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White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum

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About the White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum

The White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum (WRPPF) aims to foster research links between the Philosophy postgraduate communities of the Yorkshire Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, as well as to develop their members' research skills. The Forum typically meets three times per year. At each meeting, postgraduate students from each member university present papers to, and receive feedback from, an audience of fellow White Rose postgraduates. Although specifically aimed to an audience of postgraduates, these meetings are also open to academic staff and members of the general public. Occasionally, the Forum organizes additional training meetings designed to benefit members of its constituent postgraduate communities.

Forum co-ordinators: Paul Fagan (Hull), Nahuel Sznajderhaus (Leeds), Stephen Ingram (Sheffield), Elisabeth Thorsson (York).

Date of Next Meeting:

Our next White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum will take place on Satruday 14 November 2015, 10:30-17:00.The venue is now set at the University of Leeds, City Campus, Micheal Sadler Building (Baines Wing), Room BG.36

Really looking forward to meeting you!

Here's a soon to be completed sketch of the programme:

  • 10:00-10:30 Tea & Coffee
  • 10:30-11:40: Ahmad Fattah (Sheffield) - MacIntyre, Moral Disagreements and Liberal Politics, Respondent: TBA
  • 11:50-13:00 Conny Rhode (York) - The Burden of Proof in Philosophical Persuasion Dialogue, Respondent: (TBA)
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch catered by Opposite Bar (Room BG.37)
  • 14:30-15:50 Raùl Ros Morales (Hull) - The best way to understand the solipsism in the Tractatus, nRespondent (TBA)
  • 15:50-17:00 Jade Fletcher (Leeds), Feminist Metaphysics and the Canberra Plan, Respondent: Will Gamester (Leeds)
  • 17:00 onwards: End and Drinks

Past Events

Past Events

Thursday 30th October 2014, University of Sheffield, Jessop West Exhibition Space

  • 10.00 Welcome (tea/coffee...)
  • 10.30 "Social Ontology and Injustice", Katharine Jenkins (Sheffield), Respondent: Ashley Pennington (Sheffield)
  • 11.40 - Break
  • 11.50 "Pragmatic Historicism", Martin Bloomfield (York), Respondent: Josh Black (Sheffield)
  • 13.00 - Lunch
  • 14.00 “If Imagination Ruled the World: Paul Ricoeur’s Productive Imagination and the Critique of Analytical Philosophy", Andrew Walters (Hull), Respondent: Al Baker (Sheffield)
  • 15.10 - Break
  • 15.20 "Ideal Theory, Idealism, and Legitimacy", Elizabeth Watkins (Leeds), Respondent: Armin Khameh (Sheffield)
  • 16.30 - End

Saturday 7 June 2014, University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building, BG. 37 Baines Wing

  • 10:45 - 11:00 Welcome Coffee
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Nicola Kemp (University of Sheffield) TBA, Respondent: Marc Wilcox (Leeds)
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Suki Finn (University of York), TBA, Respondent: Carl Warom (Leeds)
  • 14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
  • 14:45 - 16:00 Paul M Fagan (University of Hull), Respondent: TBC

Saturday 1 March 2014, University of Hull (Staff House, Room CR2)

  • 10:45 - 11:00 Welcome Coffee
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Graham Bex Priestley (University of Sheffield) "Does Ecumenical Expressivism Solve the Frege-Geach Problem?"
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:30 David Price (University of York), "Dispensing with the Explanatory Indispensability Argument"
  • 14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
  • 14:45 - 16:00 Carl Warom (University of Leeds) "Metaphysical Meta-semantic Indeterminacy"

Saturday 2 November 2013, University of York (Humanities Research Centre)

  • 11:00 - 12.15 Tae-Kyung, Kim (York), "Animals, Colour Constancy and Perceptual Contents - Is there any nonconceptual content?"
  • Response: Damiano La Manna (Sheffield)
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch break
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Simon Kittle (Shefield), "Vihvelin and Fischer on whether Frankfurt-style cases remove abilites"
  • Response: Daniel Molto (York)
  • 14:30 - 14:45 Coffee and tea
  • 14:45 - 16:00 Jon Banks (Leeds), "A Defense of Modal Essentialism"
  • Response: David Price (York)

Friday 5 July 2013, University of Sheffield (Humanities Research Institute)

  • Paper Writing Workshop

Saturday 1 June 2013, University of Sheffield (Humanities Research Institute)

  • 10.30 - 11.00 Welcome coffee
  • 11.00 - 12.00 Robert Pezet (Leeds), Is it now now? It is not a question of 'if', but 'when'
  • Response, Al Baker (Sheffield)
  • 12.00 - 13.00 Noel Stewart (York), Why Sumner is wrong to prefer welfarist good to perfectionist good as the foundational value of ethics
  • Response, Jonathan Parry (Sheffield)
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Communal lunch break
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Alex Cannell (Hull), Western Philosophy against the World - Nietzsche's Philosophy in a Global Context
  • Response, Joe Saunders (Sheffield)
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Natasha McKeever (Sheffield), A Gender Neutral Theory of Rape
  • Response, Nahuel Sznajderhaus (Leeds)

Saturday 2 March 2013, University of Leeds (Leeds Humanities Research Institute)

  • 10.45 - 11.00 Welcome Coffee
  • 11.00 - 12.00 Daniel Molto (York), Absolute and Relative Identity
  • 12.00 - 13.00 Paul Fagan (Hull), Who Owns The Wind's Energy?
  • 13.00 - 13.45 Lunch Break
  • 13.45 - 14.45 Paniel Reyes Cardenas (Sheffield), Truth, Inquiry and the Settlement of Belief: Remarks on Misak’s Peircean Account.
  • 14.45 - 15.45 Dani Adams (Leeds), The Logical and Metaphysical Possibility of Divine Causation

Tuesday 6 November 2012, University of Hull (University House)

  • 13.00 - 13.15 Welcome/Coffee
  • 13.15 - 14.10 Thomas Feldges (Hull), Neurophenomenology and empirical Pain-Research.  An Investigation into the Limits of Husserlian Phenomenology
  • 14.20 - 15.15 Filippo Contesi (York), The Ordinariness of Disgust
  • 15.15 - 15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45 - 16.40 Sarah Adams (Leeds), Motivating Theistic Genuine Modal Realism
  • 16.50 - 17.45 Stephen Ingram (Sheffield), Paradigm Cases

Monday 25 June 2012, University of York (HRC)

  • 13.00 – 13.15 Welcome/Coffee
  • 13.15 – 14.10 Amyas Henry Merivale (Leeds), Assertion as Commitment
  • 14.20 – 15.15 Angie Pepper (Sheffield), A Feminist Cosmopolitanism: Relational or Non-Relational?
  • 15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45 – 16.40 Ken Pepper (York), Consciousness, Extended Cognition and the Coupling-Constitution Fallacy
  • 16.50 – 17.45 Mehdi Nassaji (Hull), An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

Wednesday 14 March 2012, University of Sheffield (HRI)

  • 13:30 - 14:30: Martin Vacek (Leeds), “Modal Realism and Impossible Worlds”
  • 14:30 - 15:30: Ro Smith (York), “On the impossibility of believing that I believe that p when I have no opinion about p whatsoever”
  • 15:30 - 16:00: Coffee
  • 16:00 - 17:00: Peter Caven (Sheffield), “Intercultural and Intracultural Moral Disagreement”

Monday 24 October 2011, University of Leeds (LHRI)

  • 13:00 - 14:10  Brendan Harrington (York): “Myths and Modals”
  • 14:20 - 15:30  Paul Giladi (Sheffield): “Ostrich Nominalism, Peacock Realism and Liberal Naturalism”
  • 15:30 - 16:00  Coffee
  • 16:00 - 17:10  Amyas Merivale (Leeds): “Events and States: An Essay in the Metaphysics of English”

Previous Forum co-ordinators:

Carl Baker (co-founder; Leeds), Steve Wright (co-founder; Sheffield), Filippo Contesi (co-founder; York), Dave Race (Leeds), Nicole Woodford (Hull), Charlotte Alderwick (Sheffield), Joe Saunders (Sheffield). 

Forum News

Forum News

The White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum, an initiative run by postgraduates at the Universities of York, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull, has secured £180 of funding as part of the York Humanities Research Centre's Postgraduate Project Grants to help cover the costs of its 2012-2013 meetings.  The application for funding was put in by the Forum's co-ordinators, under the leadership of Filippo Contesi (PhD student at York) and the mentorship of Dr Owen Hulatt (Teaching Fellow at York).  The funding provided by the HRC will ensure the continuation and improvement of the initiatives of the Forum in the next academic year.  On Monday June 25th the Forum met for its third and final meeting of the 2011-12 academic year in York.

Posted: 26/6/2012



The White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum is one of the first two projects to be supported by the University of York Graduate Students' Association with its Postgraduate Community Fund. The Forum has been made available £400 to cover travel expenses of postgraduate students attending its 2012-13 meetings. The application for funding was put in by the Forum's co-ordinators, under the leadership of Filippo Contesi (PhD student at York).

Posted: 10/10/2012





The Forum was awarded £200 of funding to cover organizational and travel expenses for its Spring regular meeting from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. The bid for funding was led by Dave Race, PhD student at Leeds and Leeds co-ordinator of the Forum. In awarding the funding, Leeds expressed their thanks to Dave for his contribution to the postgraduate life of the Department and their intention to establish regular funding for the Forum for the years to come.
 Posted: 13/02/2013



The York Annual Fund has awarded the Forum a grant of £400 to support its 2013/14 activities. The funding application was put in by Filippo Contesi, PhD student at York and York co-ordinator of the Forum.

Posted: 01/05/2013



The Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York were recently awarded in excess of £19 million from the AHRC to create the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. The new College, co-ordinated by the University of York, "will recruit and train more than 300 fully-funded doctoral students over five years" (read more here: WRPPF was one of the existing White Rose collaborative activities cited in the successful funding application. We are proud of having been instrumental to this great achievement, which, in the sad context of an overall fall in UK-research-council spending on doctoral education, amounts to a 7% increase in doctoral funding provision fom the AHRC to the three universities.

Posted: 13/11/13






Contact Us

Forum contact information

Elisabeth Thorsson
Department of Philosophy
University of York
YO10 5DD