Durham Philosophy Department has a vibrant research community and holds regular seminars alongside workshops and conferences. To learn more about such events please click here where you will be taken through to the events section in our main navigation bar.
The following is a list of some of the recent research events organized by the department with direct links to more information:
RIP Lectures - Durham University is pleased to host a guest lecture series as part of the north-east centre for the Royal Institute of Philosophy. The lecture series attracts top speakers from around the world. Here are a couple of examples from this year's programme.
23rd October 2013 Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)
The Problem of Fr** W*ll
11th December 2013 Peter Lamarque (York)
Literature and the Re-shaping of the Mind
19th February 2014 John Skorupski (St Andrews)
The Place of Justice in Ethics
CHMD Research Seminars - The Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, associated with the philosophy department through our research into the history and philosophy of science and medicine, holds a research series throughout the year. See here for details.
Conferences and workshops
Our department has organized and hosted a broad range of research conferences and workshops, either as stand-alone events or as part of on-going projects. Recent events include:
- 'The Physics and Philosophy of Kirchhoff’s Theory of Diffraction' (29th May 2012).
- 'Structure in Chemistry' (2-3rd July 2012). Speakers: Robin Hendry, Barry Carpenter, William Goodwin, Paul Popelier, Michael Weisberg, Brian Sutcliffe, R. Guy Woolley, Jean-Pierre Llored.
- 'Wittgenstein on Scientism' (3rd July 2012).
- 'Scientific Realism in Light of the History of Science' (7-8th September 2012).
- 'Information Systems and the Four-Category Ontology' (20-21st May 2013). This two-day workshop brought together metaphysicians, applied ontologists, and information systems theorists to discuss the practical application of a four-category ontology to the design of information systems.
- 'The Aesthetics of Imperfection' (24-25th May 2013). Speakers: Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Lee Patterson, Ted Gioia, Darius Brubeck, David Udolf, Frances-Marie Uitti, Francesco Martinelli, Enrico Pieranunzi, John Tilbury, John Butcher, Louise Gibbs, Rosita Holmes, Steve Beresford. Hosted by: Andy Hamilton.
- 'Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language' (27-28th May 2013). Keynote Speakers: Susan Carey (Harvard), Maggie McGonigle(Edinburgh), Wolfram Hinzen (Durham)
- 'Attention and Consciousness’ (13-14th June 2013). Keynote Speakers: Ned Block (NYU), Bob Kentridge (Durham), Catherine Tallon-Baudry (UPMC), James Stazicker (Reading).
- 'Ways of Being in Time: Perspectives from Psychopathology' (1st July 2013). Speakers included Matthew Ratcliffe and Shaun Gallagher.
- 'Unconceived Alternatives and Epistemic Humility' (1-2nd July 2013).
See also here for further conferences and events.