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Southampton Undergraduate Philosophy Conference 2018 Event

Avenue Campus
4 - 5 January 2018
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Storey at .

Event details

On 4 & 5 January 2018, Philosophy at Southampton will host a conference for upper level undergraduate students.

The event will involve presentations by Southampton faculty – Professor Aaron Ridley, a specialist in aesthetics and the history of philosophy (especially Nietzsche), and Dr Giulia Felappi, a specialist in philosophy of language and metaphysics. In addition, there will be up to 10 sessions for student presentations.


Thursday 4th January

12:00-13:00 Registration and lunch
13:00-14:00 Southampton faculty presentation: Giulia Felappi – TBC (1097)

Parallel session 1

Calum McNamara (King’s College London) – “A Population Axiology for Credal States” (1097)

Felix Langley (King’s College London) – “The Moral Case for a Universal Basic Income” (1097)

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

Parallel session 2

Theodora Alexa (Southampton) – “Intention, Belief and Action: An Analysis of the Toxin Puzzle” (1097)

Sara Sheikhi (Uppsala) – “Beyond the Betrayal of Language: On the Role of Skepticism in Otherwise than Being” (1173)


Parallel session 3

Soma Pirityi (Exeter) – “Problems with Karl Popper’s Falsification Theory” (1097)

Charlie Smith (Durham) – “The Tesla Problem: Trolleys, Proximity and Duty” (1173)


Pub and dinner at The Brewhouse and Kitchen


Thursday 5th January


Parallel session 4

Tony Pollard (Durham) – “In What Ways, if Any, Does Evil-Doing Differ from Wrong-Doing?” (1173)

Simeon Carter (Southampton) – “Hume and the Problem of Taste” (1173)

10:30-11:00 Info session on Philosophy MA* (1097)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break

Parallel session 5

Colette Olive (KCL) – “The Artist as Thinker: Moral thought and Russian Literature” (1097)

Hugo Luzio (Lisbon) – “Is Blatti’s Animal Ancestors Argument Persuasive?” (1173)

12:30-13:30 Southampton faculty presentation: Aaron Ridley – TBC (1097)
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30 Conference ends

*This session is optional for those interested in postgraduate study.


Further information


The conference will take place at Avenue Campus in rooms 1097 and 1173.


The event is wheelchair accessible, as is the dinner venue. Service animals are welcome. An induction loop can be made available. A quiet room can also be made available. If you have any queries or requests relating to accessibility, please get contact Tracy Storey. We will seek to accommodate any requests we receive in advance.


The University Nursery is OFSTED-regulated and offers a limited number of places for children aged between four months and five years. Advance booking is required for this service and is made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We can also support parents in making alternative arrangements.

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