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WMA Graduate Research Seminar, 2023/2024

Research seminar run in conjunction with the WMA Research Centre and open to all philosophy postgraduate students.
If you would like to receive email notifications about the seminar, please email h dot lerman at warwick dot ac dot uk
In Summer Term the seminar will take place on Wednesdays, weeks 4-7 and 9, at 14:00-16:00, in room S1.39.

In preparation for MindGrad we will dedicate the first 3 sessions to 3 papers by Matt Soteriou and the following 2 session to background reading for Lea Salje's talk.

Week 4: Matt Soteriou, ‘Determining the Future’ [pdf]

Week 5: Matt Soteriou, ‘The past made present: Mental time travel in episodic recollection’ [pdf]

Week 6: Matt Soteriou, ‘Waking Up and Being Conscious' [link]

Week 7: Eli Alshanetsky, Articulating a Thought, Introduction [link] and Chapter 2 'A Puzzle' [link]

Week 9: Alex Byrne, 'Knowing that I'm thinking' [link]


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Tue 1 Nov, '22
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

The speaker is Tobias Keiling - join us to celebrate Tobias’ inaugural talk at Warwick!

Talk: Gadamer on Openness as Epistemic Virtue

Abstract: This paper presents the discussion of open-mindedness in recent virtue epistemology to argue that it can be supplemented by a hermeneutical model. After introducing basic distinctions, I sketch the account of open-mindedness found in the work of Jason Baehr (2011) and Wayne Riggs (2010, 2015). I then zoom in on two problems in the recent debate: how to determine when open-mindedness is epistemically beneficial and how to construe its epistemic value. While Adam Carter and Emma Gordon (2014) argue that these problems are insurmountable for Baehr and Riggs, I outline the idea that their account can be modified in such a way as to avoid these problems. Specifically, Gadamer’s discussion of the structure of prejudice and the importance of openness for understanding in Truth and Method (1960) can be developed as an alternative hermeneutical model for understanding open-mindedness. The key idea is that the circular structure Carter and Gordon find at work in Baehr’s attempt to define open-mindedness represents a version of the hermeneutical circle rather than an infinite regress.

Tue 15 Nov, '22
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series
Online Only

Guest Speaker: Maudemarie Clark (University of California, Riverside)

Title: 'Does Nietzsche Overcome The Birth of Tragedy's Nihilistic View of Tragedy in His Later Work?'


Abstract: Our topic is the relationship between the account of tragedy we find in Nietzsche’s first book and his later view of that artistic genre. Aaron Ridley has argued powerfully that Nietzsche’s later view does not overcome the problems that afflict his earlier account. We agree completely with Ridley and we [Clark] have previously argued that Nietzsche’s original account of tragedy is a failure, that it fails to do what he was attempting to do. But we will argue contra Ridley that Nietzsche does overcome his early (and nihilistic) view of tragedy in his later work. The plan is to explain what we take to be the aim of The Birth of Tragedy and why we take it to be a failure. We will then look at Ridley’s argument for reading Nietzsche’s later view of tragedy in Twilight of the Idols as exhibiting the same failure, and explain our reasons for rejecting that account. These reasons will then lead us, indeed force us, to say something about Nietzsche’s later view of art more generally. 

 The session will be held online.


Tue 29 Nov, '22
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

Guest Speaker: Charlotte Knowles (University of Groningen)

Title: 'How to Dress Like a Feminist: Towards a Relational Account of Complicity'

Tue 24 Jan, '23
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

Guest Speaker: Dean Moyar (Johns Hopkins University)

Title: TBC

Tue 7 Mar, '23
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

Guest Speaker: Andreja Novakovic (University of California, Berkeley)

Title: "Hegel on Transformative Experiences"


Tue 9 May, '23
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

"The Philosophy of Helene Druskowitz"

Alison Stone (University of Lancaster)

Tue 23 May, '23
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series

"Spirit is Artist: On the Aesthetic Dimension of Ethical Life and Why the State is not a Work of Art"

Thomas Khurana (University of Potsdam)

Thu 8 Jun, '23 - Fri 9 Jun, '23
10am - 6pm
Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference 2022/23

Runs from Thursday, June 08 to Friday, June 09.

Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference 2022/2023:

Continental Philosophy: The Subject and Identity

08-09 June 2023

University of Warwick (UK)

Conference Venue (Hybrid): 

Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick,
Coventry, United Kingdom



Keynote Speakers: 

Prof. Peter V. Zima (Universität Klagenfurt)

Dr. Koshka Duff (University of Nottingham)

Call for Abstracts

The aim of the fifth edition of the WCPC is to stage a discussion of the subject and identity, and the relationship between the two. We hope to prompt a discussion around the various ways in which differing perspectives on subjectivity and identity may serve as philosophical methods of framing experience, reason, and one’s circumstances in the world. The central problem for this conference is: how does the fraught and often politicised notion of identity, around which there are disparate and contradictory interpretations, problematise the traditional Western notion of the Subject who is assumed to be universal and prior to identity formation. The conference aims to address these issues through an engagement with contemporary debates on the subject and identity, as well as by tracing how the meaning of these concepts has transformed within the history of philosophy. The goal of the discussion being an intervention in the relational dynamic between the two.

Throughout the history of philosophy, subjectivity and identity have been interpreted in radically different ways: from views of a universal (e.g. Cartesian or Kantian) Subject, to subjectivity arising through a historical development (Hegel and Marx), and more contemporary accounts of historically contingent subjectivities and identities constituted, for example, by structures of power (Althusser, Foucault, and Deleuze). Recently, debates on these issues have sought to incorporate non-Western conceptions - such as the concept of Xin (heart-mind) in Chinese Philosophy, or the post-colonial research of Fanon and Bhabha - in order to enrich our understanding of the diverse contexts and traditions in which subjects are positioned. The conference aims to push these historical discourses around subjectivity forward by challenging traditional notions, as well as by interrogating how the many meanings assumed by these concepts throughout history affect our present understanding of them.

To further elucidate the relationship between identity and subjectivity, the conference also intends to explore the tension of whether one’s identity is self-determined, or rather, whether one’s identity is thrust upon them by external conditions. The complicated relationship between one’s individual sense of self and one’s sense of their social standing is made explicit, for example, in the debate of whether LGBTQ+ identities are formed in resistance to normative standards of gender and sexuality, or whether they are formed independently in ever-developing queer theory. Another tension that speaks to the problematic of self-determination is the role of nationalist discourses in the constitution of one’s sense of identity. This tension is particularly evident in the case of refugees acquiring new citizenships: regardless of their own relationship to nationalism and the more or less conscious choice to incorporate this into their sense of identity, they are nonetheless thrust into a national identity. In both of these examples, one finds a reflection of the Althusserian's 'subject interpellation', in which, regardless how one views themselves, one is thrown back onto themselves and made an ideological subject in the gaze of the Other. Here, the problem of how one is to orient themself as a ‘self’, in the face of various socio-political circumstances (such as oppression, class and racial struggles, uncertainty and instability) is made more explicitly into the problem of how one is to understand the relationship between one’s subjectivity and one’s identity. That is to say, is one’s identity constructed by a supposed ‘essential’ and ‘rational’ self, the thinking subject, or is one’s identity thrust upon them in such a way that conditions the very parameters of one’s supposedly independent rationality?

With this said, some of the questions we hope to engage with in the fifth edition of WCPC are:

  • What is the role of the subject in contemporary philosophical discourse?
  • Are we in a post-Subject era or does the traditional a priori Subject linger?
  • How do accounts of unconscious drives problematise the traditional notion of the self?
  • Is there an inherent problem in the subject-object distinction and relation? Is it problematic to, as Adorno suggests, place the subject as the locus from which external ‘objects’ are to be understood?
  • What is the relationship between an individual’s subject position and their wider collective identities? What role might various kinds of identities: national, ethno-racial, gender, sexual, etc., play in shaping ongoing discourse?
  • How could this discussion contribute to, and reframe, certain methodological and theoretical insights of the history of philosophy as a discipline?
  • How the present debates on subject and identity are determined by their shifting in meaning throughout the history of philosophy?
  • How have thinkers of the continental tradition historically addressed such problems? And how do contemporary philosophers approach these? What relevant insights can theorists continue to provide on questions of the subject and identity?

While our focus will be on the continental tradition, we encourage applicants from all areas of philosophy, and welcome interdisciplinary research that connects philosophy with social science.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted abstracts should be approximately 500 words long. Abstracts must be written in English, and should be sent to the WCPC committee at Please use “Abstract, [your name]” as the subject of your email. In the text of the email, please include 1) the title of your paper, 2) your institutional affiliation, and 3) your preferred email contact address. Please exclude any identifying information from the abstract itself.

Please, also clarify in your email whether you would like to be considered for the award of a partial bursary (covering 50% of accommodation costs), which may become available in due course.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 15th of March 2023.

We will be asking the speakers to pre-circulate their papers and provide, during their speaking slot, a short 5-minute introduction, which will be followed by 25 minutes of questions and discussions (maximum). This means that, if your abstract is accepted, we will require you to send us a 3000-word paper in advance and no later than on 13th of May 2023.

Your paper will be shared with other speakers and conference participants, and conference discussions will be based on the submitted version.

We particularly encourage submissions by philosophers from groups who are underrepresented in the discipline.

Summary of Dates

15th of March 2023 - deadline for abstract submission

13th of May 2023 - deadline for the submission of conference papers (3000 words)

8th – 9th of June 2023 - conference dates

Additional information

This conference is made possible by generous funding provided by the University of Warwick Philosophy Department, The Mind Association and The Society for Women in Philosophy, United Kingdom. It is an annual event within The Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy (University of Warwick). The conference is organised in compliance with the BPA/SWIP guidelines for accessible conferences, the BPA/SWIP good practice scheme for gender equality, and the BPA Environmental Travel Scheme.

Mon 26 Jun, '23
Post-Kantian European Philosophy Research Seminar Series - Online and in person

Workshop: Species-Being, Monday 26th June, 11:30 - 18:00

11:30AM- 1PM: Vanessa Wills (George Washington University), “On ‘Mystical Veils’: Marx’s Account of the Human Eye as a Product of Labor

1PM-2PM: Lunch

2PM-3:30PM: Christoph Schuringa (Northeastern University London), “Gattungswesen and Universality”

3:30PM-4:30PM Break

[**online only**]

4:30PM-6PM: Karen Ng (Vanderbilt), “Metabolism and Natural Limits: Rethinking Species-Being in Hegel and Marx”

6PM: Drinks and dinner

Those interested in dinner should contact Andrew Huddleston.

All the best,
Andrew and Tobias (Co-Convenors, PKEP)

Link to join via Teams:

Tue 17 Oct, '23
PKEP Seminar - Ellie Anderson (Pomona) – “The Critical Phenomenological Turn"

Ellie Anderson (Pomona) – “The Critical Phenomenological Turn"

Tue 31 Oct, '23
PKEP Seminar - Gregory Moss (Hong Kong) – “From Identity to Ground: The Principle of Sufficient Reason in Hegel's Science of Logic"

Gregory Moss (Hong Kong) – “From Identity to Ground: The Principle of Sufficient Reason in Hegel's Science of Logic"

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Tue 14 Nov, '23
PKEP Seminar - Eliza Starbuck Little (Warwick) – "Seeing with the Eyes of Reason, or, Hegelian Conceptual Amelioration"

Eliza Starbuck Little (Warwick) – "Seeing with the Eyes of Reason, or, Hegelian Conceptual Amelioration"

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Tue 28 Nov, '23
PKEP Seminar - Timothy Stoll (Warwick) – "Myth and Metaphysics in The Birth of Tragedy“

Timothy Stoll (Warwick) – "Myth and Metaphysics in The Birth of Tragedy“

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Tue 23 Jan, '24
PKEP Seminar - Anthony Bruno (Royal Holloway) – book workshop on Facticity and the Fate of Reason After Kant (forthcoming OUP)

Anthony Bruno (Royal Holloway) – book workshop on Facticity and the Fate of Reason After Kant (forthcoming OUP)

Tue 6 Feb, '24
PKEP Seminar - Sean D. Kelly (Harvard) – “The Proper Dignity of Human Being”

Sean D. Kelly (Harvard) " The Proper Dignity of Human Being"

Tue 20 Feb, '24
PKEP Seminar - Nicolas de Warren (Penn State) - "Phenomenology of the After-Life"

Nicolas de Warren (Penn State) - "Phenomenology of the After-Life"

Tue 5 Mar, '24
PKEP Seminar - Toril Moi (Duke – online) – “Simone de Beauvoir and the Experience of Otherness”

Toril Moi (Duke - online) - "Simone de Beauvoir and the Experience of Otherness"

Tue 12 Mar, '24
PKEP Seminar - Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins) “The Transcendence of Spinoza's God“
Tue 28 May, '24
PKEP Seminar - Kris McDaniel (Notre Dame) – “Edith Stein and the Philosophy of Time”

PKEP Seminar - Kris McDaniel (Notre Dame) – “Edith Stein and the Philosophy of Time”

Thu 13 Jun, '24
Undergraduate Continental Philosophy Conference

Location: S 0.21, Social Sciences Building

9:30–10:00 – Arrival 10:00–10:50 (Online) Qingxuan Wang (CUHK) “Friedrich Nietzsche and the Religions of Decadence”

10:50–11:00 – Break

11:00–11:50 Asmita Roy (Nottingham) “Foucault’s Theory on Power and Subjectivity, and an Analysis of Islamophobia in India”

11:50–12:30 – Lunch

12:30–13:20 Nathan Conceicao Silva (Durham) “Taking Sceptics to Deleuze”

13:20–13:30 – Break

13:30–14:20 Noah Buckle (Warwick) “Kant on Gesinnung and the Propensity to Evil”

14:20–14:30 – Break

14:30–15:20 Amelie Baker (Nottingham) “Foucault, Zen, and the Education System”

15:30–15:40 Break

15:40–16:40 Henry Somers-Hall (RHUL) – Keynote “Truth, Meaning, and Resemblance in French Philosophy

Fri 14 Jun, '24 - Sat 15 Jun, '24
Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference

Runs from Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15.

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