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Research seminars and reading groups

Research seminars and reading groups

academic servicesThe Department of Philosophy at King's College London is a lively research environment, with many active research seminars and student-run reading groups happening every week during term time (and often during the vacations too!)  Our seminars and reading groups are primarily aimed at postgraduates and above, but are generally open to all. For further information about any of these groups, please email the convenor.


Research seminars


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The KCL Philosophy blog is an online platform for current research, debates and events taking place within the Department. 

Reading groups

In general, reading groups are open to all postgraduate students and staff, although many groups are also open to and welcome undergraduates. 

Before attending your first meeting, it is a good idea to email the convenor.


City-centric urban studies

City-Centric is an interdisciplinary urban studies reading group, based within the English Department at King’s College London. We aim to gather together graduate students and staff from across a range of academic disciplines with a particular interest in the urban environment. This year we will explore works, articles, books and ideas on the theme of surveillance. We meet once a month, on a Tuesday (dates and links to readings listed on the website). The group is intercollegiate, at postgraduate level.

The reading group speaks to questions of Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy and Ethics; additionally, we anticipate extensive engagement with Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy.

Please find all relevant information on the website:


Time: Wednesdays, 15.00-16.30
Venue: G.01, Norfolk Building, Strand
Convenor: Christian Stevens


Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00
Venue: 4.10, Virginia Woolf Building
Convenor: Mike Coxhead


Time: Tuesdays, 17.00-18.00
Venue: Room 501, Philosophy Building

r: Dr Natalie Gold


Time: Fridays, 18.00-19.00
Venue: Room K2.41, King's Building
Convenor: Desiree Lim

25/09/2015 Reading: Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex

Medicine and the Mind

Time: Fridays, 16.00-17.30 (beginning 02 October 2015)
Venue: TBA (see
ConvenorDr Tuomas Pernu
Participants are invited to suggest readings. Open to all.


Time: Thursdays,13:00-14:00
Venue: Room K1.27, Strand
Charles Côté-Bouchard

All (students and staff) are welcome



Time: Fridays, 16.00-17.00
Venue: TBC
Convenor: Tuomas Pernu
You can also join us on Facebook


Start date: Monday 12th October 2015
Time: Mondays, 15:00-17:00
Venue: Room B01, 30 Russell Square, Birkbeck
Convenor: Professor D-H Ruben

Weekly Metaphysics Seminar for all University of London MPhil Stud and PhD students in Philosophy.

Mind, Metaphysics and Psychology
Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building
Speaker: Anil Gomes, University of Oxford
Comments by David Jenkins
Date: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building
Speaker: Naomi Eilan, University of Warwick
Comments by Eleonore Von Haller
Date: Tuesday 22 November 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building
Speaker: Scott Sturgeon, University of Birmingham

Comments by Ran Wu

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building
Speaker: Carlotta Pavese, Duke University

Time: Wednesdays, 15.00-16.00

Venue: Room 5.04, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus

Convenor: Emma Syea

Normativity and rationality

Time: Tuesdays, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convenor: Clayton Littlejohn


Time: Mondays, 15.00-16.00
Venue: Graduate Common Room, Philosophy Building
Convenor: Jorgen Dyrstad

Philosophy of action

Start date: Monday 4th January 2016 - weekly thereafter
Time: 15.00-17.00
Convenor: Prof D-H Ruben
Location: Birkbeck, Room B01, 30 Russell Square

Open to all University of London postgraduate research students in Philosophy.

Philosophy of thought

Time: Fridays, 12.00-13.00
Venue: K-1.99, Strand
Convenor: Martijn Wallage

Rationality and reasoning

Time: Wednesdays, 12.00-13.00
Venue: St David's Room (2nd floor, the Strand)
Convenor: Claire Field

Somerset Hegel

Time: Thursdays, 14:00-15:30
Room SW 1.17, first floor of the Somerset House East Wing
KJuris and the Yeoh Tiang Lay Centre of Politics, Philosophy and Law

Details :

Each fortnight we will be reading a short text by Hegel and a suitable related secondary text. The idea is to keep the whole thing light-hearted and jolly. PhD students are very welcome. Please do forward this invitation to your PhD students.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided. If you plan to attend please do let me know so I can make sure there are plenty of biscuits.


Time: Fridays, 14.00-15.00

Venue: K0.17, Strand, except on 30/01: S-1.01, Strand; and 27/03: K-1.88, Strand
Convenor: Jake Wojtowicz

Questions and interrogative attitudes

Time: Wednesdays, 15.00-16.00

Venue: 7/10/2015 - 28/10/2015 and 02/12/2015 - 09/12/2015: 3.02, Chesham Building, Strand Campus.

11/11/2015 - 25/11/2015 and 13/01/2016 - 30/03/2016: K1.27, King's Building, Strand Campus.

Convenor: Giulia Felappi

Questions and interrogative attitudes

Time: Wednesdays, 15.00-16.00

If you are interested in starting a new research seminar or reading group, please email  for guidance.

Outside the Department

Beyond the Department, the Institute of Philosophy at Stewart House synchronises a host of research seminars, aimed primarily at research students and staff, details of which can be found on their website.


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