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Date: October 29, 2019

PhD studentships in Philosophy at the University of Southampton

PhD studentships in Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

We invite applications for PhD study in Philosophy, especially in areas in which we have research strengths. The department has a long-established international reputation for our work in the History of Philosophy, especially 19th century German philosophy; in analytic aesthetics; and in the thought of Wittgenstein. More recently, the department has become known for world-leading work in epistemology and ethics. We also have strengths in metaphysics, and the philosophies of mind and language. For the most complete picture of our research strengths, see the staff page here:

Application information for Southampton is available here:

Most of our PhD students are funded via AHRC studentships with the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training partnership (SWWDTP). See their website for information:
Enquiries about the application process, and other funding opportunities, can be directed to the Director of Graduate Admissions, Prof. Genia Schönbaumsfeld, at .

Please note that the deadline for funding applications to the SWWDTP is in January, 2020, but for your application you will need to have already organised your supervisor(s) and submitted a polished proposal. We therefore strongly recommend that interested potential students make contact now if they wish to have a good chance of receiving funding.

Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld
Director of Graduate Admissions
Department of Philosophy
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – CONFERENCE: “Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between Epistemology and Ethics

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – CONFERENCE: “Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between Epistemology and Ethics” (28 & 29 January 2020, University of Valencia, Spain.)

Please send to by Sunday 24th November 2019 the following TWO documents, including as an email subject “Intercultural Understanding Valencia Conference":

1) A document with:

· Abstract of 500 words maximum on the conference theme (see below).

· Proposed title and short bibliography (not included in the above word count).

· No name or affiliation information.

2) A separate document in the same email with:

· Your name.

· Your academic position and affiliation.

· Other information you consider relevant, if any.

Submissions by members of underrepresented groups are warmly welcome.

Decisions on selected abstracts will be communicated by the end of November.

This is the inaugural conference of the three-year research project:

· PGC2018-093982-B-I00 “Intercultural Understanding, Belonging and Value: Wittgensteinian Approaches”

· Principal Investigator: Chon Tejedor, University of Valencia.

· Funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades and the European Union.


Conference title: “Intercultural Understanding: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between Epistemology and Ethics”
Date & venue: 28 & 29 January 2020, University of Valencia, Spain
Postgraduate and open session talks will be 25 minutes each, followed by a Q&A.

Conference theme:
The philosophical question “How are we to understand other cultures?” arises from two sets of concerns: one epistemological, the other ethical. The question captures epistemological concerns such as: is it possible to understand the propositions, beliefs, reasons, practices, etc. of those who belong to cultures significantly different from ours? And: how do we track what counts as correct or appropriate understanding here? At the same time, the question captures ethical concerns such as: are some forms of intercultural understanding more valuable than others? And: do we have a moral requirement to seek such understanding?

The standard approach to this question – certainly in analytic philosophy – is marked by a sharp compartmentalisation of these two sets of concerns. We propose to develop, from the perspective of Wittgensteinian philosophy (broadly construed to include not only Wittgenstein but also philosophers such as Bernard Williams, Peter Winch, Stanley Cavell and Cora Diamond), an approach to this question that emphasises the intimate connection between its epistemological and ethical aspects.

Confirmed speakers:
Gorazd Andrejč (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)

Leo Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Juliet Floyd (Boston University, United States of America)

Meena Dhanda (University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)

Witold Jacorzynski (CIESAS, Unidad Regional del Sudeste, México)

Sofia Miguens (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)

Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)

Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia, Spain)

Conference organiser: Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia, Spain) Email:

Scientific Committee:

· Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)

· David Pérez Chico (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

· Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia, Spain)

· Nicolás Sánchez Durá (University of Valencia, Spain)

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