Peter Sowerby Essay Contest 2018



Topic: “Doctor, will my treatment make me better?” Who is responsible for reducing uncertainties about the effects of treatments?

Eligibility: Students and alumni of all University of London schools, including undergraduate and postgraduate, and medical and professional schools.

Prize: £500

Length: less than 4,000 words

Due: 28 October 2018

Submission: Prepare your paper for blind review by making sure your name does not appear anywhere in the pages of the file, and send it to Essays will be assessed by a panel of distinguished academics from the University of London, chaired by Dr Tuomas Pernu.

Click here for more details.

Necessary Beings: A Conference in Memory of Bob Hale

A two-day conference in memory of Bob Hale will be taking place at the Institute of Philosophy this month (15th and 16th October).

The full schedule can be found here.

Bob was a visiting professor at KCL and at Birkbeck and was an active member of the London philosophy scene over the past few years.

There will also be a book coming out in Bob’s honour, co-edited by Jessica Leech.

KCL Minorities and Philosophy



KCL MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) will be running a collaboratively lead reading group this coming academic year. MAP aims to address issues surrounding the representation of and participation in Philosophy of minority groups. ‘Minorities’ is a broad term that covers race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, and more. Our reading group aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the works done by and regarding issues of minority groups within academia. We will be engaging in a wide range of texts and modes of expression, from analytic and continental philosophy to poetry, literature, and film.

The reading group will be held in room 508 (Philosophy Building), Wednesday, 2pm. The reading group is open to everyone at all levels of the university. The KCL MAP committee will also be holding a regular meeting prior the reading group at 1.30pm in the UG common room (opposite the printer room), which is open to anyone who wishes to discuss MAP-related issues.

For more info regarding specific readings/dates, please email or visit our Facebook page:

London Mind Group


The first meeting of the London Mind Group will take place in Senate House on the 11th October 4-6pm. Matthew Crosby (Imperial) is speaking.

From the London Mind Group website:

We are an intercollegiate University of London group featuring read-ahead meetings where postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers can share their work. Once each academic term we also host an invited guest for a more traditional, non-read-ahead meeting.”

The full schedule for the 2018/19 academic year can be found here.

Philosopher Queens


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Rebecca Buxton (ex KCL BA philosophy student, now working on a Dphil at Oxford) is co-editing a book on women in philosophy called The Philosopher Queens:

“For all the young women and girls sitting in philosophy class wondering where the women are, this is the book for you. This collection of 21 chapters, each on a prominent woman in philosophy, looks at the impact that women have had on the field throughout history. From Hypatia to Angela Davis, The Philosopher Queens will be a guide to these badass women and how their amazing ideas have changed the world.”

Click here to find out more and support this fantastic project!