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.

Professor Cecilia Heyes to give this year's Chandaria Lectures in December 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017
The Institute of Philosophy is delighted to announce that this year's Chandaria Lecture series will be given by Professor Cecilia Heyes of the University of Oxford. This year’s lectures will take place on the 8 th , 12 th and 15 th of December in the Chancellor’s Hall at Senate House, London. The Chancellor's Hall will be accessible from 5:30pm and the lecture will run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The Chandaria Lectures tend to be very popular so it is recommended that you arrive early to secure a seat.

Call for applications - Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 2017/18

Friday 23 June 2017
Call for Applications – Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 2017/18 The Institute of Philosophy is extending a call for International and UK based candidates to apply for Visiting Fellowships for up to 6 months (dependant on the fellowship route applied for). Currently the Institute runs two types of fellowship –

CFP PLM4 - 4th Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference, Bochum, 21-23 SEPT 2017

Friday 19 May 2017
CFP PLM4 - 4th Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference, Bochum, 21-23 SEPT 2017   CALL FOR PAPERS   PLM is a European network of centers devoted to the Philosophy of Language and Mind and organizes a biennial international conference series with leading experts on the field.   The Fourth PLM conference will take place:   Venue: Ruhr University Bochum Time: 21-23 September 2017 Homepage: The conference welcomes the submission of abstracts in the areas of

Jacobsen Prize winning essay- Seeing and Differentiating - Jørgen Dyrstad

Tuesday 31 January 2017
We are very pleased to present here Jørgen Dyrstad's (KCL) winning submission for this year's Jacobsen Prize in Philosophy Seeing and Differentiating - Jørgen Dyrstad (link) The J A B Jacobsen Essay Prize 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 minimizing egocentricity, nationalism, and sectarianism.


Thursday 26 January 2017
To all University of London philosophy research students: LONDON-BERKELEY GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2017 The 14th London-Berkeley conference will be held on 5th and 6th May in Berkeley, California. We expect there to be four papers given by University of London research students in philosophy, with Berkeley respondents, and four papers given by Berkeley students with London respondents. The conference will be organised by the Philosophy department at the Berkeley in partnership with the Institute of Philosophy, University of London.