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Upcoming Events

SPA 2023 Annual Conference on the theme “Naturalism” plus AGM

University of Edinburgh (Bayes Centre – G.03)

7th-8th of December

  • Speakers include Jennifer Corns (Glasgow), Alex Douglas (St Andrews), and Katie Robertson (Stirling) plus a discussion panel with Debbie Roberts (Edinburgh), Michael Wheeler (Stirling) and Jo Wolff (Edinburgh). Full programme here.

Neutrality and Neutralism Workshop

  • Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews
  • November 30th – December 1st 2023
  • Venue: School II, United College, St Salvator’s Quad, St Andrews, KY169AL

Social Ontology Conference (16-19 August, Stockholm)

SPA Annual General Meeting 2022


Thursday 8th of December (in Dalhousie 1S10, Building 1, Second Floor, Room 10)

  • Launch event for ACE (Analytic-Continental Encounters) – St. Andrews and Dundee
  • 4.00 pm – 6.00pm Graham Priest – Nothingness and the limits of thought/language
  • 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm Drinks at DCA

Friday 9th of December (in Dalhousie 1S03, Building 1, Second floor, Room 3)

  • 09.30 – 11:00 Walter Pedrali – The Labyrinth of Norms. Temporal Externalism and Marxist Ethics
  • 11.00 – 11.15 Break – Coffee and Tea
  • 11.15 – 12:45 Graham Priest – Social Atomism and its Problems—Metaphysical and Political
  • 12.45 – 14:00 Break
  • 14:00 – 15:30 AGM of the Scots Philosophical Association
  • 15.30 – 16:00 Break – Coffee and Tea
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Amelie Berger-Soraruff – Challenging Innovation in Philosophy of Technology and Design

SPA Annual General Meeting 2022


Friday 14th January 2022 (via Zoom)

  •  09:30 – 11:00 Jennifer Smalligan Marusic
  • 11:00 – 1115 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:45 Stephanie Rennick
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Break
  • 14:00 – 15:30 AGM of the Scots Philosophical Association
  • 15;30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Elizabeth Barnes


4th-5th May 2020 – Workshop on Social Media and Public Pedagogy

St Andrews

17th-19th April 2020 – Conference on General Philosophy: “3rd Annual CEPPA Graduate Conference

29th-30th April 2020 – Workshop on History of Philosophy: “Theories of Paradox in the Middle Ages


7th-8th May 2020 – Seminar on History of Philosophy: “Scottish Seminary in Early Modern Philosophy XI

18th-19th June 2020 – Seminar on Moral Philosophy: “Kant and Epistemic Norms” (Details forthcoming)

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Recent Events at St. Andrews

18th-19th April 2019 – Conference on Eleatics: “New trends in the Study of Eleatism

15th-16th June 2019 – Conference on Epistemology: “Epistemic Breakthroughs

13th-14th September 2019 – Conference on Moral Philosophy: “The Early Critique of Kant’s Moral Philosophy

11th-12th October 2019 – Conference on Ancient Philosophy: “The Soul In Ancient Philosophy

2nd November 2019 – Conference on Philosophy of Education: “Philosophy in Schools

3rd December 2019 – Symposium on Moral Philosophy: “Kant’s ‘Supposed Right to Lie”

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CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy; St Andrews; 8 – 10 February


What Difference Does It Make?

Philosophy’s Impact Beyond Philosophy


2nd CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy  

8-10 February 2019 in St Andrews, Edgecliffe 104

The second CEPPA Graduate Conference provides a platform for early-career moral and political philosophers to discuss their work in a constructive and friendly environment.

The conference is open to all, and we especially encourage you to attend if you are not studying philosophy at university but are interested in moral and political philosophy nonetheless.

This year, the theme of our conference focuses on the question what impact philosophy can and should have beyond academia. We are asking our speakers to explain how society might benefit from better understanding their topic, and how their research can make a difference.

We are especially delighted to have Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia) delivering a talk on how to be a public philosopher. Everyone interested in making an impact with philosophy is very welcome to attend.

Lunch Tea and Coffee will be provided for all attendants.


17:00 Registration and Wine Reception

18:00 “So, You Want to Be a Public Philosopher?”
Public Philosophy Workshop with Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia)

9:30 “Clay, Glass and Implicit Bias”
Sam Sumpter (University of Washington)
Comments by Katherine Hawley (St Andrews)

11:00 “Why It Makes No Difference Whether You Make a Difference”
Samuel Lee (New York University)
Comments by Rowan Cruft (Stirling)

12:15 “On Doing Less Good”
Jessica Fischer (University College London)
Comments by Theron Pummer (St Andrews)

Lunch Break

14:30 Keynote: Christine Bratu (LMU Munich)

16:00 “Probabilistic Classifiers, Unknown Objects, and the Ethics of Automated Vehicles”
Geoff Keeling (University of Bristol)
Comments by Matt Clark (SASP)

17:30 “Microagressions and Indignation: How our Emotions Help us Track Injustice”
Lara Jost (Université de Genève)
Comments by Alison Duncan Kerr (St Andrews)

10:00 “Tackling Lookism”
Enrico Galvagni (University of Trento)
Comments by Lisa Jones (St Andrews)

11:30 “Rawls and the Distribution of Fair Work”
Frauke Schmode (Technischen Universität München)
Comments by Deryn Thomas (SASP)

Lunch Break

13:30 Keynote: Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po Paris)

15:00 “On David Estlund’s Account of Qualified Acceptability”
William Chan (University of Warwick)
Comments by Jakob Hinze (SASP)


Many thanks to the Mind Association, Scots Philosophical Asssociation, the Aristotelian Society, CAPOD, and CEPPA for their generous funding.

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Sociability and the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment: themes from the work of Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018); Edinburgh, 1 – 2 March

Sociability and the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment: themes from the work of Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018)

Playfair Library and Raeburn Room, Old College, University of Edinburgh, 1 – 2 March 2019


Friday, 1 March (Playfair Library, Old College)

10.30 – 11.00 am: Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 11.15 am: Introduction

11.15 am – 12.15 pm: Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris), ‘Lord Monboddo’s “Ugly Tail”: Orangutans in Enlightenment Sciences of Man’

12.15 – 1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30 – 2.30 pm: Ryan Hanley (Marquette University), ‘The Human Good and the Science of Man’

2.30 – 3.30 pm Sylvana Tomaselli (St. John’s College, Cambridge), ‘Reflections on the Art of Being in the Eighteenth Century’

3.30 – 4 pm: Tea and Coffee

4 – 5 pm: Robert Anderson (University of Edinburgh), ‘Nicholas Phillipson and University History’

Saturday, 2 March (Raeburn Room, Old College)

10.45 – 11.15 am: Tea and Coffee

11.15 am – 12.15 pm: Nicholas Phillipson as a teacher

12.15 – 1.15 pm: Lunch

1.15 – 2.15 pm: Nicholas Phillipson’s research: scholarship and sociability

2.15 – 2.30 pm: Concluding Remarks

This event is supported by the Scottish Philosophical Association, the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network (ECENS), and the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History.

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Themes from Alan Weir; Glasgow 10 – 12 December

In a number of areas, Alan Weir has elaborated strikingly original views which involve a radical departure from the main-stream. These include formalism in the philosophy of mathematics, and as well as naïve set theory, with a universal set, and a naïve theory of truth. In contrast to other contemporary defenders of the latter two theories, Weir rejects dialetheism and accepts classical rules for the logical connectives. He avoids contradictions by restricting certain structural inference rules, specifically some generalized versions of transitivity. In addition, Weir has developed radical versions of naturalism and physicalism (partly informed by his work on Quine) and perceptual realism.

The aim of the workshop is to advance research on themes from Weir’s philosophy.

Everyone is welcome, but we request prior registration (at no cost): please email Adam Rieger ( by Monday 3 December if you would like to participate.

Postgraduate student bursaries: thanks to the Analysis Trust, we have up to five postgraduate students available, to cover up to 50% of the cost of accommodation (not travel). If you are interested in applying, please contact Adam Rieger as soon as possible.


Venue: Reid Room, Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow (69 Oakfield Avenue).

Monday 10th December:

1-1:45: Pre-workshop Tutorial: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Alan Weir

2-3:30: Timothy Williamson (Oxford): ‘Alternative Logics and Applied Mathematics’


4-5:30: Stephan Krämer (Hamburg): ‘State-space semantics for state-space mereology’

Tuesday 11th December:

[9-9:30 coffee]

9:30-11: Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State): ‘Plurals, groups, and paradox’

11:15-12:45 Mary Leng (York): tba

2:15-3:45: Alan Weir: ‘A Mereological Theory of Properties and Relations’

4-5:30: Alex Miller (Otago, via video-link): ‘What is the Sceptical Solution?’

Wednesday 12th December:

[9-9:30 coffee]

9:30-11: Elia Zardini (Lisbon): ‘Against the World’

11:15-12:45: Marianna Antonutti Marfori (Munich): tba


2:15-3:45: James Levine (Trinity College Dublin): ‘On Quine’s Naturalism?’

4-5:30: John Divers (Leeds): ‘Metaphysical Modality and Objective Probability’

Updates will be posted at the website:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Analysis Trust, the Aristotelian Society, the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and theSchool of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

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KBNS Network Workshop; 17 and 18 December, Stirling

Dear all,


The second KBNS Network Workshop will take place next month, 17th and 18th of December, at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling .


A draft programme (to be updated soon with titles and abstracts) is available here:


For delegates other than project members/speakers:

Please let us know by email if you are planning to attend (to: There is no registration fee, and teas/coffees during the Workshop are provided.

You are welcome to join us for meals during the Workshop – lunches, and the Workshop Dinner on Monday 17th – but these have to be booked in advance: details and costs are given below. (Email to:


Meal costs:
– Two course lunch, 17th: £13.5

– Conference dinner, 17th: £25

– Two course lunch, 18th: £13.5

Vegetarian options are standard.


Thank you very much!


Sonia Roca-Royes

KBNS project co-leader

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SPA AGM and Conference, Aberdeen 6 – 7 December

Dear SPA members,

Please see below for further information about our upcoming AGM and Conference at Aberdeen, 6 – 7 December.  Hope to see you there!



Annual Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Society 6 – 7 December 2018, Aberdeen

6 December: Meeting Room 1, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Library

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Coffee, Meet & Greet

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: SPA Business Meeting (SPA members only)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University)

“Sensibilities, Thinking Styles and Character Traits: On the Heterogeneity of Intellectual Vices”

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Coffee

5.00 pm – 6:30 pm: Stephan Torre & Clas Weber (University of Aberdeen & University of Western Australia)

“De Se Puzzles and Frege Puzzles”

7.30 pm


7 December: Meeting Room 1, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Library

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Ian Kidd (University of Nottingham)

“Pathophobia: Illness, Vices, and Social Oppression”

11:00 am – 11.30 am: Coffee

VC Suite, University Office Building:

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Havi Carel [via Skype] (Bristol University)

“Phenomenology of Illness”

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm


SPA AGM Information 2018

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Kant’s Scots; Edinburgh, 3rd Nov

Kant’s Scots

Bi-annual workshop on Kant’s philosophy

Friday 3rd November 2018

Room 4.01, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD




Dr. Anastasia N. Artemyev Berg (Cambridge)

Kant’s Feeling of Moral Respect as Practical Self-Consciousness


Lorenzo Spagnesi (Edinburgh)

Reason as “the touchstone of truth”. A perspectival interpretation of the Appendix to the Transcendental Dialecti


Prof. Jens Timmermann (St Andrews)

Kant against the Right to Lie: The Central Argument


Dr. Antonino Falduto (St Andrews)

The People’s Right to a Revolution: Kant, Fichte, Erhard

No registration necessary

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Scots Philosophical Association and the Edinburgh Philosophy Department.

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SPA AGM and Conference; Aberdeen, December 6/7 2018

Dear All,

I wanted to share a few details about the upcoming SPA Annual General Meeting and Conference, held at Aberdeen on Thursday/Friday 6 and 7 December, 2018.  I’ll be sending more information in due course, but please mark your calendars, and hope to see you there.



Annual General Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Association                     

 6 – 7 December, Aberdeen

 6 December

1 – 1.30           Coffee, Meet & Greet

1.30 – 3.00      SPA Business Meeting (SPA members only)

 3 – 4.30           Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff

 4.30 – 5           Coffee

 5 – 6.30           Stephan Torre, Aberdeen

 7.00                 Dinner

7 December

 9.30 – 11 am   Havi Carel, Bristol (via Skype)

 11 – 11.30       Coffee

 11.30 – 1 pm   Ian Kidd, Nottingham

 1 – 2 pm          Lunch

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Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets; St Andrews, 6 October

Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets
An interdisciplinary workshop. 6 October 2018.

We will be working toward the production of an output: an essay that (1) lays out the central problems of environmental ethics relating to space science and exploration and (2) outlines how people from different disciplines can work together on answering them.

Free to attend

Location: Senate Room, St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews

9:00 – 9:05 -- Introduction
9:05 – 9:55 – Session 1 – Jacob Haqq-Misra (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science), "Value Theory"
9:55 – 10:45 – Session 2 – Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh), "Exoplanets and Environmental Ethics"
11:05 – 11:55 – Session 3 – Ash Watkins (University of St. Andrews), "Asteroid Mining"
11:55 – 12:45 – Session 4 – Ben Sachs (University of St. Andrews), “Contaminating Other Planets”
1:00 – 2:00 – Lunch
2:15—3:05 – Session 5 – Natalya Zavina-James (University of St. Andrews), "The 21st Century Space Race: Evaluating the risk and potential of private space exploration"
3:05—3:55 – Session 6 – Tony Milligan (King's College London), “Fairness and Appropriation: The Case of the Martian Lava Tubes”
4:15 – 5:05 – Session 7 – Tim Mulgan (University of Auckland/University of St. Andrews), "Human and Alien Lives"
5:05 – 5:55 – Session 8 – Jacob Haqq-Misra, Synthesis and "How Can We Communicate Across Disciplines?"

To register, email the organiser, Ben Sachs (  Please note that this will be a *no distractions* workshop.  Everyone in attendance will be expected to give their undivided attention to the workshop proceedings except of course during breaks, so that means no texting, checking email or social media accounts, etc.

With gratefully acknowledged support from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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Themes from Alan Weir; Glasgow; 10 – 12 December

A workshop Themes from Alan Weir will take place at Philosophy, 69 Oakfield Avenue, University of Glasgow, Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 December 2018.




John Divers (University of Leeds)

Mary Leng (University of York)

James Levine (Trinity College, Dublin

Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow)

Marianna Antonutti Marfori (University of Munich)

Alex Miller (University of Otago)

Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State University)

Alan Weir (University of Glasgow)

Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford)

Elia Zardini (University of Lisbon)


Organized by Stephan Leuenberger and Adam Rieger

More details at


Attendance is free but please contact if intending to come.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Scots Philosophical Association, the Mind Association, and the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

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Galloway and Sa Cavalcante at Dundee; May 14 – 16 and 21 – 24

From Ashley Woodward (Dundee):

Dear all,
The University of Dundee and The Scottish Center for Continental Philosophy is please to announce a series of special events by visiting scholars Alexander R. Galloway and Maria Sa Cavalcante Schuback, funded by the Scots Philosophical Association.

All event are open to all and are free to attend. There is no need to book.
Alexander R. Galloway (4-6, May 14-16)
First masterclass on the concept of the digital.
Second masterclass on the concept of the analog
Evening lecture: “How did the computer learn to see?”

Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback (4-6, May 21-24)
Three masterclasses on time in exile, and the struggle of existence
Evening lecture: “Thinking through Sketches.”

For more details, follow the link:

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The H. J. Paton Colloquium in Kantian Ethics; St Andrews, 2 May 2018

The H. J. Paton Colloquium in Kantian Ethics

Wednesday, 2 May 2018  · St Mary’s Quadrangle, South Street  · The Senate Room

University of St Andrews
10:00 Marie Newhouse (Surrey):
“Law as a Rational Requirement”

11:30 Antonino Falduto (Halle-Wittenberg):

“Magnanimity and Strength of Soul”

The 2018 Paton Lecture

2:30 Jeanine Grenberg (St Olaf):

“Kant’s Deontological Eudaemonism”
All welcome!
Organiser: Jens Timmermann (
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St Andrews Kant Reading Party; 16 – 19 July

It is our pleasure to invite you to the St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2018: Kant and Rawls.
The reading party is an annually recurring academic retreat aimed at bringing together
scholars of various backgrounds and career stages to discuss and compare the works of
Immanuel Kant and another prominent philosopher. The eleventh edition of the event will
be held at The Burn in Angus ( from July 16-19, 2018.
Thematically, our focus will be on the practical philosophy of Kant and John Rawls. Our aim
is to illuminate the complex relation between the two philosophers, and thereby to gain new
and deeper insights into some of the important moral and political issues of our time.
The Kant Reading Party is open to all. It involves a combination of discussion sessions,
which are based on pre-circulated readings, and paper sessions, which give graduate
students a chance to present work relevant to the theme of the event.
We invite graduate students to submit anonymised abstracts of no more than 750 words by
the 13 th of May. Note that students whose abstracts are selected for presentation are waived
the entire participation fee.
Non-presenting participants are invited to register by the 31 st of May. The estimated
participation fees are £140 for faculty members and £70 for students.
For more information on the event, as well as detailed instructions on how to submit
abstracts and register for participation, please visit our website at party/ and our philevents
page at
With best wishes,
The organisers: Janis Schaab, Lucas Sierra Vélez, Prof. Kate Moran, Prof. Jens Timmermann
The St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2018 is made possible by the support of the Centre for
Academic, Professional and Organisational Development at the University of St Andrews,
the Scots Philosophical Association, and the UK Kant Society.