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Department of Philosophy

Eidos - Postgraduate Philosophy Society

Eidos is the Durham philosophy postgraduate research group. Unless otherwise stated; we meet every week on Tuesday at 6:15pm in Room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet to hear a paper given by a postgraduate in the department. The point of the society is to provide valuable feedback on other postgraduates’ work. Eidos will commence on 15th November 2016.

Papers are typically about 45 minutes, followed by half an hour of questions, after which we will go to the pub or for some dinner.

All PhD students are required to present at Eidos at least once a year, MA students are also strongly encouraged to present if they wish. The paper can be whatever you want, be it a work in progress or a conference paper that you are preparing, or a completed paper.

Eidos also runs valuable career development talks, where established academics give talks on getting published, organising conferences, writing CVs and the other trials and tribulations of an academic career.

In addition to the afternoon sessions, we also run Eidos days, where several papers will be read.

Hope to see many of you there.

If you wish to present at Eidos, please send an email to Richard Stuart

2017/18 Academic Year

Our sessions will run as below:

*Tuesdays, Michaelmas term, 14th November 2017 until 12th December 2017 (6:15pm - 7:30pm), Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet)
*Tuesdays, Epiphany term, 16th January 2018 until 13th March 2018 (6:15pm - 7:30pm), Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet)
*Tuesdays, Easter term, 24th April 2018 until 19th June 2018 (6:15pm - 7:30pm), Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet)

The schedule for our 2017/18 Academic is below:

Easter Term

24th April 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
'The Individual Right to Self-Defence'
Emily Pollard

1st May 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
'Responses to Externalities in Animal Product Markets'
Marcus Ventin

8th May 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

15th May 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

22nd May 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

29th May 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

5th June 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

12th June 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication

19th June 2018, Room PO/005 (located in 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham)
Details pending publication


Eidos sessions will begin on Tuesday 15th November 2017
as per the information above and will run weekly throughout the term.

An archive of previous sessions is below for your perusal:

2017/18 Academic Year

Epiphany Term

16th January 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Who Ought to Make the Value Choices That Inform Public Policy?' - Tamlyn Munslow
23rd January 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham Title to be confirmed - Pedro Merlussi
30th January 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Metaphysical Foundationalism and Cosmic Loops' - Jamie Taylor
06th February 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'An Inferentialist Approach to Model-Based Understanding' - Harry Lewendon-Evans
13th February 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Democratically Produced Aggregative Harms' - Richard Williams
20th February 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Something, Something, Dispositions' - Giacomo Giannini
27th February 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Outlines of a Trinitarian Metaphysics' - Damiano Migliorini
06th March 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'The Paradox of Fictional Emotion and its Metaphysical Dimension' - Andrew Thomas
13th March 2018,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Aquinas, Emergence and Category Theory' - Calum Robson
Michaelmas Term
14th November 2017,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham

'Some of the Things I Wished I Known When I Started My PhD.' Dr. William Peden

21st November 2017,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham

‘Role of Reflection in Hume’s Aesthetics’ Byoungjae Kim

28th November 2017,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham

‘Mental Properties: Strongly Emergent Power Qualities’ Joaquim Giannotti

5th December 2017,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham

'Watching the watchman: private property rights as a solution to democratically produced aggregative harms' Richard Williams

12th December 2017,18:15pm in PO 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham 'Why Life Isn't Worth Living' - Dr. Chris Cowie
2016/17 Academic Year
Michaelmas Term 2016
22nd November 2016 Harry Lewendon-Evans: Finer details pending confirmation
15th November 2016
Jamie Taylor: Why is Mereology Innocent?
29th November 2016 Richard Williams: Democracy: What really goes on
06th December 2016 Sarah Wieten: Details to be confirmed
13th December 2016 Rune Nyrup: Details to be confirmed
Epiphany Term 2016
17th January 2017 Tamlyn Munslow: Details to be confirmed
24th January 2017 Details to be confirmed
31st January 2017 Byougjae Kim: Details to be confirmed
07th February 2017 Details to be confirmed
14th February 2017 Details to be confirmed
21st February 2017 Details to be confirmed
28th February 2017 Details to be confirmed
07th March 2017 Details to be confirmed
14th March 2017 PhD Presentation Forum
Easter Term 2016
20th June 2017, 6.15pm.
Room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet.
Some Problems in the Description of Mechanisms
Saul Perez-Gonzalez

2015/16 Academic Year

Michaelmas Term 2015
27th October 2015 Byoungjae Kim: "Hume on the Problem of Other Minds"
03rd November 2015 Donal Khosrowi: "Donal Khosrowi - Getting Rigorous about Similarity"
10th November 2015 Tinne Claes: "How anatomists handled the corpse in the nineteenth century (and why)"
17th November 2015 Harry Lewendon-Evans: "The Conceptual Construction of Scientific Phenomena"
24th November 2015 Editors of Philosophical Writings: Introduction. Since the CHESS Seminar tonight has been cancelled, Eidos will commence at 6:15pm on 24th November 2015
01st December 2015 Jamie Taylor: "On Metaphysical Grounding"
08th December 2015 Salome Jacob: Details to be confirmed
15th December 2015 Anna Bortolan: Details to be confirmed
Epiphany Term 2016
26th January 2016 Yang Guo: Details to be confirmed
02nd February 2016 Donal Khosrowi: Details to be confirmed
09th February 2016 There will be no Eidos on this date
16th February 2016 Details to be confirmed
23rd February 2016 Details to be confirmed
01st March 2016 Details to be confirmed
08th March 2016 Details to be confirmed
15th March 2016 Details to be confirmed
Easter Term 2016
17th May 2016 Donal Khosrowi and Erin Nash will both give short presentations on the topic of Experts and Values in Science
24th May 2016 Byoungjae Kim - Hume's Theory of Moral Judgement
31st May 2016 Lucienne Spencer - Burkean Conservatism.
07th June 2016 Jamie Taylor - "(Really) changing the past".
14th June 2016

There will be no Eidos this week

21st June 2016

Julia Tinland - "Between medicalisation and resilience: two different diagnostic approaches to vulnerability in psychiatry".

2014/15 Academic Year

Michaelmas Term 2014
14th October 2014 Anna de Bruyckere
Analytical existentialism and philosophy of science: constructing a trading zone
Further information can be accessed here
21st October 2014 Alex Malt
Political Philosophy after Alan Turing
Further information can be accessed here
28th October 2014 Gergely Kertesz
Causation, Transitivity and Couterfactuals
Further information can be accessed here
04th November 2014 Rune Nyrup
How Explanatory Reasoning Justifies Pursuit: A Peircean View of IBE
Further information can be accessed here
11th November 2014 Session on 'the philosophy PG life' (5.30pm, 48 Old Elvet, room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet)
All Postgraduates are cordially invited to come along to this EIDOS special. Some Postgraduates and staff members will together give short talks (roughly 5 to 10 minutes each) on a range of topics, from expectations management to the sociability of philosophers, and from personal well-being to procrastination tricks.
18th November 2014 Jamie Taylor
Priority Monism and Junk
Further information can be accessed here
25th November 2014 William Peden
Details pending
02nd December 2014 Joshua Bergamin
Details pending
09th December 2014 William Peden
Details pending
Epiphany Term 2015
20th January 2015 Xi-Yang Guo
No Measure of Knowledge (as such)
Further information can be accessed here
27th January 2015 Details pending
03rd February 2015 Harry Lewendon-Evans
Details pending
10th February 2015 Details pending
17th February 2015 Details pending
24th February 2015 Details pending
03rd March 2015 Gergely Kertesz
Details pending
10th March 2015 Anna Bortolan
Details pending
17th March 2015 Details pending
Easter Term Term 2015
28th April 2015 Details pending
05th May 2015 Details pending
12th May 2015 Details pending
19th May 2015 Salome Jacob
Details pending
26th May 2015 Mesut Malik Yavuz
02nd June 2015 Details pending
09th June 2015 Details pending
16th June 2015 Details pending
23rd June 2015 Details pending
30th June 2015 Details pending
EIDOS Day