Staff Promotion


Many congratulations to Dr Sonia Roca Reyes on her promotion to Senior Lecturer.

European Training Network grant


Prof. Crispin Wright has been awarded a major European Training Network grant in conjunction with the Universities of Barcelona, Stockholm, Munich, Edinburgh, Neuchâtel and the École Normale Supérieure.  This will involve training and workshops for PhD students in conjunction with non-academic partners.  The project focuses on explaining the lack of convergence in philosophy and investigating whether the dynamics of the philosophical debate, despite the subject’s highly theoretical nature, bear important and instructive resemblances to the dynamics of debates about more practical matters and their political and socio-economical antecedents.

MAP Chapter


Stirling's MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) chapter was inaugurated on 17 April 2015 with a guest lecture by Prof. Christine Battersby (University of Warwick), entitled 'Philosophy, Feminism and the Female Self'.  The event was co-sponsored by the Philosophy Society and the Division of Law and Philosophy.  Congratulations to the MAP committee (Eduarda Fernandes Dias, Giulia Carones, Jessica Bernard, Marlene Sammito, Matilde Liberti and Natalie Craw) for a very successful and extremely well-attended launch.

New Staff


We are delighted to announce two new appointments:

Prof. Crispin Wright (formerly Regius Professor of Philosophy at Aberdeen) joined Stirling this spring as professor of philosophical research.  Prof. Wright is one of the world's leading philosophers; his work includes significant contributions in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language and of mathematics, including work on Wittgenstein and on Frege.  Prof. Wright will work in Stirling for one semester each year, spending the other semester at New York University.

Dr Jesse Tomalty (currently postdoctoral prize research fellow at NuffieldCollege, Oxford) will join Stirling philosophy in autumn 2015, as a lecturer in moral, legal and political philosophy.  Dr Tomalty works on the nature of human rights and the relationship between human rights and poverty; we are delighted to welcome her to Stirling.  

Research Grant Success


Dr Sonia Roca Royes has been awarded a Leadership Research Fellowship for 2015, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to develop her theory of the epistemology of modality.

Dr Rowan Cruft has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for 2016 to write a monograph on rights, roles and the individual, focusing on how different rights are grounded in how they serve their holders or the wider public good.

Prof. Mike Wheeler has been awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as a member of a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary team investigating the nature and implications of historical expressions of the notion of distributed cognition from classical antiquity to modernism; see  The 39-month project (2014-18) involves the National Museums of Scotland as a project partner. 

Staff Move


Many congratulations to Dr Zoe Drayson, who will leave Stirling to take up a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of California, Davis from Autumn 2015.

Weekend Away


The Philosophy Society's weekend away was held in Comrie, Perthshire on 27-29 March, with attendance from undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.  Many thanks to Matilde Liberti, Francesco Tonci Ottieri, Cory Stone, Melissa Walker, Peter Milne and Paul Conlan for their talks, and to all for a very enjoyable event.

Good Practice Scheme for Women in Philosophy


The Philosophy subdivision adopted the BPA/SWIP good practice scheme for women in philosophy in December 2014. 

Abune Scholarship


Congratulations to Heather Duncan, the first recipient of the Abune scholarship.  Many thanks to Jock Scott for supporting his old university by creating this award for Stirling philosophy undergraduates.

National Student Survey


Stirling's undergraduate philosophy programme was ranked joint first in the UK, with 100% 'overall satisfaction' in the 2014 National Student Survey.

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