Ockham Society

The Ockham Society provides a forum in which graduate students in philosophy (particularly BPhil, MSt, and PRS students) may present their ideas to their peers at the University of Oxford. Our aim is to provide every Oxford graduate student with the opportunity to present their ideas in a friendly environment at least once during their time in Oxford. It is an ideal opportunity to gain feedback on your essays, and to gain first experiences in academic presenting. Small, experimental and unfinished papers are just as welcome as more advanced ones.

If you would like to present a paper to the society please send a title and abstract of 150 words maximum to Sean Costello (firstname.lastname(at)philosophy.ox.ac.uk). Oxford DPhil Philosophy students are highly encouraged to present at the DPhil seminar.

We meet Fridays 1 - 3 pm in the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Ryle Room. 

Ockham Society Convenors: Sean Costello | Ockham Society Website 

Past Terms

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Week 1 (Tuesday 24th April)

Thomas Mitchell (Worcester College)

Sebastian Liu (Merton College)

"Irrationality of Self-Doubt"

"A Fitch-like Paradox for Weak-KK"

Week 2 (4th May)

William Gildea (Keble College)

C. M. Lim (Corpus Christi College)

"A puzzle about killing"

"The communicative constraint on civili disobedience"

Week 3 (11th May)

Rhys Southan (Exeter College)

Sarah Chan (Blackfriars Hall)

"Why we can't appeal to the universe to explain the value of creating new lives"

"Teleological potentiality for rational agency as the grounds for moral rights"

Week 4 (18th May)

Weng Kin San (St Hilda's College)

Kieran Marray (St Catherine's College)

"Generalising Fitch's result"

"What Can Epistemology Do For Economics? The Radical Implications of Foundationalism in Economic Modelling"

Week 5 (25th May)

Simon Wimmer (Warwick)

Oliver Hurcrum (Worcester College)

"Knowledge-first belief: counterfactuals and variables"

"Composition as Identity and Temporal Counterpart Theory"

Week 6 (1st June)

Milena Bartholain (Regent's Park)

Raphaël Millière (Magdalen College)


"Are there degrees of self-consciousness?"

Week 7 (8th June)

Sean Costello (Blackfriars Hall)

Sasha Arridge (St Anne's College)

"The Difficulty of Aristotle’s ‘Connate Breath'"

"Deriving Basic Equality from Self-Respect"

Week 8 (15th June)

Alasdair Craig (Lady Margaret Hall)

Dabin Kwon (St Edmund's Hall)

"Experientialism and the problem of cognitive penetration"

"In what sense is technology a threat to Dasein? Heidegger’s philosophy of technology"

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