JOB: Lecturer in Philosophy (Full-time, Indefinite)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment
Lecturer in Philosophy
Grade 7a Salary in the range: £33,943 to £39,324

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience.  With a turnover in excess of £134 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.  Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk.

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment wishes to appoint a talented academic to the full-time indefinite post of Lecturer in Philosophy.  It is expected that you will commence in post in September 2017.  The successful applicant will have a PhD in Philosophy, an excellent research profile relative to her or his career stage, and abilities to convene and teach undergraduate modules in their respective areas of competence.  Further information on the existing programme can be found at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/catalog ue/2016-17/Philosophy.html

Excellent candidates from any areas of specialisation in Philosophy will be considered, but those with research interests and teaching experience that complement or extend existing areas of strength might be preferred.  Evidence of engagement with the impact agenda would also be an advantage.

The position is designed to complement existing teaching and research strengths in the Philosophy Programme which we offer as both a Single Honours and as a Dual Honours degree.  Student satisfaction is one of Keele University’s great strengths, so we would hope to recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher able to build on this reputation.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to discharge any administrative duties as required by the Head of School, as well as to conduct research and/or entrepreneurial activities in the field of Philosophy.  Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will join a friendly and intellectually stimulating programme, which is part of a cosmopolitan and interdisciplinary school.

Informal enquiries may be made in confidence to the Director of the Philosophy Programme, Professo r Sorin Baiasu: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk

We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and value equality and diversity across our workforce.

For full post details please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the ‘View current vacancies’ link.

Closing date for applications:  21 June 2017

Interviews planned to be held on: Thursday 6th July 2017

Post reference: KU00000503

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.

See job description for further details.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: EVENTS AT KEELE

KOSAKLogoRegistration  is now open for several events (taking place between 15 and 18 March 2016 at Keele University) organised under the aegis of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre. Registration deadline: 8 March 2016.

Please note: although some events are free, it is important to register in order to make sure we have sufficient places at the respective venues.

  • ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference
    • Annual Lecture by Mark Timmons (Arizona) on “Kant’s Conception of Moral Evil”
    • Conference on Kant’s Doctrine of Virtue with Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Mark Timmons (Arizona), Dieter Schönecker (Siegen), Elke Schmidt (Siegen), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) and Sorin Baiasu (Keele)

To register and for more information, see: philosophyk.wordpress.com/kosak/

  • (As part of the British Academy Newton Fellowship “Dealing Ethically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments)
    • Training Programme: “Ethical Approaches to Conflict Reconciliation” – a course for postgraduate students and early postdoctoral researchers with Howard Williams (Aberystwyth/Cardiff), Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Mark Timmons (Arizona), Alice Pinheiro-Walla (Dublin), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) and Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
    • Workshop: “Dealing Ethically with Deep Differences” with Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Alberto Vanzo (Warwick) and Edward Kanterian (Kent) – although the workshop is part of the training programme, it can be attended also independently from the training course.

To register and for more information, see: philosophyk.wordpress.com/banewton/

Final Reminder: Philosophy Studentships (Including AHRC) at Keele

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Postgraduate Funding in Philosophy: As part of a major investment in Postgraduate Research Studentships in the Humanities, including full AHRC studentships, Philosophy at Keele University is pleased to invite applications for 2016-17.

Philosophy at Keele is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University. We invite applications for PhD research projects with supervision based at Keele or jointly at Keele and one of the other members of the Consortium. We have research strengths in all the main areas of Philosophy, with particular expertise in the following areas: Kantian philosophy (all aspects), philosophy of mind and action, history of philosophy, metaphilosophy, metaphysics and moral philosophy (in particular normative ethics and metaethics), philosophy of religion, political philosophy and environmental philosophy.

Philosophy research at Keele is placed in the Research Centre for the Study of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment (RC4SPIRE), is a main centre for the activities of the UK Kant Society and of the Kantian Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research, as well as home of a new Research Centre for Kantian Studies organised in association with Oxford University and University of St Andrews.

The postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

– Fully funded AHRC studentships

– Full studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grants)

– Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)

– Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

– The NWCDTP also offers a small number of MRes studentships.

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£14,007 and £4,052 for 2016-17)

Philosophy at Keele offers a lively and friendly research environment. Postgraduate students at all levels are encouraged to attend the research activities organised by the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre and by the Forum for Philosophical Research, including the “Jean-Jacques Rousseau” Annual and Conference, the Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lectures, Postgraduate Research Seminars, reading groups, special lectures and other events organised by the RC4SPIRE. There is a thriving student-led Philosophy Society who hold regular debates and film screenings. All postgraduate students are part of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, and benefit from its facilities, including a new dedicated research building.

Two AHRC-funded students started their PhDs in October 2015 at Keele: Aaran Burns (co-supervised with Manchester) does research in the philosophy of religion, on the topic “De Jure Objections to Religious Belief”; Amy Kings works at the intersection of Kantian philosophy, feminist philosophy and environmental ethics on the topic “An Alternative Conception of the Kantian Sublime”.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 January 2016.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application (www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/#tabs-2 and, more generally www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/). If in doubt or have any questions, just email: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk

 

“Philosopher on Jazz” at Keele Community Day

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At this year’s Keele Community Day on Sunday 31 May (http://www.keele.ac.uk/keeleday/), SPIRE’s James Tartaglia – philosopher and jazz musician – will be running an event to guide people through 4 classic jazz performances:

Bix Beiderbecke – “Blue River” (1927)
Lester Young – “Linger Awhile” (1943)
Sonny Rollins – “At McKies'” (1963)
Albert Ayler – “Change has Come” (1967)
James will have his saxophone on hand to give demonstrations, as he provides fascinating background on the musicians and performances, explains what to listen out for, and then plays the original recordings.
The event will take place from 1:30 – 2:30 in Zone 2 (CBA 0.061). Programme available here:
http://www.keele.ac.uk/keeleday/communitydayprogrammeofevents/CommunityDay2015.Proagramme.Digital.pdf

Latest news

This academic year is drawing to a close. Several excellent pieces of news must be mentioned. We will start a new Single Honours programme in Philosophy from September 2015 and are currently advertising a 2-year full-time lectureship in philosophy (see details below) in connection with this plan for expansion. The number of applications for our undergraduate programmes in Philosophy for 2015/16 increased threefold. Our bid for AHRC PhD funding was successful. We hope to advertise at least another PhD studentship for the next academic year. We are in the process of creating a new Research Centre for Kantian Studies at Keele, in association with Oxford University and University of St Andrews. And these are not all.

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In the meantime, we continued to run the usual events: the Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lectures (details below), the ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference, which was this year part of a 3-day Kant Festival, a reading group (on Bernard Williams’s Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy) and a study group (on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Reason). We are in the process of organising a summer school in methodology in political philosophy (Keele, 15-25 June), for which we received funding from the ECPR, and a major conference on Kant on Politics and Religion, jointly organised by the UK Kant Society and the North American Kant Society, will be hosted at Keele in September 2015.

The final 2014/15 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture will be next week (details are provided below, including details of the previous lectures for this semester). We are considering introducing also a virtual summer seminar series (details will be announced here in due course). More news will be posted here soon.

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Final Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture for this academic year:

Arguing for Cosmopsychism
By: Philip Goff (CEU)
On: Tuesday, 21st of April 2015
From: 6-7.30 pm
At: CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building
Keele University

All Welcome! Wine!

Abstract:
There are good a priori reasons to think that consciousness is irreducible. There are good empirical reasons to think consciousness is not fundamental. Because of this, science and philosophy seem to be locked in perpetual dispute with respect to consciousness. I argue that cosmopsychism, the view that the cosmos is the one and only fundamental entity and is conscious, is able to respect both what science seems to be showing us, and what philosophy seems to be showing us, about the nature of consciousness. This gives us strong reason to think cosmopsychism is true.

About the Speaker:
Philip Goff is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Central European University in Budapest. His main research is the mind-body problem: arguing against physicalism and defending the Russell-Eddington inspired solution to the mind-body problem which has become known as ‘Russellian monism’. Philip favours a panpsychist form of this view. He is currently working on a monograph defending these positions entitled ‘Consciousness and fundamental reality’. More recent research interests include defending a partially non-realist conception of Christianity, and the ethics of taxation.


17 March 2015: Why Does Ought Imply Can?
Robert Stern (Sheffield)

Abstract:
This paper examines different ways in which the principle that ‘ought implies can’ might be rendered plausible.I set the principle in the context of the kind of theories of obligation that might go with it (where I consider divine command accounts, natural law accounts, self-legislation accounts and social command accounts), and explore the way that each offers a rather different perspective on the principle, and why it might hold. My aim here is not to defend the principle as such, but to explore the kind of commitments that might be required to make it seem compelling, where it turns out that they can be interestingly various.

About the Speaker:
Robert Stern has been at the University of Sheffield since 1989, having been a graduate and Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge. He is the author of Hegel, Kant and the Structure of the Object (Routledge 1990), Transcendental Arguments and Scepticism (Oxford University Press, 2000), Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’ (Routledge 2002), and Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard (Cambridge University Press, 2012), while a collection of his papers was published by Oxford University Press in 2009 under the title Hegelian Metaphysics. A second collection of papers entitled Kantian Ethics will appear later this year. He is currently working on a new project concerning the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup, for which he has an AHRC Fellowship.


3 March 2015: Kant and Territorial Rights
Alice Pinheiro-Walla (UCC)

Abstract:
In this paper, I analyse Kant’s idea that rights to land are a necessary requirement of pure practical reason and its relation to Kant’s strongly undertheorized, secularised version of “common possession of the earth”. Kant reinterprets the traditional modern idea of common possession as the external relations between individuals in space, thereby bringing the occupation of space and consequently territory especially to the fore in his legal theory. I defend the view that territorial rights in Kant’s account are important for two reasons: firstly, they provide a relatively omnilateral standard for quantifying acquisition compared to the state of nature; secondly they enable the necessary transitional steps towards a condition of cosmopolitan distributive justice, towards which we have a duty to strive. However, territorial rights can be limited by the involuntary need of outsiders to occupy space. This is because common possession of the earth is the legal foundation of both the right to control territory and the right of involuntary visitors to be admitted in another’s territory, as illustrated by Kant’s account of cosmopolitan right.

About the Speaker:
Alice Pinheiro Walla is lecturer in Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland. She has her PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2012). Her research areas are Immanuel Kant, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy and History of Philosophy. She has published a number of articles on Kant’s moral and legal philosophy and is currently working on a book entitled Happiness in Kant’s Practical Philosophy. She has recently started a research project developing a theory of territorial rights based on Kant’s notion of Common Possession of the Earth.


17 February 2015: Deception
J. J. Valberg (UCL)

Abstract:
So-called ethical theories, like Kant’s and Utilitarianism, seem not to give us any insight into what actually bothers about wronging someone, and in that sense not to give us moral insight into the wrongness of those of our actions we know to be wrong. The paper considers the case of personal deception – in the hope, at least in this case, of gaining some such insight.

About the Speaker:
J.J. Valberg taught briefly at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago before coming to the UK where he spent his teaching career at University College London. He is the author of The Puzzle of Experience (Oxford) and Dream, Death and the Self (Princeton).

 

3 February 2015: Two Ways to Connect Reasons and Reasoning
Jonathan Way (Southampton)

Abstract:
Evidentialism is the thesis that all reasons to believe p are evidence that p. Evidentialism implies that incentives for believing p – such as the fact that believing p would make you happy – are not, thereby, reasons to believe p. Several authors have recently defended evidentialism on the grounds that (i) reasons to believe must be considerations we can reason from and (ii) we cannot reason from incentives for believing p. In this paper, I argue that these arguments fail because they ignore the possibility of reasoning badly from incentives to belief. I then offer a new argument for evidentialism, which turns on a connection between reasons and good reasoning. I also consider how these arguments apply to pragmatic reasons for intention and other attitudes.

About the Speaker:
Jonathan Way is lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He works on issues in ethics and epistemology, broadly construed.

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

Lecturer in Philosophy

Starting salary: Grade 7a, £33,242 (fixed term for 2 years)

The School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy wishes to appoint a talented academic to a full-time 2-year fixed-term Lectureship in Philosophy. It is expected that you will commence in post on the 1st September 2015.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Philosophy, an excellent research profile relative to her or his career stage, and abilities to convene and teach undergraduate modules in their respective areas of competence.

The area of specialisation is open, but we have teaching needs in the areas of Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Ancient Philosophy and Continental Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy (possibly including non-Western philosophy) and Continental Philosophy are our most immediate teaching needs. Excellent candidates from other areas of specialisation will be considered, but those with research interests and teaching experience in the areas mentioned above might be preferred. Evidence of engagement with the impact agenda might also be an advantage.

The position is designed to complement existing teaching and research strengths in the Philosophy Programme, particularly with a view to the introduction, from September 2015, of a new Single-Honours Programme in Philosophy. Student satisfaction is one of Keele University’s great strengths, so we would hope to recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher able to build on this reputation. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to discharge any administrative duties as required by the Head of School, as well as to conduct research and/or entrepreneurial activities in the field of Philosophy. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicants will join a friendly and intellectually stimulating programme, which is part of a cosmopolitan and interdisciplinary school.

Informal enquiries may be made in confidence to the Director of the Philosophy Programme, Dr Sorin Baiasu: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk or the Head of School, Professor Bulent Gokay: b.gokay@keele.ac.uk

For full post details and to apply, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/AC15-21

Equality
Equality

Closing date for applications: 28th April 2015
Interviews will be held on: 19th May 2015
Post reference: AC15/21

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.
See job description for further details.