New Latin Philosophy Reading Group

A new Latin Philosophy Reading Group will be starting in the Department next week.

When: Every Monday, 14.00–15.00 (starting January 16th)

Where: Room 508, Philosophy Building

What: The group will be reading Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae, from the very beginning, translating it from the Latin. The meetings will comprise the translation as well as some philosophical discussion of the text. While some knowledge of Latin is helpful, all levels are welcome.

Anyone interested should get in touch with Zita Toth or Sol Tor to be sent the text and the schedule – but anyone is free just to show up!

Job: Lecturer in Ethics

The Philosophy Department at King’s College London is seeking an outstanding philosopher with research expertise and teaching experience in Ethics. Research specialisation and ability to teach at all levels and supervise postgraduate students in that area are required.  

The successful candidate will lead or direct their own original and independent programme of research, at an international standard.

Research and/or teaching expertise or competence in areas that will help widen or consolidate some areas of our curriculum are desirable. These areas include, but are not limited to other philosophical traditions (for example Chinese or Indian), and philosophical issues concerning race or gender. 

The Department of Philosophy is one of the largest and most distinguished in the UK. We have particular research strengths in the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of language and linguistics, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science and ethics and political philosophy.   

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

For more information and to apply, see The closing date for the post is 16th January 2023.

Diversity in Philosophy Video Competition: Winner Announced!


To kick off this academic year, we asked students to create a short video to tell us about a philosopher who is a member of a group that is underrepresented in philosophy.

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our video competition is Estelle Nusbaumer, with her video on Zhuangzi and Daoism/Taoism. Congratulations to Estelle! 

Zhuangzi – Estelle Nusbaumer

We’d also like to offer an honourable mention to our competition runner up, Quince Pan, with his video on Kok-Chor Tan’s Global Luck Egalitarianism:

Quince Pan – Kok-Chor Tan and Global Luck Egalitarianism

Huge thanks to all of the students who submitted videos – the panel really enjoying watching and learning from them. 

Two hourly-paid jobs at KCL (History of Ethics / Philosophy of Religion)

Please see below for details of two hourly-paid opportunities starting in January 2023, one in the Philosophy department (History of Ethics) and one in the Theology and Religious Studies department (Philosophy of Religion) at KCL.

KCL Philosophy: Hourly-paid lecturer opportunity- History of Ethics, S2 AY22/3

The Department of Philosophy at King’s College London currently has hourly-paid teaching opportunities for Semester 2, 2022/3 in the History of Ethics.

5AANB006 ETHICS: History of Ethics. The module will introduce students to the ethical theories of past and contemporary moral philosophers, and will explain their significance for modern ethical theory, including debates about a range of ethical questions, such as the nature of moral rationality, moral objectivity, moral virtue and moral obligation.

Duties: Convene and teach (in person) a second-year module, 5AANB006 ETHICS IIB, including ten one-hour weekly lectures and weekly one-hour seminar for five groups of 15 students each (5 groups = 10 hours). Total: 60 hours.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Philosophy at the time of application, and have the right to work in the UK.

The payment is £22 per hour. The role will also include payment for preparation hours, office hours and both formative and summative marking. Total salary for the module (approx.): £8,000 (before tax).

To apply:

Please send a CV and short (500 word) statement outlining the ability, skills and experience you would bring to the role to: Closing date:  Tuesday 22nd November, 23:59 (GMT).

Job: hourly-paid Lecturer in Philosophy, KCL, Jan-Dec 2023

The Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s College London seeks to appoint an Hourly Paid part-time Lecturer in Philosophy for the duration of 2023.  

The Lecturer will teach and examine a second-year module, ‘Faith and Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant’ from January to Easter 2023, and a third-year module ‘Philosophy of Religious Life’ from September to December 2023.  There will be various marking duties over the course of the year, including over the summer.

The second-year module covers short texts by Anselm, Descartes, Spinoza and Kant; the third-year module focuses on Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and related texts in the history of philosophy and theology.

Candidates should be appropriately qualified to teach these modules, ideally with a PhD in hand (or near completion) in a relevant discipline.  All teaching takes place on campus, and applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

The contract includes 60 hours of lecture/seminar teaching, 140 hours preparation time, and 40 hours for offering students support and feedback outside class, in addition to hours allocated to marking.  We also offer pro rata holiday pay.  The hourly rate is £22.13 and the total salary for the year, including holiday pay, will be approx. £8,100.

Lectures and seminars for ‘Faith and Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant’ are scheduled on Wednesdays in Semester 2 of the current academic year.  The teaching timetable for the autumn is negotiable.

To apply, please send a letter of application and an academic CV to 

There is no application form.  The closing date is midnight on November 25th, 2022.  Interviews will be held in early December.

Please direct informal enquiries to Prof. Clare Carlisle:

New website for KCL History of Philosophy research cluster


The History of Philosophy research cluster at KCL has a new website. Visit the link for details about upcoming reading groups, work-in-progress discussions, the KHOPS seminar series (resuming in Spring 2023), workshops on books published by members of the cluster and more. The current members of the cluster are:

BBLOC Philosophy of Physics Seminar: Dr Sam Fletcher (Minnesota) – ‘The Representation and Determinable Structure of Quantum Properties’ Thursday 1st December 2022, 5pm, KCL Bush House (SE) 1.01


Orthodox quantum theory tells us that properties of quantum systems are represented by self-adjoint operators, and that two properties are incompatible just in case their respective operators do not commute. We present a puzzle for this orthodoxy, pinpointing the exact assumptions at play. Our solution to the puzzle specifically challenges the assumption that non-commuting operators represent in compatible properties. Instead, they represent incompatible levels of specification of determinates for a single determinable. This solution yields insight into the nature of so-called quantum indeterminacy and demonstrates a new and fruitful application of the determinable-determinate relation in quantum theory.

Based on joint work with David Taylor (Minnesota)

Interested in studying Philosophy?

Sign up to our undergraduate taster day to experience what teaching might be like if you study at King’s.

Learn about the puzzles of non-existence, Kant on moral value and get the chance to interact with current students and staff.

Event schedule:

  • 14:00-14:20 – Welcome and Introduction with Dr Jess Leech
  • 14:20-15:00 – ‘Kant on Moral Value’ with Dr John Callanan
  • 15:00-15:40 – Break and refreshments
  • 15:40-16:00 – ‘Knowing what you are’ with Dr Adrian Alsmith
  • 16:00-16:40 – ‘Puzzles about Non-Existence’ with Professor Mark Textor 
  • 16:40-17:00 – Q&A with current students and academics
  • 17:00 onwards – Optional campus tours

We hope you can join us!

Workshop: Explaining Cancer



The workshop ‘Explaining Cancer’ is happening next Tuesday (1st November) at London School of Economics, which among other excellent speakers features our very own Sowerby Professor Elselijn Kingma. Read more below or visit LSE’s event page here

Don’t forget to also register for the 2022 Annual Sowerby Lecture and the Interdisciplinary Workshop, both also happening next week, if you haven’t already!

Expert Workshop – Explaining Cancer

Anya Plutynski is the winner of the 2021 Lakatos Award for her book Explaining Cancer. Finding Order in Disorder (OUP 2018). To engage fully with the winner’s work, we organise an expert workshop on the day of the Award Lecture. The workshop features four talks by experts on the cancer research who engage with themes from Plutynski’s book.

Date and Place: 1 November 2022, Lakatos Building, Room LAK2.06

Organiser: Roman Frigg

13.30 – 13.50   Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis): Précis of Explaining Cancer

13.50 – 14.40   Samir Okasha (University of Bristol): Cancer, Causality and Evolution: some reflections on Anya Plutynski’s Understanding Cancer.

14.40 – 15.30    Lucie Laplane (Sorbonne Paris I): Where does Philosophy of Cancer stand?

15.30 – 16.00    Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.50    Elselijn Kingma (King’s College London): Cancer, screening, and the concepts of health and disease

16.50 – 17.40    Carl Cranor (UC Riverside): Varieties of Scientific Evidence for Policies”

2022 Sowerby Lecture – Prof Hanna Pickard (Johns Hopkins University) on the Puzzle of Addiction


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The 2022 Annual Sowerby Lecture will be given on Thursday the 3rd of November, 6pm by Professor Hanna Pickard (Johns Hopkins University) on the Puzzle of Addiction. The lecture will be on the 8th Floor of Bush House and will be followed by a drinks reception. Find out more and register here:

The Annual Lecture is preceded by a two-day workshop focusing on the Puzzle of Addiction and other aspects of Hanna Pickard’s work, with speakers including Richard Holton, Owen Flanagan, and Ellen Fridland. See the full schedule below, or find out more and register here:

Wednesday 2nd November: 

10:00 – 10:30  Coffee (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building) 

10:30 – 10:40  Introduction and Welcomes 

10:40 – 11:40  Doug McConnell “The Role of Psychiatry in Patient Moral Development” 

11:40 – 11:50  Break 

11:50 – 12:50  Sanja Dembic “When does addiction exempt?” 

12:50 – 13:50  Lunch (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building)

13:50 – 14:50  Sahanika Ratnayake “Normativity and Psychotherapy” 

14:50 – 15:20  Coffee Break (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building) 

15:20 – 16:20  Adi Goldiner “The addiction outlier in disability antidiscrimination law” 

16:20 – 16:30  Break 

16:30 – 17:30  Owen Flanagan “HEAVY DRINKING” 

Drinks and workshop dinner. 

Thursday 3rd November: 

9:30 – 10:00  Coffee (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building) 

10:00 – 11:00  David Krausz “Unconscious responsibility: On the gap between blame and responsibility in psychoanalysis and in Talmudic Law” 

11:00 – 11:20  Break

11:20 – 12:20  Ellen Fridland “A relational theory of emotion” 

12:20 – 13:20  Lunch (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building) 

13:20 – 14:20  Derek Braverman “Choice or Disease: Addiction’s False Dichotomy”

14:20 – 14:30  Break 

14:30 – 15:30  Anke Snoek (TBC) 

15:30 – 16:00  Coffee Break (Anatomy Museum, KCL Strand Building) 

16:00 – 17:00  Richard Holton (TBC) 

18:00  – 19.30  Annual Peter Sowerby Lecture, Hanna Pickard (please register separately for the annual lecture: )

19:30-20:30 Drinks Reception (8th Floor, Bush House)

KCL MAP Panel on Diversity and Inclusion in Philosophy – Friday 28th October

On Friday 28th October from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Anatomy Museum, KCL Minorities and Philosophy is hosting a panel on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Philosophy!

We will be joined by current members of the department Dr Jessica Leech, Dr James Stazicker, Dr Alexander Franklin and GTA Chiara Zucchelli, along with KCL Alumnus Naomi Snow and anti-racist activist Annabelle Woghiren. Dr Jessica Leech is the Arts and Humanities Diversity and Inclusion Representative, and Dr Alexander Franklin teaches the ‘Philosophy of Race’ Module, assisted by Chiara, who founded the Phi Magazine in 2018. Naomi was funded to write a research project on ‘decolonising the Philosophy curriculum’ whilst an undergraduate, and Annabelle has consulted with social enterprises and public institutions on race equality, along with maintaining an education and community platform of over 115,000 on social media.

We’ll be asking questions like, ‘why is diversity important to academic philosophy, other than equal opportunity?’ and ‘why does diversity among Philosophy students dip at graduate level?’

Register your interest here! We hope to see you there.