The Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures

The University of Wolverhampton is an accredited branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, a charity whose origins go back to the 1920s.

The Institute is dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its forms, in order to access the widest possible audience, not just academics and students of philosophy.

The Institute is based in London but has also many branches across the country. The University of Wolverhampton has obtained accreditation in 2003 and has since organised many public lectures, which are open to the general public.

To find out about the various activities of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, you can visit their website:



  • Professor John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton) - The Reasoning of Unreason, Wednesday 6th May 2020, 6pm-7.30pm (Tea at 5.30pm), Room: MK045
  • (University of Reading) - Gender and Race: Cross Cultural Approaches, Wednesday 29th April 2020, 6pm-7.30pm (Tea at 5.30pm), Room: MK045
  • Professor Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin) - The Question of Value in Science, Thursday 26th March 2020, 6pm-7.30pm (Tea at 5:30pm), Room: MK045
  • Dr Guy Longworth (University of Warwick) - Testimony, Reasons and Evidence, Thursday 5th March 2020, 6pm-7.30pm (Tea at 5.30pm), Room: MK045


  • Professor Jonathan Wolff (Oxford University) - Injustice in the Real World, Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6pm-7.30pm (Tea/Coffee at 5.30pm), Room: MK045
  • Shaj Mohan (New Delhi) - Truth, Love and Death and Divya Dwivedi (IIT, Delhi) - Gandhi’s Hypophysics, Monday 25 March 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Tea/coffee at 5pm). Room: MK045
  • Professor Jonardon Ganeri (New York University, Abu Dhabi) - Illusions of Immortality, Thursday 1 November 2018, 6pm – 7.30pm (Tea/Coffee from 5:30pm), MK045 - George Wallis Building

Previous Lectures:


  • Dr Kevin Magill - Kind of Minds? Thursday 26 April, 5.30-7.30pm, (Tea and Coffee from 5pm), MU305 -Lord Swraj Paul Building
  • Professor Robbie Shilliam - Race and the Undeserving Poor: From Abolition to Brexit, Tuesday 20  March, 5:30-7:30 pm (Tea and Coffee from 5pm), MU306 – Lord Swraj Paul Building 
  • Dr Keti Chukhrov, Whether Ideal Can Be Material: On Soviet Marxist Thought, Wednesday 7 March 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm, Tea and Coffee from 4:30 pm - MU405– Lord Swraj Paul Building
  • Professor Esther Leslie,  Cloud Aesthetics, Wednesday 7 February, 5.30-7.30pm, Tea and Coffee from 5.00pm, MK045 - The George Wallis Building
  • Dr Kathleen Stock 'Pornography and Speech', Thursday 7 December 2017, 5pm - 7.00pm (Tea/Coffee at 4.30pm), MU306 (Cancelled)
  • Prof Howard Caygill - 'Kant's Late Philosophy', Thursday 16 November 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Tea/Coffee at 5pm), MK045


  • Dr. Jonathan Webber (Cardiff) University) 'Rethinking Existentialism: From Radical Freedom to Sedimentation' Tuesday 25 April, 2017, 4pm - 6pm, MU006
  • Professor Stephen Mulhall(University of Oxford) 'Film and Philosophy: Digital Cinema and Moral Perfectionism' Thursday 27 October, 2016, 5pm-7pm (tea/coffee at 4:30pm), MX004
  • Professor Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire) 'Action in Art and Ethics'. Thursday, 20 October, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee at 5pm), MK045


  • Professor Helen Steward (University of Leeds) 'Animal Freedoms and Free Will'. Wednesday 27 January 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, MC001
  • Professor Alison Stone (Lancaster University) 'Adorno and popular music'. Wednesday 9 December 2015, 5.15pm - 7.00pm, MC228


  • Dr Benjamin Noys (University of Chichester) 'Speed Limits: The Philosophy of Acceleration'. Thursday 13 November 2014, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, MC301
  • Prof Ken Gemes (Birkbeck College, London) 'Nietzsche and the Crisis of Modernity'. Wednesday 10 December, 5:30pm - 7:30pm , MC301
  • Prof John Cottingham (St John's College, Oxford) 'How to Philosophize about Religion'. Wednesday 25 February, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, MC001
  • Professor Roger Crisp (St Anne's College, Oxford) on 'Moral Luck'. Wednesday 22 April, 5:30pm-7:30 pm, MC001
  • Dr Anita Avramides (St Hilda’s College, Oxford) 'Myself and Others'. Wednesday 6 May, 5:30pm -7:30 pm, MC001


  • Professor Philip Goodchild (University of Nottingham) 'Reason and Rationalisation: The fate of reason in an era of markets', on Thursday 15 May 2014
  • Dr Simon Glendinning (London School of Economics), 'Cosmopolitan Animals', on Thursday 20 March 2014, 5.30-7.30 pm


  • Dr Rupert Read (University of East Anglia), 'Guardians for Future Generations: A way to care adequately for the future', on Tuesday 7 May 2013
  • Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (University of Lancaster), 'The Erotic and the Subjective: phenomenology and lovemaking in a 12th c Indian text', on Tuesday 23 April 2013
  • Dr Havi Carel (University of Bristol) 'Illness as Transformation', on Wednesday 27 February 2013
  • Prof Tony Coady (University of Melbourne and Oxford) 'Civility and Deep Disagreement: Philosophical Reflections on the Proper Role for Religion in the Public Life of Liberal Democracies', on Wednesday 5 December 2012



  • Dr Stella Sandford ‘Beauvoir’s Philosophical Legacy’, on 9 February 2011
  • Prof Lorraine Code ‘Manufactured Uncertainty: Epistemologies of mastery and the ecological imaginary’, on 2 February 2011
  • Prof John Hyman 'The Tree of Knowledge’ on 1 December 2010


  • Prof Mark Addis ‘Cognition, Culture and Religion’, on 27 January, 2010
  • Prof James Williams ‘Contemporary art, philosophy and war: Hirschhorn, Deleuze and Badiou’, on 26 Nov 2009
  • Prof Morwenna Griffiths ‘Epistemology of the unique and the particular: Auto/biographical research and policy’, on 11 Nov 2009
  • Prof Susan Mendus ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Politicians’ on 7 October 2009


  • Professor Joanna Hodge ‘Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Kant and Derrida’, on 11 March 2009
  • Professor Gary Browning ‘Iris Murdoch; The Public and the Personal: Morality, politics and liberalism’, on 18 February 2009
  • Professor Jennifer Saul ‘Is Lying Worse than Merely Misleading?’, on 10 December 2008
  • Dr Miranda Fricker ‘Can Institutions have Virtues?’, on 9 October 2008


  • Dr Stephen Law 'God and the Problem of Evil', on 2 April 2008
  • Prof Kimberley Hutchings 'Global Ethics', on 13 Feb 2008
  • Prof Richard Sorabji 'The Development of the Idea of Conscience', on 5 Dec 2007


  • Prof Rosi Braidotti ‘Feminist Materialism Revisited’, on 17 May 2007
  • Prof Kathleen Lennon ‘Transexuality, body modification and ‘real genders’’, on 2 May 2007


  • Prof Ted Honderich ‘Right and Wrong, and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7…’, on 10 May, 2006
  • Kenan Malik ‘The Trouble with Multi-Culturalism’, on 24 May 2006


  • Prof David Archard ‘The Moral and political Status of Children’, on 13 April 2005


  • Prof Hans-Johann Glock ‘Animal Thoughts’, on 26 November 2003

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