Active Maps – Dance Workshops

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Sarah Fine invites everyone to the Active Maps dance workshops:

Thu 22 February 2018
15:00 – 17:00 GMT
Tutu’s, Level 4 Macadam Building. Strand Campus

Dr Fine collaborated on this performance workshop which allows the participants to create their own personal map. Lead by choreographer Sivan Rubinstein and live music composer Liran Donin the journey starts with a visual installation designed by Hamish McPherson where we look at the world as one home, and then through movement, sound and migration we create our very own global map which looks at the constantly changing nature of the world.

Register is free: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/active-maps-dance-workshops-tickets-42502885274

Formal Methods Seminar: The Logic of Justification

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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.

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Clare Carlisle wins prize for best article published in 2017 in the JHP

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Clare Carlisle (Department of Theology & Religious Studies and Cognate Faculty in the Philosophy Department, as well as co-organizer of the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar) has won the prize for the best article to appear in the pages of the Journal of the History of Philosophy in 2017 with her article,  “Spinoza’s Acquiescentia“, JHP 55.2 (April 2017): 209-236.

The winner is selected by a committee of the Board of Directors from among the two dozen or so articles published over four issues each year, with the result approved by the entire Board.  There were 26 articles published in Volume 55 (2017).
The prize has been awarded annually since 2005. A list of previous winners can be seen here: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~jhphil/book.article.prize.html.

Warmest congratulations to Clare!

Interview with Michael Beaney

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The Irish Times: Do you let clichés and slogans do the thinking for you?

Joe Humphreys:

As the second World War approached, the British philosopher Susan Stebbing wrote of “an urgent need to-day for the citizens of a democracy to think well”. She said: “ Our difficulties are due partly to our own stupidity, partly to the exploitation of that stupidity, and partly to our own prejudices and personal desires.”

Her words are as relevant in 2018…

Paul Egré at the Formal Methods seminar

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Paul Egré (CNRS, Paris, http://paulegre.free.fr/) will give a talk on:

Vagueness and Moving Thresholds” (joint work with Steven Verheyen)

Thursday 25th, 14:00-16:00
Room 508 (Philosophy building).

All are welcome. If you are not from King’s, simply sign in and follow the signs to the philosophy building and then room 508 (you may need to ask your way around).

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British Journal for the History of Philosophy Editorial

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Mike Beaney’s editorial for the first issue of this year’s volume of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy has gone live: link.

He presents an analysis of the contents of the last 25 volumes of the BJHP, and compares what the BJHP and the Journal for the History of Philosophy (JHP) have published over the last 5 years. He discusses, in particular, the BJHP’s concern with broadening the range of articles it publishes on the history of philosophy.

Update: Prof. Beaney’s editorial has now become the subject of a post on the influential philosophy blog Daily Nous, here.

Formal methods research seminar 2017-18

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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 1 Mar – Julien Dutant (KCL)
Thu 1 Mar – Tim Smartt (Sydney)
Thu 24 May – 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

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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

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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.