The Philosophical Society / Jowett Society

The Philosophical Society and Jowett Society provide a forum for the discussion of philosophical issues by members of the faculty. 

The Jowett Society dates back to the nineteenth century and was named in honour of Benjamin Jowett. Previous speakers include Russell, Wittgenstein, and Davidson. All are welcome to attend. After the talks all are invited to socialise and continue discussion over drinks in the Colin Matthews Room. If you would like to join for dinner after the drinks reception, please email Alexander Gilbert

Seminars ordinarily take place on Fridays, 15.30 - 17.30 in the Lecture Room at the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Rd. The seminar is hosted by either the Philosophical Society or the Jowett Society. 


Philosophical Society Convenors: Paul Elbourne and Ralf Bader 

Jowett Society Organising Committee: Harry Alanen, Christopher Benzenberg, Sara Chan, Sean Costello, Alasdair Criag, Katherine Hong, Sebastian Liu, Chiara Martini, Arnaud Petit, Beatriz Santos and Lewis Wang. | Jowett Society Website

Past Terms

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Week 1 (12th October) (Jowett)

Margot Strohminger (Oxford)

'Supposition, Imagination and Offline Belief'

Week 2 (19th October) (Jowett) Nilanjan Das (UCL) 'Externalism and Exploitability' 
Week 3 (26th October) (Jowett) Andrew Chignell (Princeton) 'Knowledge and Ignorance in Kant'
Week 4 (2nd November) (Jowett) John Carriero (UCLA) 'Spinoza and Our Ontological Demotion'
Week 5 (9th November)  Seminar cancelled  
Week 6 (16th November) Seminar cancelled  
Week 7 (23rd November) (Phil.) Georgi Gardiner (Oxford) 'Profiling and Proof: Are Statistics Safe?'
Week 8 (30th November) (Jowett) Maria Alvarez (King's College London) 'Agency, Abilities and Control'

Week 1 (27th April) (Jowett)

John Hawthorne (USC)

"Chrisholm's Paradox"

Week 2 (4th May) (Jowett) Murat Aydede (UBC) "What is pain in a body part?"
Week 3 (10th May)  No Seminar -
Week 4 (17th May) (Jowett) Ian Proops (UT) "The inestimatable world: Kant's resolution of the mathematical antinomies"
Week 5 (24th May) (Phil.) Fraser MacBride (Mancester) TBA
Week 6 (31st May) (Jowett) Miriam Schoenfield (MIT) TBA
Week 7 (7th June) (Phil.) No Seminar -
Week 8 (14th June) (Jowett) Helen Beebee (Manchester) TBA
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