Formal methods research seminar 2017-18



The Formal Methods Group runs a guest speaker series. The guest speakers for 2017-18 are as follows:

Thu 26 Oct – Davide Fassio (KCL / Zhejiang )
Thu 23 Nov – Peter Brössel (Rhur-University Bochum)
Thu 25 Jan – Paul Egré (Jean Nicod, Paris)
Thu 8 Feb – Sven Rosencranz (LOGOS, Barcelona)
Thu 22 Mar – Corine Besson (Sussex, Royal Institute of Philosophy)

The seminar takes place on Thursdays 2-4, in room 508, Philosophy Building. It is open to students and researchers from outside KCL. Please contact Julien Dutant for directions and to make sure you are granted access to the building.

Departmental jobs announcements


We are delighted to announce that two recent PhD graduates from the department have found wonderful positions internationally:

  • Desirée Lim will be joining the Philosophy Department at PennState in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor
  • Mary Carman will be on a three-year lectureship in Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa

Our congratulations to both Desirée and Mary!

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.