Mental Representation – Naturalistic Approaches - 2 day conference 20th & 21st May 2016

Tuesday 2 February 2016
What is the nature of representational content? Can a naturalistic theory or account be given of the content of mental representations? This conference will take stock of the new wave of work on that issue. There will be a particular focus on some of the simpler systems whose operation has been well-characterised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics to be addressed include: - What role if any do functions play in fixing representational content? - How should such functions be characterised? - What is the role of ‘exploitable relations’ in fixing content?

Bodytalk: a new theoretical seminar series hosted at the Institute of Philosophy

Monday 11 January 2016
We currently have a wealth of physiological and perceptual data on the body, but little theoretical tradition, and few scientific theories about what constitutes bodily awareness, what functions it may have, and what mechanisms may generate it. This is the theoretical gap that we would like to fill in a series of seminar meetings by tracking and developing new thinking about somatic experience, bodily awareness, and bodily self in physiology, psychology and philosophy.

Institute of Philosophy 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Tuesday 24 November 2015
On the 4th December the Insttitute of Philosopy celebrates10 years of promoting and facilitating high quality research in philosophy . To celebrate we will be hosting a series of talks from prominent philosophers on developments in Philopophy in the last 10 years. The programme of talks is as follows Chairs : Barry Smith (director, IP) ; Tim Crane (Cambridge) 2.05-2.20 Introduction (Tim Crane) 2.20-3.00: Helen Beebee (Manchester) Ten years for philosophers in the UK. 3.00-3.40: Tim Williamson (Oxford) Ten years of epistemology, metaphysics and logic.

Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Forum programme 2015-16

Tuesday 29 September 2015
LEM - Logic, Epistemology & Metaphysics Forum 2015-16 Programme Winter   Tuesday 27/10, 17:30- 19:30 - Room 246 Senate House Florian Steinberger (Birkbeck College, University of London) Title: What it might mean for logic to be normative


Tuesday 1 September 2015
Identity Proposals are sought from UK philosophy departments (not including University of London) to organise a one or two day philosophy conference on a topic related to the notion of identity, broadly construed (i.e. metaphysics, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, etc.)   The conference will be financially supported by the Institute, who will also provide the venue.  Proposals – of no more than three pages – should contain: - a clear rationale for the theme or topic chosen; - a list of possible speakers;

Ophelia Deroy promoted to readership

Wednesday 29 July 2015
Dr Ophelia Deroy, researcher at the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses, has been promoted to a readership. This recognises Dr Deroy’s outstanding contribution to research in philosophy and cognitive neuroscience, notably through the ‘Rethinking the Senses' grant awarded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council). Dr Deroy's publications in philosophy and cognitive science journals have placed her uniquely to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary projects, and she is now managing a new research project with Tate Galleries.