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Annual Conference

BPPA Annual Conference 2023 – ‘Practical Philosophy’

With the generous support of:

The British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) is glad to announce that our CFA for the 2023 Annual Conference is now closed, and that registration for the conference and the Annual Masterclass is now open . The theme of the Conference and the Masterclass is somewhat open, exploring all topics within the branch of practical philosophy, including (but not limited to): political philosophy, feminist philosophy, social epistemology, environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, philosophy of law, philosophy of public policy, and so on. For practical information about the conference, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. 


The conference is scheduled to take place from the 13th to the 14th of October, at the University of York. The conference will also include the Annual Careers Workshops. In addition to this, we will organise the Annual Masterclass, a half-day event, as a part of our conference. The Masterclass is an opportunity for postgraduate students to learn about a certain topic from some of the world-leading senior experts on that topic. Speakers for the conference and Masterclass include 

  • Professor David Owens (KCL)

  • Dr Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott (York)

  • Dr Graham Bex-Priestley (Leeds)

  • Dr Megan Blomfield (Sheffield)

  • Dr Lukas Meier (Cambridge)

  • Professor Gregory Currie​ (York)



For the programme of the Annual Masterclass, taking place immediately after the conference, please go here. Note that Room 1 refers to room K159, King's Manor, U. of York; and Room 2 refers to K157 , King's Manor, U. of York.

Friday 13th October: 

  • 10.00-10.10: Conference Welcome

  • 10.10-10.45:

    • Room 1: Tristan Katz (Sheffield): From Conservation to 'Compassionate Management'

  • 10.45-11.20:​

    • Room 1: ​I Xuan Chong (St Andrews): Practical Truth and the Unity of Virtues in Aristotle

    • Room 2: Rory Aird (Glasgow): From the Evaluative to the Prescriptive: A Unified Framework of Objecting Through Telic Virtue Epistemology

  • 11.20-11.55: ​

    • Room 1: Julius Geissler (Oxford): Conceptual Rationality, Skillful Performance, and the Good Life in the Zhuāngzǐ 莊子​

    • Room 2: Lucija Duda (Manchester): Adversarial philosophical discussions and structural injustice

  • 11.55-12.00: Break ​

  • 12.00-13.00:

    • Room 1: Keynote lecture by Dr Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott (York): Cultural Appropriation and Group Ownership Claims

  • 13.00-13.15:

    • Room 1: Address by Diverse Reading List initiative

  • 13.15-14.15: Lunch break

  • 14.15-14.50: 

    • Room 1: Chiara Zucchelli (KCL): Toward A Radically Relational Account Of Autonomy

    • Room 2: George Surtees (Sheffield): Why is Testimonial Injustice in Friendship Especially Bad?

  • 14.50-15.25:​

    • Room 1: Tommaso Soriani (Reading): With A Little Help From My Friends: Towards A Pluralist Solution To The Personite Problem​

    • Room 2: Nirali Patel (Leeds): A Non-Deceptive Humble Liar

  • 15.25-15.30: Break​

  • 15.30-16.30: 

    • Room 1: Keynote lecture by Dr Megan Blomfield​ (Sheffield): Institutional testimonial injustice and asylum claims

Saturday 14th October:

  • 09.30-10.30: 

    • Room 1: Keynote lecture by Dr Lukas J Meier (Cambridge): COVID-Triage: Uncovering the Ethical Principles behind the Criteria

  • 10.30-11.10:

    • Room 1: Workshop on Academic Publishing, by Professor Gregory Currie

  • 11.10-11.45: 

    • Room 1: Jack Idris Sagar (Bristol): Mentalisation, Affect and Democratic Possibility​

    • Room 2: Kristoffer Moody and Makan Nojoumian (Edinburgh): The Functional Role of Blame: Indirect Cultivation of Moral Agency

  • 11.45-11.55: Break​

  • 11.55-12.30:

    • Room 1: Jake Matthew Parkins (Newcastle): Jacques Ranciѐre and Social Research: The Limits of Indisciplinarity?​

    • Room 2: Ben Campion (Warwick): Collaboration and Epistemic Trust in Photography

  • 12.30-13.05: ​

    • Room 1: B.V.E. Hyde (Durham): Rethinking Conflicts of Interest​

    • Room 2: Lewis Williams (Oxford): Beyond Normativity

  • 13.05-14.05: Lunch break​

  • 14.05-14.40: 

    • Room 1: Liam Livesley (Southampton): Justice as a Constraint on Ameliorative Conceptual Engineering

    • Room 2: Pyro Suarez (Bristol): The Standpoint Challenge for Robust Moral Realism


There is a small registration fee of £15, which will help us cover the costs of the conference. Those wishing to attend online can also do it, with a reduced fee of £10. Registration is free for all members of the BPPA; you can check how to become a member here. Moreover, there will be a conference dinner on the 13th October; an extra charge of £8 is required for those wishing to attend, regardless of their status as members. To complete the registration, please pay the registration fee using the link below and complete the following form:

For in-person attendance:                          For online attendance:                                     For the conference dinner:




We would like to thank the Royal Institute of Philosophy for the generous funding, and the Department of Philosophy at the University of York for their support and collaboration. In particular, we would like to thank Isobel Standen for her invaluable help.

Practical information

Venue: The conference will take place at King's Manor, University of York. King's Manor is a beautiful Grade I-building dating back to at least the 15th century, and located at the very centre of the city. The full address is: Lecture Theatre K159, Exhibition Square,  YO1 7EP, York. 

Online attendance: Participants that registered for online attendance will receive a Zoom link on the eve of the conference starting day.

Accommodation: Affordable hotels in the city centre include: Travelodge York Central, Holiday Inn York City Centre, Premier Inn York Central, and others. 

Meals: Lunch is not provided, but snacks, coffee and tea will be served during the breaks. 

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