SAP sponsored event: Celebrating Philosophy at Kent (1965-2024)

June 14, 2024 9:00am — June 14, 2024 5:00pm
Contact: Lubomira Radoilska for more information.
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Philosophy has been at the heart of the University of Kent since its foundation in 1965. It has contributed greatly to the original mission of interdisciplinarity and close links with the local communities and wider society, including through two Philosophy centres, the Centre for Practical Normativity and the Centre for Reasoning.

Following the University decision to close down Philosophy, this conference will mark the occasion by celebrating the department’s achievements and will offer a space for reflection on the significance of philosophy for higher education, local communities and wider society.

The conference talks will address one or more of the following themes:

  • the importance of philosophy to higher education;
  • the role of philosophy within local communities and wider society, and;
  • specific contributions of Philosophy at Kent.

The conference will implement fully the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme including Guidance on Accessible Events.


Please note that the draft programme below is subject to change.

09.00 coffee

09.10 Welcome. David Corfield, Head of Philosophy at Kent

09.20 Richard Norman: Engaged Philosophy: “Sex, Madness, and the Absurd”
09.45 Sean Sayers (online): TBC
10.10 Larry Chase (online): TBC
10.35 Simon Glendinning (LSE): Kentish Turns

11.00 coffee

11.20 Edward Harcourt (Oxford): TBC
11.45 Julia Tanney: TBC
12.10 Phyllis Illari (UCL) & Federica Russo (Utrecht, online): Causal reasoning
12.35 Jason Konek (Bristol): TBC

13.00 lunch

14.00 Simon Kirchin (Leeds): TBC
14.25 Graeme Forbes: Time and opportunity
14.50 Todd Mei (online): Hermeneutics and AI

15.15 coffee

15.35 Camillia Kong (Queen Mary): TBC
16.00 Tom Angier (Cape Town, online): Two threats to Philosophy: bifurcation and balkanisation
16.25 George Darby (Oxford Brookes): TBC
16.50 Lubomira Radoilska: Philosophy as Co-Creation

17.15 reception