Announcement of Jacobsen Essay Prize Winner

Wednesday 12 June 2019
The Jacobsen Committee is delighted to announce that the joint winners of the Jacobsen Essay Prize are: Athamos Stradis, KCL, for his essay ‘The Unbridged Gap between entropy and memory’ and Jake Wojtowicz, KCL, for his essay ‘The Narcissism of Agent-Regret’   The Jacobsen Essay Prize is open to all research students of the University of London. Anonymized essays are blind-reviewed by the Jacobsen committee, composed by academics from UCL, LSE, BBK, IP, and KCL.

Call for Applications – Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 2019/20

Tuesday 14 May 2019
  Call for Applications – Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 2019/20 The Institute of Philosophy is extending a call for International and UK based candidates to apply for Visiting Fellowships for up to 6 months (dependent on the fellowship route applied for). The Institute currently runs two types of fellowship: Collaborative Fellowships

Call For Papers | Jacobsen Prize In Philosophy | Deadline 14th Jan 2019

Thursday 22 November 2018
JACOBSEN PRIZE IN PHILOSOPHY   1. The J A B Jacobsen Prize of the value of £750 is awarded from funds donated to the University by Mr Jacobsen, who was concerned to propagate a better understanding of life as a universal concept, in the interests of minimising egocentricity, nationalism, and sectarianism. 2. Essays should have a title and may be on a topic in any area of Philosophy. A candidate may submit only one essay. If the Jacobsen Committee so advise, the Prize may be shared.  

IP Director Barry Smith to discuss the senses at How the Light Gets In festival.

Friday 24 August 2018
Our director Professor Barry Smith is going to be diving into the weird and wonderful world of the senses in an interactive workshop at @HowTheLightGetsIn festival in London this September. U nique mix of ideas and music, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London for a weekend of debates, talks, music, comedy and more. Learn more here:   

Changing the world changes us: Self-Impressions at Tate shows how

Friday 10 August 2018
  How do we see ourselves in the eyes of others? From our pictures posted on social media, to expectations about how others will judge or understand us, we constantly learn about ourselves through the effects we have on our surroundings. This is the topic explored at a unique public engagement event at the new Blavatnik building at Tate Modern, 24–25 March.

Consciousness is difficult to study

Friday 6 July 2018
Nick Shea, IP Professor of Philosophy, was interviewed by Catherine De Lange for a special issue of New Scientist on difficult concepts. They discussed how people sort between 'difficult' and everyday concepts, and whether concept-metacognition is involved. That didn't make it into the magazine, but there is a nice short piece on why consciousness is a difficult thing to study:

Institute to host new visiting fellows

Monday 19 March 2018
The Institute of Philosophy will host new Visiting Fellows:  Professor Robert Stainton , Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western, will be here until 30 May 2018.  Professor Catherine Wearing , Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College, will be here until 30 April 2018.  Dr Elizabeth Edenberg , Senior Ethicist at Georgetown University, will be here from 9 May until 8 August 2018. 

Oculus Research awards a research grant 

Monday 19 March 2018
Oculus Research, from Facebook, Seattle WA, awarded a £100,000 research grant to Professor Hayward to investigate visuo-tactile interactions in virtual reality settings. This fundamental research project aims at discovering the conditions under which virtual objects are experienced as being actively touched rather than merely provoking mechanical sensations.

Google sponsors research into deafblind communication devices

Monday 19 March 2018
Google awarded three consecutive Faculty Research Awards (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, total: US$200,000) to Professor Vincent Hayward, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, to support research on "Tactile Communication Technology for Use by The Deafblind".     Professor Hayward working with Sven Topp, who is a deafblind researcher from Austrilia, and Basil Duvernoy, a PhD candidate from Sorbonne Université, to develop a machine-mediated, affordable technology capable of reproducing formal Deafblind communication techniques with a minimal learning curve.