Idealism in Schelling’s Early Philosophy’ – Philosophy Building, Room 405 – 11am-1pm,
The department will be hosting a workshop on the philosophy of Gottlob Frege on Friday 1st of November in Room 405, Philosophy Building.
11am-1pm: Robert May (University of California, Davis): ‘Sense’
Abstract: What is sense? Frege’s answer is this: Sense is what makes a reference thinkable such that in virtue of thinking this way an agent has grounds for making a judgement. In this talk, I explore this conception, which places sense at the crux of Frege’s account of judgement. The central claim is that sense is a composite notion, split between what makes a reference thinkable (mode of determination) and how we think of references (mode of presentation). These are related via grasp: an agent who grasps a mode of determination of a reference has a mode of presentation of that reference, and accordingly has grounds for making a judgement. This is crucial to understanding how Frege responded to the threat to logicism posed by the identity puzzle, viz. that a = b requires a special act of recognition in judgement. But it does, perhaps surprisingly, leave open the analysis of a = a.
2.30pm-4.30pm: Mark Textor and Eliot Michaelson: ‘Frege on Thinking in Signs and Sense’
Abstract: Contemporary Fregeans standardly take the theory of sense and reference to apply to natural languages, and to earn its keep by helping to explain communicative success and failure in such languages. So construed, Frege’s theory of sense and reference faces serious difficulties. We argue for an alternative understanding of Frege’s project: following Humboldt, Trendelenburg, and others, Frege held that languages, systems of signs, are primarily means of thought and that beings like us can only think ‘in signs’. On this alternative construal of Frege’s work, his theory of sense and reference applies first and foremost to the sentences in which we think rather than sentences of natural languages like English or German. Not only is this understanding of Frege historically motivated, but viewing his work in this manner actually makes many of the puzzling features of the theory which have so preoccupied more contemporary Fregeans effectively disappear.
Date: Friday 1st November (11am- 4.30pm)
Venue: Room 405, Philosophy Building
Prof. Sarah Fine will be chairing a panel discussion on the ethics of exhibiting to be held at the Photographer’s Gallery on Wednesday 25th September. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery and the Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London.
Speakers include the playwright and researcher, Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex); anthropologist and art historian Christopher Pinney (University College London); curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP).
THE ETHICS OF… EXHIBITING
Wednesday 25th September
18:30 – 20:30
The Photographers’ Gallery
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“Belief models, aggregation and impossibility”
Friday Oct 12th – 14:00-16:00
Room 508, Philosophy Building
The “Belief Models” framework is a very general formal theory of rational belief. It encompasses propositional logic belief sets, but also ranking functions and lower previsions (i.e. lower probabilities). De Cooman (2005) shows that AGM-style expansion and revision operators can be defined in this framework. In this paper I will discuss aggregation of belief models, and draw some connections to various well-known impossibility results for aggregation.
[Updated] The KHOPS schedule for this year is as follows:
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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:
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN: THE GAZE
12 May 2018
13:00-15:00 and 15:30-17:30
(full details and bookings)
conditionals, credence, epistemic modals, epistemic norms, epistemology, evidence, formal epistemology, knowledge, legal proof, peer disagreement, pragmatic encroachment, probabilistic semantics, probability, racial profiling, statistical evidence, transformative experience, women's speech
Prof. Sarah Moss (Michigan) will give a masterclass on Probabilistic Knowledge at King’s College London on March 6th-7th, 2018. The masterclass will include guest talks by Siliva Milano (LSE), Jason Konek (Bristol), Matt Mandelkern (Oxford) & Daniel Rothschild (UCL), Bernhard Salow (Cambridge) and Richard Holton (Cambridge). The keynote lecture of the masterclass is a joint session with LSE’s Choice Group.
The event is open to graduate students and researchers from any institution. Attendance is free but registration is required. To register fill in the form below.
Here is a pdf version of the programme. Final location confirmed: though the strike is taking place and many of us would have preferred not to cross picket lines, the event will have to take place in KCL (venues below).
Thu Feb 8th, 14:00-16:00
Philosophy building, room 508
King’s College London
Sven Rosenkranz (LOGOS, ICREA, U Barcelona), will give a talk titled “The Logic of Justification – Reloaded” at the Formal Methods research seminar, King’s College London, this Thursday 2-4pm. Open to all graduates and scholars interested. Please sign in as a visitor at the entrance, follow the signs to the Philosophy building, follow the signs to the philosophy office, room 508 is just right of the office.