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Department of Philosophy

Research Events

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 some recent examples.

  • 29th April 2015 John Heil (Oxford)
    Action and Integration
  • 26th November 2014 Margaret Morrison (Toronto)
    Capturing Reality with Fictional Models
  • 22nd October 2014 Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)
    Dogwhistles: Implicit communication and political manipulation
  • 19th February 2014 John Skorupski (St Andrews)
    The Place of Justice in Ethics
  • 11th December 2013 Peter Lamarque (York)
    Literature and the Re-shaping of the Mind
  • 23rd October 2013 Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)
    The Problem of Fr** W*ll

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 and coming events include the following. Further information relating to forthcoming events can be accessed here:

  • Hume and Naturalism workshop (16th to 17th July 2015)
  • Making the Most of Evidence in Education - CHESS Workshop (08th June 2015)
  • Virtuous Adversariality: Virtues in Philosophical Practice (26th May 2015)
  • Climate Science, Values and Politics - One Day Workshop (28th May 2015)
  • Durham Diversity Inclusion Group: Spring Workshop: Responsibility and Resistance (22nd April 2015)
  • The Metaphysics of Consciousness - Location & Venue: Durham University Institute for Advanced Study Seminar Room (26th March 2015)
  • Philosophy and Public Policy: Philosophical Activism - workshop III. Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) Further
    information can be accessed here
    (30th to 31st October 2014)
  • PhD Workshop and Buffet - Venue: Birley Room, Hatfield College. 10:30am with lunch at 14:00pm Further information can be accessed here (09th October 2014)
  • '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).
  • '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.
  • 'Attention and Consciousness’ (13-14th June 2013). Keynote Speakers: Ned Block (NYU), Bob Kentridge (Durham), Catherine Tallon-Baudry (UPMC), James Stazicker (Reading).
  • 'Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language' (27-28th May 2013). Keynote Speakers: Susan Carey (Harvard), Maggie McGonigle(Edinburgh), Wolfram Hinzen (Durham)
  • '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.
  • '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.
  • 'Scientific Realism in Light of the History of Science' (7-8th September 2012).
  • 'Wittgenstein on Scientism' (3rd July 2012).
  • 'The Physics and Philosophy of Kirchhoff’s Theory of Diffraction' (29th May 2012).

See also here for further conferences and events.