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 (email@example.com or Clare Carlisle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
King’s has the strongest department in the UK, and one of the strongest in the world, for research and teaching in History of Philosophy.
Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza has recently been elected Chair of the British Society of the History of Philosophy, which funds and organises regular conferences and other events around the country. King’s is hosting the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, the Society’s journal. The journal is edited by Prof. Michael Beaney, who combines his post at King’s with a Professorship in the History of Analytic Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with whom King’s has a joint PhD programme. Another King’s faculty member, Sacha Golob, is Associate Editor with special responsibility for Post-Kantian Philosophy. Both Prof. Antognazza and Prof. M. M. McCabe are also on the Editorial Board of the BJHP, while Prof. Peter Adamson (KCL and LMU) is a member of the advisory board.
The department is also home to one of the most extraordinary editing projects in the history of philosophy: the Ancient Commentators project, which has been running for over 32 years, and has produced over 100 volumes on the works of the ancients, with a further 30 currently under consideration.
Our faculty covers most of the major periods in the history of philosophy: pre-Socratic, Classical Ancient, Hellenistic, Medieval Scholastic, Islamic, Late Scholastic, Early Modern, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy, both in the continental and in the analytic traditions. In addition, we have faculty members who work in ancient Chinese and ancient Indian philosophy. Indeed, Prof. Adamson runs a hugely successful series of podcasts that span the whole history of philosophy: the History of Philosophy without any gaps.
King’s philosophy department strongly believes in the mutual benefit of philosophy and history of philosophy. For an illustration, we recommend Prof. Antognazza’s recent article in the BHJP, The Benefit to Philosophy of the Study of its History (full text).
Susan Stebbing was a leading figure in British philosophy in the early half of the 20th century, and was the first woman in the UK to be appointed to a full professorship in philosophy in 1933 at Bedford College — which has since been merged with the King’s philosophy department in 1985, where there is now an endowed chair in her honour.
And now, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a full entry on her life and work, produced by King’s philosopher Michael Beaney and Liverpool philosopher Siobhan Chapman. Well worth a read for anyone interested in the history of analytic philosophy.
King’s College London is one of the top 5 research centres for philosophy in the country. One area of particular strength is Early Modern Philosophy, and a large proportion of our faculty members work in the field.