School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Philosophy Seminars and Events

The Philosophy Programme hosts a regular seminar series during Trimesters 1 and 2 with papers presented by visiting speakers and academic staff from within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria.  All are welcome to attend.

Justin Sytsma is the coordinator of the series for 2014.

Unless otherwise noted(*), all talks to be held Thursdays from 2.00 - 4.00 pm in Murphy 103.

Date Speaker and Topic
17 July Don Locke (Victoria University of Wellington), 'How do we behave? Does our consciousness cause our actions?'
24 July Stephen Finlay (University of Southern California), 'For its own sake'.
31 July Jay Shaw (Victoria University of Wellington), 'Meaning: A contemporary study'.
7 August PhD Student Presentations
14 August Ramon Das (Victoria University of Wellington), 'A Critique of Moral Error Theory'.
21 August PhD Student Presentations
28 August Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney), 'Looking High and Low for Explanation'


11 September* Dom Lopez (University of British Columbia), 'Channel conditions: Philosophy and recent photography'.
22 September** Michael Devitt (CUNY), 'Justifying Scientific Realism: Should we forget about the Success Argument?'
25 September Mike LeBuffe (University of Otago), 'Towards a Spinozistic Theory of prescriptive ethics'.
2 October Dan Halliday (University of Melbourne), 'Egalitarian Justice and Inherited Wealth'.
9 October Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia), 'The metaphysics of romantic love'.
16 October Catherine Abu-Nemeh (Victoria University of Wellington), 'Crayfish regeneration and the search for Metaphysics'.

* Video Conference. Time and location to be advised.

** To be held in Alan McDiarmid (AM)101


Society for Philosophy & Culture: International 'Mind, Body and Self' conference

Date: 24–26 July 2015

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Memorial Theatre, Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus

The Society for Philosophy & Culture has organised an international conference to be held at Victoria University of Wellington on 24-26 July 2015, on the topic of Mind, Body and Self.

The Society has branches at Victoria University and McMaster University, Canada, and encourages cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary debate and discussion.

Conference organiser, Victoria University’s Associate Professor Dr Jay Shaw of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, says the conference will assemble as many points of view as possible.

"By sharing the opinions of each field, our goal is to illustrate the interrelation between the different areas of expertise and promote a more encompassing vision of the topic."

The Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown will open the conference on the evening of Friday, 24 July at the Memorial Theatre, Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus.

A dinner afterwards will be provided free of charge by the Society, as well as lunches and morning and afternoon teas during the weekend. Attendance is also free.

The academic sessions will be held on Saturday 25 July as well as on Sunday 26 July from 10 am to 6 pm in the Murphy Building, rooms 631 and 632.

Call for papers

Submissions for the conference are invited from scholars of all disciplines by 28 June. For further information, email: or visit the Society's website.


The Society has also recently announced a new $500 scholarship for Master's students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science's School of Psychology.

The scholarship is for those who have recently completed their thesis, or who are about to. Priority will be given to those of an interdisciplinary nature.

Applications for the scholarship close on 31 March 2015. For further information, visit Society for Philosophy & Culture J.L. Shaw Thesis Award.

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