Events in 2019-20
We hosted a range of events in 2019-20
Conferences and Workshops in 2019-20
Philosophy and Biology Workshop
A collaboration between biologists and philosophers at the University of Bristol.
Second Bristol Workshop on History of Modern Philosophy
A collection of recent work on the History of Modern Philosophy.
Workshop on Formal Epistemology
What does it take to be rational? Especially in settings that diverge from the standard perspective of ideal rationality.
Formal Ontology and Metaphysics of Science Workshop
Bringing together philosophers working on formal ontology and metaphysics of science.
Perspectives on Evil
Investigating a range of issues around the theme of evil.
Workshop on Nine's 'Sharing Territories'
Symposium on Brady's 'Suffering and Virtue'
Is suffering vital for the development of virtue?
Philosophy of Cancer Biology Workshop
A philosophy of biology workshop with a focus on cancer.
International Women's Day Philosophy PG Conference
A celebration of International Women's Day organised by our PG students.
Department research seminar
- Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff) - Speech Extraction and Epistemic Injustice
- Bernhard Salow (Oxford) - Sequential Decisions under the Idea of Freedom
- Catrin Campbell-Moore (Bristol) - Undermining Beliefs and Imprecise Probabilities
- Donnchadh O'Conaill (Fribourg) - he Argument From Revelation: Metaphilosophical Issues
- Karim Thebault (Bristol) - On The Limits of Experimental Knowledge
- Katie Robertson (Birmingham) - Autonomy and Asymmetry in the Special Sciences
- Lena Zuchowski (Bristol) - What Kind of Models are Deep-Learning Algorithms?
- Matthew Ratcliffe (York) - The Appropriateness of Grief
- Paul Noordhof (York) - Are the Senses Fragmented By Science?
- Pekka Vayrynen (Leeds) - Normative Explanation Unchained
- Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) - Disorder Revisited
- Sam Wilkinson (Exeter) - What Are We Doing When We Call Someone Mentally Ill?
- Tim Fowler (Bristol) - Funding Procreative Technologies: The (Non) Importance of Adoption
- Joe Saunders (Durham) - What's Wrong with the Master?
Specialised research seminars
Logic (Foundational Studies Bristol group):
- Gil Sagi (Haifa). Logic and Natural Language: Commitments and Constraints
- Kenny Easwaran (Texas A&M) - Realism in Mathematics: The Case of the Hyperreals (joint work with Henry Towsner)
- Damian Szmuc (Buenos Aires) - A Classical Logic of Nonsense
- Martin Fischer (Munich) - Hype, Truth and Predicative Analysis
- Beau Madison Mont (Oxford) - Esoteric quantifiers and expressive power.
- Sam Roberts (Oslo) - Ultimate V
- Thomas Schindler (Amsterdam) - Numbers and Numerically Definite Quantifiers
- Ollie Tatton-Brown - The Logic of Arithmetic
- Johannes Stern - Belief, Truth, and Ways of Believing
- Luca Castaldo - KF, PKF, and Reinhardt's program (Joint work with Johannes Stern)
Philosophy of Physics:
- Gábor Hofer-Szabó (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) - Contextuality and the Kochen-Specker theorem
- Tushar Menon (Cambridge)
- Henrique Gomes (Cambridge) - Gauge-fixing and the empirical significance of symmetries
- James Fraser (Durham) - Understanding Ultraviolet Divergences
- Sean Gryb (Groningen) - Explaining time's arrow: how scale symmetry affects notions of typicality in the universe
- Simon Saunders (Oxford) - Disinterpreting the Everett interpretation: quantum mechanics without probability
Political Theory and Philosophy seminar:
- Alice Baderin (Reading): Anticipatory Injustice
- Kerri Woods (Leeds) - Institutional Ignorance and the (Harmful) Construction of LGBTQ Identities in UK Asylum Policy Instructions
- Gemma Bird (Liverpool) - The ‘badlands’ of the Balkan Route(s): refugee housing and support in urban hubs
- Gina Schouten (Harvard) - Justice and Legitimacy in Caregiver Support: Managing Tradeoffs between Gender Egalitarian and Economic Egalitarian Social Aims
- Leszek Wroński (Jagiellonian University, Kraków) - Dutch Books, Probabilism and Exploitability
- Kevin Zollman (CMU) - Wisdom of the crowds and information cascades: modeling the boundary
General Philosophy of Science:
- Alice Murphy (Leeds) - Thought Experiments and the Value of Surprise
Philosophy of medicine:
- Jeremy Simon (Columbia) - Is it true that the valiant never taste of death but once?: A pluralistic approach to time of death
Regular reading groups
- The Metaphysics of Science (associated with the corresponding ERC project)
- Truth and Semantics (associated with the corresponding ERC project)
- Hegel "Phenomenology of Mind"
Women in Philosophy sessions
Informal discussion meetings with visiting philosophers to discuss anything surrounding the topic of women in philosophy.
- Catrin Campbell-Moore (Bristol)
- Katie Robertson (Birmingham)
- Lena Zuchowski (Bristol)
- Rachel Cooper (Lancaster)
Our PGR students also organised a Women in Philosophy PGR Conference as a celebration of International Womens Day.
- Catch Your Breath exhibition.
- A seires of classes open to all adults "Thinking Philosophically".
- Public Lecture and Panel Discussion: Why Precision Medicine is not Very Precise (and why this should not surprise us)
- Book discussion in Waterstones on "Materialism A Historical and Philosophical Inquiry"
- Staff-student discussion event open to the public on "Einstein, Bohr and the Quantum Heresy"
Work in Progress seminars
General departmental work in progress
- Alan Wilson
- Alex Franklin
- Ana-Maria Cretu
- Chris Bertram
- James Ladyman
- Josh Habgood-Coote
- Martin Sticker
- Max Jones
- Robert Chapman
- Simon Allzén
- Stuart Presnell
Postgraduate Work in Progress seminar
- Aadil Kurji
- João Pinheiro
- Lize Alberts
- Matthew King
- Nick Ormrod
- Shaun Stanley