Events in 2018-19
The Department of Philosophy organised many exciting events in the academic year 2018-19.
Conferences and Workshops
MetaScience Kick-off workshop
What, if anything, unifies the natural sciences?
Truth and Semantics Kick-off workshop and Logic meeting
Recent work in logic and philosophy of mathematics in the UK
Mathematical Collaboration III workshop
Communities and communication in mathematics
Bristol x Bristol Workshop on the History of Modern Philosophy
with papers on Rousseau, Baumgarten, Meier, Kant, and Schelling.
UK Kant Society Annual Conference 2019
Adressing textual or systematic problems with Kant’s or Kantian philosophy.
Epistemic Petrification Conference
The role of epistemic pathology and dysfunction in philosophy.
Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences
What is the role of creativity in the sciences?
Formal Epistemology and Decision Theory
A smorgasbord of new research in formal epistemology and decision theory.
Investigation of real patterns in the philosophy of science.
Teaching Early Modern Philosophy of Science
Round table discussions on teaching early modern philosophy of science.
Minorities and Philosophy
Postcolonial and Decolonial Reception of European Thought. Organised by MAP, Bristol
Women in Philosophy PGR Conference
Celebrating International Women's Day. Organised by our graduate students.
Afternoon of Formal Epistemology
Probabilities in Epistemology.
Fundamentality in Metaphysics and in Science
Joint Bristol–Madrid conference
Department research seminar
- Umut Baysan (Oxford) ‘The Anti-Psychology of Belief’
- John Collins (UEA) ‘The Null Hypothesis for the Semantics of Fiction’
- Jean-Pierre Llored (Paris) ‘Wholes and Parts in Quantum Chemistry’
- Kirsten Walsh (Exeter) ‘Newton’s Metaphysics in Practice’
- Lea Ypi (LSE) ‘Adverse Possession, Irregular Migration and the Justification of States’ Right to Exclude’
- Megan Blomfield (Sheffield) ‘Climate Responsibilities and Background Injustice’
- Jens Timmermann (St Andrews) ‘Kant on the Supposed Right to Lie’
- Vanessa Heggie (Birmingham) ‘Expertise at the Extreme: The (Many) Philosophical Challenges of Doing Science in Extreme Environments’
- Richard Bradley (LSE) ‘Chances and Credences’
- Emily Thomas (Durham) ‘The Emergence of the Growing-Block Theory of Time’
- Jonathan Webber (Cardiff) ‘Authentic and Inauthentic Shame’
- Ken Gemes (Birkbeck) ‘Nihilism, Trump, and Brexit’
- Carlo Nicolai (UCL) ‘Fix, Express, Quantify. Disquotation after its Logic’
- Tuomas Tahko (Bristol) ‘Quantum Holism and Mutual Dependence’
- Martin Sticker (Bristol) ‘Kant’s Case Against Heterosexual Marriage’
- Johannes Stern (Bristol) ‘Truth, Truth-Conditions, and Semantics’
- Coreen McGuire (Bristol) ‘Measuring Disability and Numbering Normalcy in the Inter-War Years’
Philosophy of Physics:
- David P.B. Schroeren (Princeton) "Symmetry Holism"
- Michael Dascal (Maryland) "What's left for the single world theorist?"
- Mathias Egg (Bern) "Dissolving the measurement problem is not an option for the realist"
- Rasmus Jackland "Conflicts between metaphysics and science: The world-making relation in quantum gravity"
Philosophy of medicine:
- Ian Kidd (Nottingham) "Pathophobia, Illness and Vice"
- Anna Luise Kirkengen (Oslo) "We are such stuff as life is made of …."
- Coreen McGuire (Bristol) and Jaipreet Virdi (Delaware), "Dr Phyllis Kerridge and the Politics of Disability in Inter-War Britain" (further information)
- Robert Chapman (Bristol) "The Reality of Autism: Beyond the Biomedical Paradigm"
Logic (FSB seminars):
- Kentaro Sato (Bern) "Finitist Axiomatic Truth"
- Johannes Stern "The Modal Completeness of Kripke-Feferman Truth"
- Alex Jones "Contextualism, Tarski and Axiomatic Truth"
- Catrin Campbell-Moore "Infinitesimal probabilities and comparative probabilities"
- Luca Castaldo "On the costs of classical logic"
- Matteo Zicchetti "Reflecting on truth and falsity"
Political Theory and Philosophy seminar:
- Clare Chambers (Cambridge) "Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of a Marriage Free Sate"
- David Axelsen (LSE) "Changing the World, One Distinction at a Time: On Political Theory and Social Change"
- Jessica Begon (Durham) "Disability: Harmful, Disadvantageous, or Neutral?"
- Seamus Bradley (Leeds), "Aggregation for general belief structures and consequences for imprecise probability aggregation"
- Catrin Campbell-Moore, "Believing Probabilistic Contents: Coherence" (with Jason Konek)
- James Wilson, "Accuracy and Probability Kinematics"
- Samir Okasha, "Is there a Bayesian justification of hypothetico‐deductive inference?"
- Jason Konek, "Comparative Belief and Epistemic Interpretavism"
Other ad hoc seminars:
- Amanda Byrant (Lisbon) "Ampliative Inference, Epistemic Trade-Offs, and Disciplinary Autonomy in a Scientifically Responsible Metaphysics"
- Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere) "Ontological Form and Moderate Categorial Relational Realism"
Regular reading groups
- The Metaphysics of Science
- Philosophy of Mathematics – reading Oystein Linnebo’s ‘Thin Objects’
- Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’
Women in Philosophy sessions
Informal discussion meetings with visiting philosophers to discuss anything surrounding the topic of women in philosophy.
- Emily Thomas (Durham)
- Vanessa Heggie (Birmingham)
- Megan Blomfield (Sheffield)
- Lea Ypi (LSE)
- Kirsten Walsh (Exeter)
Our PGR students also organised a Women in Philosophy PGR Conference.
- Book Launch for "Who are universities for?" featuring Richard Pettigrew
- Public Debate - Science, Humanities, and Health: Collaboration across Disciplines and Approaches featuring James Ladyman
- Public talk, Lundy Braun (Brown) "‘Race Correction’ in Medicine: A History of Lung Function Measurements" (read about it here)
- Life of Breath stall at Festival of Nature
- Public talk "What is breathlessness?" by Havi Carel and Life of Breath activity stall at Bristol FUTURES @ We The Curious
- Life of Breath ran a workshop and activity table at Bristol Fun Palaces
- Life of Breath collaborated with local Bristol artist Sophie Rae and the children of Shirehampton Primary School to create a breathing-themed mural (read about it here).
Work in Progress seminars
General departmental work in progress
- Havi Carel "The ethical challenge of FASD: from a rights-based to conflict-based framework"
- Jason Konek "Aggregating Imprecise Probabilities Using Epistemic Utility"
- Robert Chapman "Is Autism Harmful? Why the question is hard to answer (and how to answer it)"
- James Ladyman "Natural Necessity is just the Stuff for Ontic Structural Realism"
- Max Jones "Painful Possibilities"
- Tzuchien Tho "Leibnizian conservation in D'Alembert's Traité de dynamique"
- Lena Zuchowski "Investigating Kuhnian Paradigms"
- Alan Wilson "Exemplarism and Right Action"
- Max Jones "What is counter-factual thought actually for?"
- Martin Sticker "How Common is Common Human Reason?"
- Joshua Habgood-Coote "Democratic Discourse as Conversation"
Postgraduate Work in Progress seminar
- Aadil Kurji, Logical Pluralism
- Walter Viet, Evolutionary Game Theory: A History of Successful Integration
- Gareth Pearce, Are Gettier Problems Unsafe?
- Jacqui Wallis, Ethics of Disability
- Aiden Woodcock, The Dutch Book Arguments and Incoherence
- Lucy James, Rethinking Fundamentality
- Anna Leendertz-Ford, Anatomy of early modern alchemy and chemistry
- Nick Axten, Why is Building a Science of Human Action so Hard?
- Shaun Stanley, Philosophy of Social Science
- Arsham Nejad Kourki, What can genes tell us about homology?
- Aadil Kurji, One True Logic
- Alejandra Casas Munoz, An Inferential Account of Scientific Explanation
- Antonis Antoniou, Scientific Models
- Nick Axten, All swans are white
- Lucy James, Time: The Great Misinformer
- Kieran Woods, Do Entities Cross Scientific Boundaries
- Gareth Pearce, A New Epistemic Argument for Nominalism
- Aiden Woodcock, Consequences of the Bronfman Objection
- Jacqui Wallis, Title Not Confirmed
- Elle Garner, Title Not Confirmed
Half-sessions by MA students
- Jack Lane, Can we save companions in guilt arguments
- Gareth Pearce, Thin objects and abstraction
- Aiden Woodcock, Epistemic Decision Theory
- Damyan Vakharmeev, How should sensory modalities be differentiated?
- Kieran Woods, How can symmetries be discerned?
- Jacqui Wallis, Idealization in Biology