Optional seminars (MA & MSc students)
In addition to the seminars for your registered modules, there are a whole host of activities you can get involved in during your time in the Department.
Please note that these seminars are available to current King's students ONLY.
Taught postgraduate seminar
Concepts of Health seminar
There will be a general MA/MSc seminar on Wednesday afternoons, 16:30–18:00 in K3.11, King's Building.
This seminar is not tied to any particular module, and participation is not compulsory, but it can be highly beneficial and is strongly recommended.
For the first five weeks of the Autumn semester, the seminar will be led by members of the faculty, who will introduce and discuss some very general philosophical techniques and principles, even more general than will be getting covered in the ‘General Philosophy’ module itself. These five sessions will be especially useful for conversion students, but Philosophy graduates may well benefit from some of them too, and will be warmly welcome. The series will open with a discussion on philosophical essay-writing, and it will then proceed to cover some really fundamental philosophical ideas, the kind of things that you will need to know, but which are so basic that they might just be taken for granted in your various individual modules.
After those first five weeks, for the remainder of the first semester and the whole of the second, the seminar will be handed over to student presentations. Each week, a student will volunteer to give a presentation and take questions on a work in progress, drawn from any area of Philosophy. If you are working on a topic for one of your essays, you might find this a good way to get some useful tips and ideas from your peers. And then you can help them out in return, by offering feedback on their own work.
Other events / London seminars
Philosophy of Medicine students in particular (but also anyone else who happens to be interested) should endeavour to attend the 'Concepts of Health' seminar, and any other seminars or talks you might find in the Centre for the Humanities and Health.
Although you might not receive any formal credit for this, much of what will be discussed will be directly relevant to the issues that you will be focussing on in the MA Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry programme, and attendance will surely benefit you in your studies.
In addition, there are always special seminars and colloquia going on in London, through the various colleges and the Institute of Philosophy at University of London's School of Advanced Study.
Within King's, the Philosophy Society lays on various talks and other activities; and our department also hosts several more informal reading groups. You'd be welcome to attend any of these.
Finally, there is a departmental weekend away at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor every October, where you'll both get to hear a variety of philosophical talks and also get the opportunity to socialise with the faculty and other students at all levels.