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.
african philosophy, Alena Rettova, chinese philosophy, greek philosophy, history of philosophy without gaps, indian philosophy, islamic philosophy, Jessica Frazier, Katherine Swancutt, Peter Adamson, religion, Shaul Tor, video
A one-day conference organized in association with Peter Adamson’s History of Philosophy without Gaps project at King’s College London brought together a number of acclaimed scholars to discuss the relationship between religion and philosophy in a variety of traditions across the globe. How is philosophical thought influenced by religious views and practice in different cultures and civilizations? How did the relationship between the two develop throughout ages in different parts of the world? How do philosophical and theological arguments differ or relate?
The next speaker at the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar will be Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) who will be speaking this Friday March 10th on ‘Kant on Emotions’.
Philosophy Building, Room 304, 11am-1pm. Anyone wishing to join us for lunch afterwards can let me know,
John Callanan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This Friday the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar will have Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) will be speaking on
‘How to be a methodological analytical egalitarian with help from Mandeville and Adam Smith (and be a feminist too)’
Room 304, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus, KCL 11am-1pm.
All are welcome – contact John Callanan (email@example.com) for any further details.
A profile of Jessica Leech can be found here: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/kind-fact-flying-pig-kant-things-like/