Workshop on ‘Reasons’ — 31 May – 1 June


Day 1 (May 31)

  • 11-12:30: Julien Dutant (KCL) – The Non-Factualist’s Shiny Oughts
  • Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00: Clayton Littlejohn (KCL) – You’re so Vain. You Probably think your Reasons Should Guide You
  • 3:00-4:30: Kathryn Lindeman (Saint Louis) – TBA

Day 2 (June 1)

  • 10-11:30: Maria Alvarez (KCL) – False Beliefs and the Reasons we Don’t Have
  • 11:30-1: Errol Lord (UPenn) – The Variety of Epistemic Reasons and the Failures of Evidentialism and Pragmatism

Registration is not required, but it would be appreciated if you send an email to Clayton Littlejohn to let him know how many to expect.

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Workshop on ‘Know How’ — 23 May


  • 11-12:30: Eliot Michaelson (KCL)
  • Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00: Ellen Fridland (KCL)
  • 3:00-4:30: Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck) – ‘Against anti-philosophical intellectualism’ *

* Abstract

Jennifer Hornsby: I’ll argue that questions about the nature of knowing how should be answered in philosophy, not linguistics. (a) Gilbert Ryle’s conception of self-knowledge as requiring “higher order acts” prevented him from addressing questions about knowing-how such as arise in philosophy of action. (b) Jason Stanley’s various misinterpretations of Ryle readily lead to his assumption that Ryle’s anti-intellectualism is a thesis about ascriptions of knowledge.

King’s leading position in history of philosophy

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 Philosophywhich funds and organises regular conferences and other events around the country. King’s is hosting the British Journal for the History of Philosophythe 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, HellenisticMedieval Scholastic, Islamic, Late ScholasticEarly 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 BHJPThe Benefit to Philosophy of the Study of its History (full text).

Susan Stebbing entry on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy



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.

Early Modern Philosophy at King’s



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.

Maria Alvarez, Maria Rosa Antognazza, John Callanan, Sacha Golob, Jessica LeechThomas Pink, and Jasper Reid have published substantially in the subject recently. Continue reading

Clayton Littlejohn and Julien Dutant on Reasonable Doubt


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Clayton Littlejohn and Julien Dutant are taking part in the large interdisciplinary conference From Reasonable Doubt to Undue Scepticism organized by Ulrike Hahn and Marion Worms at Birkbeck this week. Both will be defending knowledge-centred views on the topic. See the programme here.

Medieval and Late Scholastic Philosophy at King’s



King’s College London is one of the top 5 research centres for philosophy in the country. We do work in many different areas of philosophy, including some that are rarely tackled in other departments. An excellent example is the work we do in Medieval Philosophy.

Peter AdamsonChris Hughes and Thomas Pink have published in the subject or in closely related areas recently. Continue reading

King’s hub for the History of Philosophy


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Prof Maria Rosa Antognazza has just been elected Chair of the British Society of the History of Philosophywhile Sacha Golob has been appointed Associate Editor (with special responsibility for Post-Kantian Philosophy) of the British Journal for the History of Philosophythe journal of the Society.

The Journal is based at King’s. It continues to be edited by King’s Professor, Michael Beaney.

Epistemic Utility Theory Masterclass with Richard Pettigrew


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Prof. Richard Pettigrew (Bristol) will give a masterclass on Epistemic Utility Theory at King’s College London on Thursday-Saturday April 27th-29th, 2017. In addition to the masterclass we will have three guest talks by Jason Konek (Kent), Julien Dutant (KCL) and Clayton Littlejohn (KCL).

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.

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