We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the 2018 BPPA Annual Conference and Careers Day:


Professor Heather Widdows

Keynote: A duty to be beautiful?

Professor Veronique Munoz- Darde

Keynote: Consent, Sex and Wronging

Professor Alison Jaggar

Keynote: TBC



Cecily Whiteley



‘Towards a Neuroscience-First, Naturalistic Metaphysics of Consciousness’

Sami Rissanen

PhD Candidate

Affiliation: University of Reading (Sep 2015–ongoing)

Supervisors: Prof. Emma Borg (UoR) & Prof. R. Maximilian de Gaynesford (UoR)

Research Project: My doctoral research aims to develop a conceptual tool for the extraction and analysis of implicit commitments theories of meaning make. This conceptual tool is a modelling procedure based on reframing the relations theories of meaning discuss as constituting a form of attributed situation. By analysing the relations a theory treats as meaning-defining, two kinds of commitments may be reconstructed: (1) which exact kinds of worldly entities instantiate well-formed meaning, and (2) what is the proper domain for defining their meaning. Feminist critiques of aperspectival objectivity help show why a view from nowhere should be privileged relative to neither situations nor meaning.

Barend Cornelis de Rooij

PhD candidate

Affiliation:University of Sheffield and University of Groningen

Barend does research at the intersection of (social) epistemology and ethics, studying how institutional structures facilitate or obstruct individual epistemic virtues. His research is co-sponsored by the University of Groningen, where he works on the project “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Medicine/Finance” (Dutch Research Council). Barend’s secondary research interests include the ethics of migration and philosophy of social science.

Aleida Lujan Pinelo

I am a Mexican doctorate candidate at the faculty of Law, University of Turku. I am working on an interdisciplinary research on femi(ni)cide in the European context. I obtained my Master’s degree in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Gender and Women’s Studies (GEMMA) at the University of Granada and the University of Utrecht; I graduated from Utrecht University with a thesis examining femi(ni)cide from a philosophical perspective and using a cutting-edge critical feminist methodology. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in Mexico City with a thesis on the concept of the body in Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I did a semester abroad at the National University of Buenos Aires in 2007. In 2016 I participated as respondent in the conference Women in Philosophy at University of Amsterdam. I have been a contributor since 2011 to the Association Otro Tiempo–Spain and the online project Feminicidio.net. I have also have done volunteer work for Casco (Art, Design and Theory Office) in Utrecht.

Eugenia Lancellotta

As a first-year PhD student in Philosophy of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, my aim is to contribute to the understanding of the biologically adaptive role of delusions. My project will contribute to the comprehension of the adaptiveness of delusions by adopting an approach which has been so far overlooked. This approach consists in the analysis of the biological benefits of delusions within the context of some obsessive-compulsive disorders, namely OCD, BDD and HD. Throughout my academic career, my interests have been drawn ever further into the Philosophy of Psychology. After having pursued my Classics background to Masters level, this passion led me to undertake an MA in Philosophy at KCL, with a final dissertation on the pathological factors of delusions. My interest in the Philosophy of Psychology was already latent in my studies in Classics. This is shown by my MA thesis on the Historia philosopha, one of the first handbook of ancient philosophy, and by a research project on Aristole’s De anima, which is considered to have laid the foundations of Western Philosophy of Psychology.

Affiliation: University of Birmingham

Ahmad Jabbar

Area: Metaphysics- Philosophy of Language

Affiliation: University of St Andrews

I am a graduate student at St Andrews. My main areas of interest are Philosophy of Language and Logic.

Zhiyu Luo

Affiliation: University of St Andrews

Short Biography: I was born and raised in an art-loving family in Chengdu, China, who supported me to go to the United States for college after 12 years of being in a highly competitive and test-oriented educational system. Though I flirted with linguistics and film studies at Haverford College in the US, I became enamored with mathematics and philosophy (ethics of care in particular), and graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in philosophy. I’m currently studying philosophy at the University of St Andrews, looking to an academic career but also open to other possibilities that life takes me to.

Elise Johnson

Title: Rethinking Nothing: the methodology behind the concept

Affiliation: University of Leeds

Chun-Nam Chan (Emile)

Second-Year PhD Student

Interests: Philosophy of Emotion and Action, Epistemology, Meta-ethics.

Affiliation: Philosophy, the University of Manchester

Matilde Aliffi

Affiliation: University of Birmingham

Abstract submitted: Emotions and Epistemic Rationality

I am a PhD student in Philosophy working at the University of Birmingham. In my doctoral research, I investigate the rationality of emotions. I aim (a) to show that emotions are epistemically rationally assessable, (b) to defend a new account of the epistemic rationality of emotions and (c) to examine the extent to which subjects are epistemically responsible for their emotions. Using empirically informed philosophical methodology, I present an account of the epistemic rationality norms that apply to the emotions. I seek to develop a new avenue of research in epistemology which tends to focus on the rationality of belief and knowledge to the exclusion of emotion. My main research interests are in philosophy of emotions, epistemology, rationality and epistemic responsibility. My research is funded by the AHRC M3C scholarship.

Kathryn Nave and Wilson Lee

Kathryn NAVE is a first year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh working on the interdisciplinary project, ‘Expecting Ourselves’, which aims to investigate the nature of conscious experience in the predictive brain.  Her focus is on integrating predictive processing with insights from Husserlian phenomenology.

Wilson LEE is also a first-year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, but works on the relationship between false consciousness and moral responsibility. Secondary interests include comparative philosophy, classical Chinese philosophy, Kierkegaard and Arendt.

Adina Covaci

Title: ‘The Asymmetry of Deference’

Affiliation: University of Leeds

Bradley Hillier-Smith

I am a PhD Student at the University of Reading under the supervision of Professor Brad Hooker and Dr. Luke Elson.  I mainly work in political philosophy, normative political theory and applied ethics, specialising in human rights and refugees within global ethics. My thesis title is Prioritarianism of Rights: Our Moral Obligations to Refugees. I am a charity worker for numerous refugee NGOs, have worked in refugee camps and am also a political lobbyist advocating for the rights and settlement for refugees in the UK. I hold a Masters with Distinction in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE and a BA in History and Politics from QMUL

Adriana Alcaraz Sanchez

My name is Adriana Alcaraz and I’m an Mphil student in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. With a previous BA in Psychology and a MA in Cognitive Science, my work is in the intersection between Philosophy and Psychology. My project aims at developing a taxonomy of sleep states by drawing into research from Indian philosophy and Cognitive Science. For this purpose, I am currently looking into the minimal phenomenal experience and whether this involves a sense of self or being someone. My work with involve an empirical project in which I will interview subjects about their experiences during sleep, finding fine-grained descriptions on their sense of self, space and time.

Kayleigh A Doherty

Affiliation: University of Sheffield

Paper Title: “Blame, Trust, and Epistemic Injustice”
I am a first year postgraduate in the PhD programmes at University of Sheffield and University of Groningen working on a specialized research project titled “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice in Medicine and Finance.” My research focuses on how hermeneutical marginalization of patients with undiagnosed or underdiagnosed illness can lead to a breakdown of trust between the doctor and patient which in turn can lead both the patient developing a sense of distrust towards herself and her body and a hermeneutical gap in medical knowledge. In doing so, I focus on female patients and the experience of being a sick woman. Alongside my research on the prevalence of hermeneutical injustice in medicine, I also work on less applied issues within social epistemology, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and moral philosophy; namely, looking at how issues of epistemic injustice and trust relate to and support our moral practices of blame and holding one another responsible for systemic injustice and oppression.

Iliana Lytra

I am a 4-year PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh in Ancient Philosophy. I work on Socratic Irony and its contemporary applications on Virtue Ethics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Education and Language. Alongside with my research, I have been a tutor at UoE for the past 3 years for the courses “Morality and Value” and “Greats: From Plato to Enlightenment”. I have also been an active participant in all ‘Edinburgh Women in Philosophy’ events taking place in my department for the past four years, including the ‘New Enlightenment Lectures’. Ancient Philosophy is currently rather underrepresented in significant philosophical events and this is a great opportunity to show that Socratic, Platonic, Aristotelian and many more concepts throughout the History of Philosophy are still enigmatic, misinterpreted and need further research. As Philosophy progresses, these phenomena find different meanings and applications that can change the way we currently understand them.

Aalia Asaadi

Title: Feminist ego and the Dialectic of Constant and Transformation

Affiliation: PhD student, University of Durham.





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