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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 holidays 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


KCL Philosophy Blog

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. 

Fellow Creatures (Korsgaard)

Time: Fridays at 1pm

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convener: Daniel Elbro and Alexander Bonham

Formal Methods Reading Group

Reading group of the Formal Methods research cluster. It is normally focussed on the work of the current year’s Formal Methods Masterclass speaker. In 2018-19 we read Andrew Bacon’s Vagueness and Thought (OUP 2018).

Time: Fridays at 11am

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convenor: Julien Dutant

Knowledge and its Limits

Time: Tuesdays at 1pm

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convener: Gregor Bös and Julia Wilam

Medicine and the Mind

Convenor: Dr Tuomas Pernu
Time and venue to be confirmed, see for more information.

Minorities and Philosophy

Time: Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convener: Astrid Oredsson

The theme is for the rest of this term: Alternative Epistemologies. 

Week 6 (7th Nov.): Alison Wylie 'Why Standpoint Theory Matters’ (see our previous post for details & the paper).

Week 7 (14th Nov.): Rae Langton ‘Feminism in Epistemology: Exclusion and Objectification’

Week 8 (21st Nov.): Sandra Harding 'Discriminatory Epistemologies and Philosophies of Science' from her book Science and Social Inequality - Feminist and Postcolonial Issues.

Week 9 (28th Nov.): Amia Srinivasan 'Philosophy and Ideology'

Week 10 (5th Dec.): Guest speaker TBC (room & time may change but we will let you know in plenty of time)

More information:

(Mostly) Metaphysics Reading Group

Time: Thursdays at 12pm

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convenor: Roope-Kristian Ryymin 

Phenomenology Reading Group: Husserl on Concept Acquisition
Time: Tuesday 23rd January at 11am
            Tuesday 6th February at 11am
            Tuesday 20th February at 11am
            Tuesday 6th March at 11am
            Tuesday 20th March at 11am
            Tuesday 3rd April at 11am
            Tuesday 17th April at 11am

 Room 3.08, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus

Hamid Taieb & Gregor Boes
Philosophy of Science

Time: Wednesdays at 3pm

Venue: Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus

Convenors: Sam Kimpton-Nye, Alexander Franklin and John Heron

London Mind Group
The London Mind Group is an intercollegiate University of London group featuring read-ahead meetings where postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers can share their work. Once each academic term they also host an invited guest for a more traditional, non-read-ahead meeting.
More information can be found here.

Departmental events calendar

The Departmental events calendar lists reading groups, visiting speaker talks and seminar series, along with other departmental events organised by graduate students and staff. It also includes all bookings for room 508 in the philosophy building. If you would like to add an event to the calendar, or to book 508 for a research event, please email    

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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