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WMA Graduate Research SeminarLink opens in a new window

Spring Term 2023
Wednesdays, odd weeks, at 14:00-16:00, S0.52.

Week 1: Frege 'On Sense and Reference' [pdf].

Week 3: Frege 'The Thought' [link]

Week 5: Russell 'Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description' [link]

Week 7: Kripke Naming and Necessity, Lecture I [pdf]

Week 9: Kripke Naming and Necessity, Lecture II [pdf]

Afflictions of Mind Reading GroupLink opens in a new window

Spring term 2023
Wednesdays, even weeks, 14:00-15:30, S0.52
Week 2. Imagination
‘Of the power of imagination’ by Montaigne
Week 4: Addiction
‘Responsibility without Blame for Addiction’ by Hanna Pickard
Week 8: Delusion
‘Derationalizing Delusions’ by V. Bell, N. Raihani, and S. Wilkinson
Week 10: Hypnosis
'Hypnosis as an altered state of consciousnessLink opens in a new window' by John F. Kihlstrom

Workshop: Moral ExperienceLink opens in a new window

Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of March 2023

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Moral experience remains an underexplored topic in philosophy. Yet experiences of value, of rightness or wrongness, and similar morally relevant experiences are at the core of our moral lives. The nature of such experiences and their connection to moral knowledge and to moral action deserve to be understood better. Our workshop on “Moral Experience” aims to explore questions such as the following:

  • Is there a specifically moral kind of experience? If so, then what is the mode of moral experience? Is it a form of perceptual experience? Or is it a form of affective experience? And what is the relation between moral experience and moral intuition?
  • What is the cognitive value of experience in the moral domain? How are we to think of the role of experience in the acquisition of these moral epistemic goods? Can we acquire moral knowledge and/or moral understanding directly, or non-inferentially, from experience? Or is there is a mediating process from experience to moral epistemic goods?
  • Are moral experiences perspectival? How should we think of the kind of perspective from which one enjoys a moral experience? Do social identities, emerging from race, sex and gender, or class, for example, have a crucial role to play in shaping moral experience?
  • What is the relation between moral experience, moral judgment, and moral action? One of the central tasks in moral philosophy is to give an account of moral action and the kind of reasons that justify it. What is the role of experience in this context?
Workshop programme:

Thursday 30th of March




Robert Cowan (University of Glasgow)

Moral Perception, Moral Deference, and Parity Principles


Lunch break


Daniel Vanello (University of Warwick)

Moral Understanding, Experience, and the Personal


Tea and coffee break


Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University)

What is it Like to be a Human Being?


Tea and coffee break


Sarah MacGrath (Princeton University)

(What) is Moral Experience? (What) Do We Want it to Be? (online talk)




Workshop dinner (on campus)

Friday 31st of March


Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick)

Moral Affordances and the Demands of Fittingness


Tea and coffee break


Max Khan Hayward (University of Sheffield)

The Experience of "Normativity"


Lunch break


William FitzPatrick (University of Rochester)

The Roles of Moral Experience in Metaphysically Committed, Non-Naturalist Ethical Realism (online talk)


Tea and coffee break


Nomy Arpaly (Brown University)





Optional dinner (off campus)


Fabienne Peter and Daniel Vanello

How to register:

Registration is free, but please register by sending an email to

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Also, if you want to attend the workshop dinner on Thursday 30th, then please note this in your email. There is an extra charge for the dinner.

Giulia Martin's talk: Smelling Things.

You are warmly invited to attend Giulia Martina’s (University of Tübingen) talk on a paper entitled “Smelling Things”, which was co-written with Matt Nudds.

Time: 4:00pm - 5:45pm, 8th March. Location: S0.17

Giulia is a former Warwick PhD student and currently a post-doc at the University of Tübingen. She recently had a very nice paper on smell accepted in Mind and Language (

Philosophy of Action Mini-Talk SeriesLink opens in a new window

Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre

University of Warwick

“Intentional Action and the Content of Intention”

3rd and 10th March 2023

Friday 3rd of March

Lucy Campbell (Warwick): “The Content of Practical Knowledge and the Content of Intention”


Friday 10th March

Xavier Castellà (Girona): “The Representation of Action in Intention”


Both talks will be 4 – 5.30 pm, followed by drinks and dinner from 6pm.

Space for external attendees is limited, so please email if you would like to come to one or both talks. Sadly we can’t cover attendees’ dinner, but you’re very welcome to join us, so let us know when you sign up if you’d like to book a space.

We will email signed-up attendees with the specific location nearer the time.

MEEP Meetings

We plan to hold a series of meetings and seminars about issues that lie at the intersection of problems normally discussed under the headings of ‘Mind and Epistemology’, on the one hand, and ‘Ethics and Political Philosophy’, on the other.

1. "Sensemaking, Democracy, and Empathy", by Quassim Cassam

Wednesday 25th January at 4:30pm, S1.50

2. On Lauren N. Ross' "What is social structural explanation? A causal account" by Guy Longworth

Wednesday 22nd February at 4:30pm, Cowling Room.

Talk by Simon Wimmer (organised by Hemdat)

You are warmly invited to attend Simon Wimmer's (TU Dortmund) talk entitled 'Prichard on Looks' (joint work with Giulia Martina)

Abstract: H.A. Prichard's 1906 article 'Appearances and Reality' resists a version of the argument from illusion by arguing for the conclusion that "there is some identity between what things look and what they are". Prichard's overall argumentative strategy is interesting because it differs from other direct realist strategies for resisting the argument from illusion. But it relies on claims that are seemingly implausible and in tension with each other. Our goal is to clarify his strategy and assess whether its tensions can be resolved.

The talk will take place on Friday, 24th February, 4:00-5:45 pm, in R0.04.

If you would like to join us for dinner after the talk, please let me know.

CRPLA & WMA Seminar:
Paul Smith - Cezanne, perception, autism: (not) putting the pieces together. Response Naomi Eilan
5:30pm - 7pm, Tue, 17 Jan, A0.23 (Soc Sci)

Workshop: Autobiographical Memory and Joint Reminiscing (organized by Daniel)
11am - 5pm, Fri, 17 Feb, Wolfson Research Exchange.

Schedule and Speakers:

11am-12.30pm: Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack: "Remember when?’ Looking for an account of joint reminiscing"

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch break

1.30-3pm: Julian Bacharach: "Is There Such a Thing as Joint Attention to the Past?”

3-3.20pm: Tea and coffee break

3.20-4.50pm: Tony Marcel: “Phenomena raising questions about ‘Autobiographical Memory’ and ‘Episodic Memory’”

Everyone is welcome. After the event, there will be drinks and food at Benugo restaurant and bar in the Warwick Arts Centre.


Warwick-Geneva-Leipzig Interdepartmental collaboration

The first and inaugural event of the Warwick-Geneva-Leipzig Interdepartmental collaboration will be on October 6-7, 2022, at the University of Warwick.

Please contact Daniel Vanello (d.vanello.1 [at] for more information.

SCHEDULE: (Wolfson Research Exchange)

Thursday 6th of October 2022:

10-10.15am General Introduction

10.15-11.45am Sebastian Rödl (Leipzig)

11.45-12pm Coffee and Tea break

12-1.30pm Agnès Baehni (Geneva): Guilty and Angry? The Schizophrenic Nature of Self-Blame

1.30-2.30pm Lunch

2.30-4pm Oscar North-Concar (Warwick)

4-4.15pm Coffee and Tea break

4.15-5.45pm Fabrice Teroni (Geneva): Emotions and their correctness conditions


Friday 7th of October 2022:

10-11.30am Naomi Eilan (Warwick)

11.30-11.45am Coffee and Tea break

11.45am-1.15pm Jasmin Özel (Leipzig): Delusions as Imaginings

1.15-2.30pm Lunch, general discussion

Themes from the work of Mark Eli Kalderon
University of Warwick, July 2-3

Mark Eli Kalderon is professor of philosophy at UCL and former editor of the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. While his most recent research has been focused on the metaphysics of sense and sensibilia, it draws upon – and has implications for – a breadth of philosophical approaches and topics, not least due to, for example, Prof Kalderon’s own interest in ancient and scholastic theories of perception. His books include Sympathy in Perception, Form without Matter: Empedocles and Aristotle on Color Perception, and Moral Fictionalism.

In Prof Kalderon’s Sympathy in Perception, insights from ancient, phenomenological, analytic, and empirical sources are woven together into a rich and ambitious elaboration and defence of a naïve realist theory of perception. Kalderon develops the view by revisiting and transforming explanatory concepts from the pre-modern era, aiming to ‘contribute to, if not indeed effect, a Kuhnian revolution’ in philosophy of perception.

We will be holding an in-person conference at the University of Warwick, investigating themes from Prof Kalderon's work. If you would like to attend, we ask that you email the organisers – Guy Longworth and Jack Shardlow – at to register (note that places are limited).

Saturday July 2 

9.30am Welcome

10am–11.30am ‘On the Homeric Roots of Intentionality’, Mark Kalderon (UCL)

11.30am–12noon Coffee

12noon–1.30pm ‘Partiality and perception’, Giulia Martina (Turin)

1.30pm–2.30pm Lunch

2.30pm–4pm ‘Aristotle on having reason strictly speaking’, Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi (UCL)

4pm–4.30pm Coffee

4.30pm–6pm Title TBC, Charles Travis (Porto)


Sunday July 3 

9.30am Welcome

10am–11.30am Title TBC, Thomas Crowther (Warwick)

11.30–12noon Coffee

12noon–1.30pm Kalderon’s Puzzle Solved’, Vivian Mizrahi (Geneva)

1.30pm–2.30pm Lunch

2.30pm–4pm Title TBC, M. G. F. Martin (Oxford/Berkeley)

Summer Seminar: Mark Eli Kalderon, Sympathy in Perception


Contact: Guy Longworth, Tom Crowther

Friday April 29, 3–5pm: Chapter 1: Grasping

Friday May 6, 3–5pm: Chapter 2: Sympathy

Friday May 13, 3–5pm: Chapter 3: Sound

Friday May 20, 3–5pm: Chapter 4: Sources

Friday June 10, 3–5pm: Chapter 5: Vision

Friday June 17, 3–5pm: Chapter 6: Realism

Workshop on Testimony and Other Minds

In person

Contact: Lucy Campbell, Jack Shardlow, at

Wed 30th March

10.15–10.30: Welcome and coffee

10.30–12.00: Guy Longworth (Warwick)– title TBC

12.15 – 13.45: Speaker TBC

13.45–14.45: Lunch + coffee

14.45–16.15: Matt Parrott (Oxford), with commentary from Anil Gomes (Oxford) – title TBC

16.15–16.30: Coffee etc.

16.30–18.00: Beri Marušić (Edinburgh), with commentary from Jane Heal (Cambridge) – “Interpersonal Reasoning”

18.00–19.00: Drinks

19.00: Dinner

Thurs 31st March

9.30–10.00: Coffee etc.

10.00–11.30: Lucy Campbell – “Non-Linguistic Meaning, and Knowledge of Other Minds”

11.45–13.15: Anita Avramides “Exploring a Duality in the Problem of Other Minds”

13.15: Closing remarks

Location: Wolfson RE, rooms 1, 2, 3

The workshop will be in-person at the University of Warwick. Please email to register, including ‘TKOM attendance’ as the subject of the email

Seminar Series: Autobiographical Memory, Value, and Moral Identity


Contact: Daniel Vanello

12th January 2022 - Fabrice Teroni (Philosophy; Geneva)

26th January 2022 - Deborah Laible (Psychology; Lehigh)

2nd February 2022 - Robyn Fivush (Psychology; Emory)

16h February 2022 - Tobias Krettenauer (Psychology; Wilfrid Laurier University)

23rd February 2022 - Marya Schechtman (Philosophy; Illinois at Chicago)

9th March 2022 - Matthew Soteriou (Philosophy; King’s College)

16th March 2022 - Kristin H. Lagattuta (Psychology; UC Davis)

22nd March 2022 - Christoph Hoerl (Philosophy; Warwick)

27th April 2022 - Shaun Nichols (Philosophy; Cornell)

11th May 2022 - Monisha Pasupathi (Psychology, University of Utah)

18th May 2022 - Carl Craver (Philosophy/Psychology; St. Louis, Washington)

1st July 2022 - Naomi Eilan (Philosophy; Warwick)


WMA Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

20th November 2021

Find out more here.

Matt Duncan and Hannah Nahas talk

Thursday 28th October 2021, 3 - 4.30pm

“Getting Acquainted with Art”

We learn from art. By viewing, hearing, touching, creating, performing, and in yet other ways interacting with art, we gain new knowledge—knowledge that we wouldn’t have had, and perhaps couldn’t have had, without encountering that art. That’s obvious. But what is less obvious is the nature, or structure, of this knowledge—what constitutes it. A standard assumption in contemporary analytic philosophy is that all knowledge is and must be propositional—that is, constituted by beliefs in propositions. However, this assumption, despite being standard, has come under attack in recent years. One front in this attack comes from aesthetics and philosophy of art, where some philosophers have claimed that some knowledge gained from art is non-propositional. In this paper we will fortify and expand this front by giving new reasons to think that some knowledge from art is indeed non-propositional and is instead “knowledge of things,” which is constituted, not by beliefs in propositions, but by awareness of properties and objects. We will also fill a gap in the contemporary literature by giving an account of this knowledge—of its nature, structure, and relation to other knowledge.

Seminar Series: From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding

January-June 2021

The topic of the seminar series “From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding" is the connection between moral learning and development, and the development of self-related psychological abilities in any of its multitude aspects e.g. self-awareness, self-understanding, self-knowledge, identity, group identity, character, personality, the self in social interaction, the second person approach, just to mention a few. The aim of the seminar series is to further our understanding of questions related to these topics. These include questions such as, what are the developmental processes at the heart of our self-understanding? What is the relation between the former and the psychological processes underlying our learning moral value? What is moral learning anyways? What is the role of the emotions and social interaction in that? And should the philosophy of mind and psychology be concerned at all with questions pertaining to ethics and moral psychology, and vice versa?

Thursday 14/01 3-5pm Kristina Musholt (Leipzig)

Thursday 28/01 3-5pm Edward Harcourt (Oxford)

Thursday 11/02 3-5pm Richard Moore (Warwick)

Thursday 25/02 6-8pm Henrike Moll (Southern California)

Thursday 11/03 3-5pm Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin)

Monday 22/03 12-2pm Amrisha Vaish (Virginia)

Thursday 08/04 3-5pm Barbora Siposova (Warwick)

Thursday 22/04 3-5pm Jonathan Webber (Cardiff)

Thursday 06/05 3-5pm Johannes Roessler (Warwick)

Thursday 20/05 3-5pm Naomi Eilan (Warwick)

Thursday 04/06 3-5pm Vasudevi Reddy (Portsmouth)

Contact: Daniel Vanello

MindGrad: The Consciousness of Time

June 26th-27th, 2021

Invited Speakers: John Campbell (UC Berkeley), Natalja Deng (Yonsei University)

Register here ; CfP here

Contact: mind.grad.warwick[at]gmail[.]com

Recent Seminar Series and Workshops 2019/2020
Leverhulme Trust ECF 'Knowledge & Understanding' seminar series

Some of these events will take place online.

Further information and past events available here

23rd April 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Michael Hannon (Nottingham). "Empathetic Understanding in Politics"

30th April 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Naomi Eilan (Warwick). "Knowing and Understanding Other People"

7th and 14th June 2020, 3-5 pm.

Double-session with Eileen John and David Woods (Warwick).

21st May 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Chris Earley (Warwick). "The Cognitive Value of Contemporary Avant-Garde Art"

28th May 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Christoph Hoerl (Warwick). "Episodic Memory and Knowledge"

4th June 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Richard Gipps (Oxford). "On the Importance of not understanding the Patient"

11th June 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Johannes Roessler (Warwick). "Self-Understanding"

18th June 2020, 1-6 pm.

Maria Corrado (Warwick). "Action, Force, and Auditory Perception"

25th June 2020, 3-5 pm.

Speaker: Ellisif Wasmuth (Essex). TBC.

Expression and Self-Knowledge

4th October 2019, Humanities H0.03


11.00 – 12.30
Lucy Campbell (Warwick)
‘Self-knowledge: expression without expressivism’

12.30 – 2.00

Dorit Bar-On (University of Connecticut)
‘No ‘How’ Privileged Self-Knowledge’

3.00 – 4.30

Cristina Borgoni (Bayreuth University)

‘Primitive forms of first-person authority and expressive capacities’

IAS Workshop, Self-knowledge and judgement in early modern philosophy 

26th-27th September 2019


Thursday 26th September

10.30 – 12.00

Maria Rosa Antognazza (KCL) ‘Knowledge and the first person’

12.00 – 1.30

Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts) ‘The Fly on the axletree: Hobbes on self-knowledge and judgment’

2.30 – 4.00

Mark Philp (Warwick) ‘Godwin and Wollstonecraft: deliberation and self-knowledge '

4.30 – 6.00

Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt/Warwick) ‘Rousseau's solution to a Rousseauean problem’

7.15 Dinner (Radcliffe house)

Friday 27th September

9.00 – 10.30

Mario De Caro (Roma Tre/Tufts) ‘Machiavelli's naturalism’

10.30 – 12.00

Guy Longworth (Warwick) ‘Descartes on how the mind is better known than the body’

12.00 – 1.15

Johannes Roessler (Warwick) ‘Judgement and self-understanding in Montaigne’s Essays’

The Communicative Mind Online Reading Group

Fridays, 11:30 - 1 pm

Contact: Richard Moore

Seminar Series: Autobiographical Memory, Value, and Moral Identity

Contact: Daniel Vanello