QUB Philosophy Seminar Series

The BIPPA would like to bring your attention to the Queen’s University Belfast Philosophy Seminar Series for the autumn term 2022-2023. We are always delighted to see rich initiatives that bring together academics and students from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The QUB Seminar Series is definitely one of those. We encourage everyone to attend, and especially postgraduate students—most of talks are accessible online, through Microsoft Teams. For more information, as well as for the link to the different talks, email Suzanne Whitten (suzanne.whitten@qub.ac.uk).  We include a lineup of the talks, as well as information on which ofContinue readingQUB Philosophy Seminar Series

BIPPA supports the ‘PGRs against low pay’ open letter

The British and Irish Postgraduate Philosophy Association would like to support a recent open letter addressed to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) that expresses concern over the impact of the cost of living crisis on postgraduate research students in the UK and calls on UKRI to raise the doctoral / postgraduate research funding to mitigate this impact. As an association, we are deeply worried about the effects that the rampant inflation has and will continue to have on the already precarious economic conditions of postgraduate students in the UK—and, most notably, on Philosophy postgraduate students. The growing difficulties affect theContinue readingBIPPA supports the ‘PGRs against low pay’ open letter

BIPPA Annual Conference 2022

The Executive Committee of the British and Irish Postgraduate Philosophy Association is proud and pleased to present the BIPPA Annual Conference 2022, which will take place on the 11th and 12th of November 2022. As every year, we gather once more to celebrate the postgraduate philosophy community in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and to offer graduate students the opportunity to present their work in a friendly environment, as well as to hear from some of the most renowned philosophers of the British Isles. This year, we have decided to prepare a conference around the theme of race,Continue readingBIPPA Annual Conference 2022

The BPPA is now the BIPPA

The Executive Committee of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) takes pride in announcing a change in the name of the association. On Tuesday 17th May 2022, the committee approved that the BPPA shall henceforth be known as the British and Irish Postgraduate Philosophy Association, or BIPPA for short.    We would like this name change to be a first move towards one of the main goals the 2022 Executive Committee has set for their term: a full integration and a better representation of postgraduate students doing Philosophy in the Republic of Ireland. While support for the postgraduate community in theContinue readingThe BPPA is now the BIPPA

Openings on the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Executive Committee – Extended Deadline

We are happy to announce that the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) is seeking to recruit a new Executive Committee.   Applications are open to anyone who will be enrolled on a postgraduate degree in philosophy or related field in the UK or the Republic of Ireland as of January 2022. Applications from underrepresented groups in the discipline are particularly encouraged.  Please email an academic CV and short statement of purpose explaining why you will be a good fit for the role you are applying for to anne-marie.mccallion@manchester.ac.uk  Any questions should also be sent to the same email address.  Continue readingOpenings on the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Executive Committee – Extended Deadline

CFP: Fifteenth Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

22nd-23rd January 2022, St John’s College, Cambridge The Conference will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2022 at St John’s College, Cambridge. Our keynote speakers for the conference are Professor Anna Mahtani (LSE) and Dr. Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester) We invite papers from graduate students or those who have recently completed their PhD on any topic in the Philosophy of Mathematics or Logic, broadly construed. Papers will have respondents, and will be followed by open discussion. Respondents will be selected from members of the Cambridge University Faculty of Philosophy and other philosophy departments in the UK. Papers should be noContinue readingCFP: Fifteenth Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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Epistemic Eternalism vs Metaphysical Eternalism – A comparison between Boethius and Anselm’s solution to the paradox between free will and divine omniscience, Keqi Chen (Cambridge)

This is a post by Keqi Chen (Cambridge), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   The paradox between human free will and divine foreknowledge has attracted the attention of philosophers of religion for centuries. The kernel of the paradox lies in the contradiction between the uncertainty of the future contingent events derived from human beings’ free choices of will on the one hand, and the certainty of the object of knowledge on the other. For instance,Continue readingEpistemic Eternalism vs Metaphysical Eternalism – A comparison between Boethius and Anselm’s solution to the paradox between free will and divine omniscience, Keqi Chen (Cambridge)

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Disorder and Prediction, Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS)

This is a post by Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   Let us consider the following idea: cultural practices increase predictability. Take queuing, for instance. You arrive at the supermarket. As is often the case nowadays, they are only letting people come in one by one, so a queue has formed outside. If instead of a queue there had been a crowd of people in disarray waiting to get in basedContinue readingDisorder and Prediction, Pablo Fernández Velasco (ENS)

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The Varieties of Auditory Perception: The Case of Listening to Music, Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick)

This is a post by Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   We tend to think that vision is the most important sense modality in our everyday life. Through vision, we are able to discover objects and their features, as shapes and colours, as well as to grasp spatial information that enables us to avoid obstacles. The rapidity of sight in furnishing us information about the world and the richness of details thatContinue readingThe Varieties of Auditory Perception: The Case of Listening to Music, Giulia Lorenzi (Warwick)

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The Conventional Source of De-Re Necessities, Sebastian Obrist (USi)

This is a post by Sebastian Obrist (USi), a speaker from our Spring 2021 Seminar Series. If you would like to attend a seminar, please sign up using this link. You can also download the full schedule here.   “We must attempt to determine what grounds what; and it will be largely on this basis that we will be in a position to determine the viability of a realist or anti-realist stand on any given issue.” (Fine 2012, p. 42)1 The source of modality Possibility and its dual notion necessity  – in short modality – have throughout the history ofContinue readingThe Conventional Source of De-Re Necessities, Sebastian Obrist (USi)