The Royal Institute of Philosophy offers sponsorship for three kinds of conferences: departmental conferences, conferences for schools, and postgraduate conferences. The conditions of sponsorship can be found here.

Departmental Conferences

Each year the Royal Institute of Philosophy offers sponsorship of up to £5,000 for a conference hosted by a university department of philosophy.


October 19 and 20, 2018

Venues and timetable: 

Friday 19, from 13:00 to 17:00, Senate House, Mallet Street, room G

Saturday 20, from 10:00 to 16:00, Philosophy Department UCL, Seminar Room

Organized by UCL Philosophy Department (Maria J. Frapolli) and sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

Speakers (in alphabetical order):

D. Bar-On (University of Connecticut), C. Besson (University of Sussex), M. Chrisman (University of St. Andrews), M.J. Frapolli (University of Granada/UCL), H. Price (University of Cambridge), K. Sharp (University of St. Andrews), I. Stojanovic (Institute Jean Nicod, CNRS, Paris), N. Villanueva (University of Granada), J. Zalabardo (UCL)

The burst of non-descriptivist approaches to meaning and content has shaken the foundations of the philosophy of language and of mind in the last decades. Non-descriptivism, in its different brands (all varieties of hybrid expressivisms, and semantic inferentialism among them), has exposed the limits of the tradicional descriptivist paradigm and opened up new patterns of understanding the origin of meaning and the mechanisms of linguistic communication. Nevertheless, non-descriptivism is not free from difficulties. The most pressing of them concerns their compatibility with the discourses of knowledge, truth and disagreement. Debating this compatibility is the aim of this workshop.

Attendance is free, but due to space restrictions you need register at Eventbrite (

Conference Proceedings

Since 1986, the proceedings of departmental conferences have been published by arrangement with the Cambridge University Press as supplements to the Institute’s journal, Philosophy.

Past and Forthcoming Conferences:

1986 Belfast: Moral Philosophy

1987 York: Philosophy and Medical Welfare

1989 Glasgow: Explanation

1990 Lampeter: Human Beings

1991 Liverpool: Philosophy, Religion, and the Spiritual Life

1992 Birmingham: Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science

1993 Cardiff: Philosophy and the Natural Environment

1994 Bradford: Philosophy and Technology

1995 Ulster: Philosophy and Pluralism

1996 Reading: Thought and Language

1997 St Andrews: Philosophy and Public Affairs

1999 Edinburgh: Naturalism, Evolution and Mind

2000 LSE: Time, Reality and Experience

2001 Manchester: Philosophy and the Emotions

2002 Oxford: Agency and Action

2003 Durham: The Philosophy of Need

2004 Cambridge: Preferences and Well-Being

2005 Hertfordshire: Narrative and Understanding Persons

2006 Leeds: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics

2007 UCL: Kant and the Philosophy of Science Today

2008 Liverpool: Philosophy as Therapeia

2009 Edinburgh: The Metaphysics of Consciousness

2010 Oxford Brookes: Human Nature

2011 University of the West of England: Human Experience and Nature

2012 Universities of Leeds and Nottingham: Aesthetics and Science

2013 University of Glasgow: Philosophy and Museums

2014 University College Dublin: Supererogation

2015 Heythrop College: Religious Epistemology

2016 University of Exeter: Moral Enhancement

2017 University of Sheffield: Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice

2018 UCL: Expressivisms, Knowledge and Truth

2019 Trinity College Dublin: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

2020 University of Liverpool: Meaning in Life and the Knowledge of Death

Schools Conferences

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is keen to sponsor conferences for teachers and students of philosophy in schools and sixth form colleges, and we sponsor several events run by departments of philosophy in the UK.

Conferences could be aimed at teachers or at students.  While some conferences might be appropriate for both groups, we recognise that each will have its own particular needs and interests, and we will be very happy to sponsor events aimed at just one of the groups.

In line with our current policy on conferences, we would be prepared to offer up to £5,000 for a fully residential event lasting over three days.  However, we recognize that for both teachers and students in schools and colleges shorter events (within a single day, for example) might be more appropriate and easier to arrange.  For shorter events, we will be prepared to offer amounts less than £3,000 but sufficient to cover travel expenses of speakers, hire of rooms, publicity materials, and other administrative costs on receipt of relevant costings.  Food, travel and accommodation may be provided for speakers,  and tea and coffee may be provided for attendees, but not meals or travel expenses.

Funding has now been allocated for 2018, but we hope to offer another round of funding next year.

Postgraduate Conferences

The Royal Institute of Philosophy now also sponsors postgraduate conferences hosted by university departments of philosophy.  Funding decisions have been made for 2017 and 2018.  Proposals for 2019 are welcome — the deadline is 31 August.

Manchester: Personhood and Selfhood

Durham: Intentionality and Teleology