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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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Wed 2 Nov, '22
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Fri 4 Nov, '22
Second Postgraduate Professional Development Workshop

3.00pm  Writing MA or MPhil essays (Tom Crowther)

3.45  Writing a research proposal for a PhD/scholarship application (Johannes Roessler)

4.15 Tea/coffee

4.30 Writing an MPhil or PhD thesis (Johannes Roessler)

5.15 end/Dirty Duck


Wed 9 Nov, '22
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Wed 16 Nov, '22
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Sat 19 Nov, '22 - Sun 20 Nov, '22
10am - 5pm
MindGrad 2022

Runs from Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, November 20.

Saturday, 19. November

10:00-10:25 Welcome coffee

10:25-10:30 Short Introduction

10:30-11:45 First Session

Asia Chatchaya Sakchatchawan (UCL): Towards a Wrong Face Theory of Shame

Response by Thomas Crowther

15 min Coffee Break

12:00-13:15 Second Session

Lucas Chebib (UCL): Guilt as a Shame Shaped Thing

Response by Johannes Roessler

1 h Lunch

14:15-15:30 Third Session (Keynote)

Lucy O’Brien (UCL): An Introspective Argument for Others’ Minds

Response by Emily Bassett

15 min Coffee Break

15:45-17:00 Fourth Session

Simone Nota (Trinity College Dublin): Overcoming the Absolute: A Dialectical Critique of the Absolute Conception

Response by Naomi Eilan

17:00-18:00 Reception

18:30 Dinner at Radcliffe

Sunday, 20. November

09:30-10:45 First Session

Christopher Joseph An (Edinburgh): Rational Animals? Mammalian Social Play, Second-personal Knowledge, and the Evolution of Normative Guidance

Response by Richard Moore

5 min Short Break

10:50-11:30 Q&A with Mind co-editors Lucy O’Brien and Adrian Moore on submitting papers to journals

15 min Coffee Break

11:45-13:00 Second Session (Keynote)

Adrian Moore (Oxford): Armchair Knowledge: Some Kantian Reflections

Response by Ben Houlton

1 h Lunch

14:00-15:15 Third Session

Zijian Zhu (Oxford): The Modality and Temporality of Anscombean Practical Knowledge

Response by Lucy Campbell

15 min Coffee Break

15:30-16:45 Fourth Session

Oushinar Nath (UCL): Wisdom and KK Failure

Response by Barney Walker

End of the conference

Wed 11 Jan, '23
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Wed 25 Jan, '23
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Wed 8 Feb, '23
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Wed 15 Feb, '23
Post-Graduate Professional Development Workshop

There will be session on Writing MA/MPhil dissertations and a session (with Stephanie Reading, Careers Team) on Jobs beyond philosophy: Exploring All your Career Options.

Fri 17 Feb, '23
TA Forum
Wed 22 Feb, '23
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Fri 24 Feb, '23
WMA talk
Sat 25 Feb, '23
Conference: Sexual Taboos and the Law Today - 60 Years On

Symposium 'Adorno's "Sexual Taboos and Law Today" – Sixty Years On'

This Saturday, 25 February 2023, 10:00–18:00

Social Sciences, S0.20


Coffee, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

Please send an email to if you would like to attend.


(Full programme here)

10.00–10.30 Registration and coffee

10.30–10.45 Introduction by the organisers (Antonia Hofstätter & Simon Gansinger)

10.45–12.15 Panel 1: Sex and Taboo

12.15–13.30 Lunch

13.30–15.00 Panel 2: Sex and Society

15.00–15.15 Coffee

15.15–16.45 Panel 3: Sex and Crime

16.45–17.00 Coffee

17.00–18.00 Roundtable with all speakers 



Fri 3 Mar, '23
Warwick University Ltd in the 21st Century - A Walking Tour with Sarah Shalgosky

(Second instalment of the event series Philosophy Goes Architecture)

The campus of the University of Warwick comprises more than half a century of architectural history. Its buildings don’t just provide spaces to work, live, and study for more than 25,000 people. They tell a story about the place that Warwick wants to be, the place it used to be, and the place it used to want to be. The premise of the tour is that space shapes experience and thinking, which makes it worth investigating how campus as a topographical unit makes an imprint intellectual work, especially for philosophers.

The tour will be led by Sarah Shalgosky, who is the Principal Curator of the University of Warwick and an Associate Lecturer at Warwick's School of Creative Arts, Performance, and Visual Cultures. After the tour, there'll be drinks and snacks at the Department of Philosophy, just outside of S2.66.

To register, please send an email to

Tue 7 Mar, '23
Postgraduate Professional Development Workshop

The second post-graduate professional development seminar this term, 4-6pm on Tuesday week 9 (7th March) in the Cowling room (S2.77). There will be two sessions, on issues to do with applications for jobs in philosophy:

 4pm Job opportunities in philosophy: postdocs, teaching fellowships etc

4.45pm Tea & coffee

 5pm Writing a cv and a research proposal

 The sessions will be run by Giulia Palazzolo (who’s has just started on a post-doc in our department) and Johannes Roessler.

Wed 8 Mar, '23
WMA Graduate Research Seminar
Tue 14 Mar, '23
AI Ethics: The case of ChatGPT

PhilSoc and the Philosophy Department are hosting a panel and discussion on a currently interesting, even pressing issue, of significance for philosophy and education. Students and faculty will put ideas and questions about ChatGPT and surrounding issues on the table, followed by discussion. All students and staff welcome.

Tue 2 May, '23
Event: Thinking Spaces - A Rountable Discussion

Thinking Spaces – A Roundtable Discussion

with Matthew Bliss (History of Arts), Tobias Keiling (Philosophy), Hana Samaržija (Philosophy), and Naomi Waltham-Smith (CIM)

(Third instalment of the event series Philosophy Goes Architecture)

Tuesday, 2 May, 5:30pm–7pm (followed by drinks reception)

Venue: S0.11 (ground floor Social Sciences)

 Doing philosophy is an embodied activity: it is always someone who thinks, and so thoughts are had, expanded, and written down somewhere, often in human-made surroundings that reflect societal values, ideological currents, and particular interests. How do these spaces interact with the individuals that populate them? How does spatial design interfere with intellectual labour? How does the history of buildings leave a trace on the products of the mind?

The invited speakers are asked to respond to these and similar questions, drawing on their own research and preferred approaches. They are particularly encouraged to relate their answers to our shared experience as people who work and think in the English Midlands, in Coventry, on Warwick Campus, at their respective departments.

All Warwick Philosophy students and staff (permanent, sessional, administrative) are invited to attend and join the discussion!


Followed by drinks reception

Wed 7 Jun, '23
The History of Political Thought and Contemporary Politics: A Warwick Postgraduate Symposium

The symposium will be an opportunity for some PhD students working on continental political philosophy to discuss their works with peers and other members of the staff.

It will take place in room S0.17 on the 7th of June, from 3pm to 7pm. Thanks to the Philosophy Student Events fund, the symposium will be followed by a wine reception!

Everyone is more than welcome to join.

Mon 19 Jun, '23
Race and Philosophy Research Symposium - with Keynotes Lee McBride and Jacqueline Scott
Thu 22 Jun, '23
Head of Department Lunch - Postgraduates
Fri 29 Sep, '23
PG Welcome Dinner

This dinner will be open to all of our new PG students. Please could we ask any staff wishing to come along to sign up via this online form so we have an idea of numbers:

Sat 30 Sep, '23
PG Welcome Conference

Open to all PG students and staff but again please do register if you are coming so we can make sure we order enough lunch and meet any dietary requirements!


Ben Campion, “Collaboration and Trust in Photography”

Commentator: Ben Ferguson


11:45AM- 12:45PM

Ying Xue, “Does Universality Matter to Freedom? -- A Comparison Between Hegel and Harry Frankfurt”

Commentator: Nadine Elzein


12:45- 1:45PM




Chris Bowling, “The Genealogy of Morals as a 'Critical History’”

Commentator: Tim Stoll


2:45PM-3:15PM- Break



Maria Zanella, “Could Sadness be a Bodily Feeling?”

Commentator: Johannes Roessler

Fri 6 Oct, '23
WiP Seminar - Clarissa Mueller
Tue 10 Oct, '23
Philosophy Encounters Theology Reading Group

W2 - What is Theology? Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, V1, Introduction.

Please get in touch with Benedikt ( to register your interest, or rock up at the designated time if you feel like joining fellow-minded seekers of wisdom to break (intellectual) bread with.


Thu 12 Oct, '23
WiP Seminar - Eve Poirier 'Plausible Abstractions: The role of fiction, truth and history in Genealogy and State of Nature Philosophy'

Eve Poirer will present 'Plausible Abstractions: The role of fiction, truth and history in Genealogy and State of Nature Philosophy'. Everyone welcome!



What is the place of historical truth in Genealogy? Why appeal to State of Nature stories even when we know they could never have happened? How far can philosophy abstract from reality while still having explanatory relevance? Pulling from Bernard Williams, Nietzsche, Nozick, Foucault and others, I will attempt to tackle some of these questions: exploring broadly the interaction between supposedly true historical happenings and fictional abstractions in Genealogies and State of Nature stories. I will discuss the purposes for which Genealogy is employed, the way in which State of Nature stories attempt to abstract from history, and the importance of 'plausibility' or 'conceivability' in the explanatory relevance or effectiveness of Genealogy. From this, I hope to suggest some conclusions about the appropriate and inappropriate use of Genealogy. That said, this is a work very much in progress on a very broad topic, so I hope that there will be further conclusion to be found in the discussion.


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Thu 19 Oct, '23
WiP Seminar
Tue 24 Oct, '23
Philosophy Encounters Theology Reading Group

W4 - First use of the term (excerpts)

Plato - Republic, Aristotle - Metaphysics, Cicero - De natura Deorum, Augustine - De Civitate Dei (on Varro)

Please get in touch with Benedikt ( to register your interest, or rock up at the designated time if you feel like joining fellow-minded seekers of wisdom to break (intellectual) bread with.

Thu 26 Oct, '23
WiP Seminar
Thu 2 Nov, '23
WiP Seminar