Annual Conference

BSHP Antognazza Lecture

The BSHP Antognazza Lecture (formally the Annual Lecture), features an accessible paper from a distinguished speaker in the history of philosophy. It is normally held in the autumn at a UK university. Attendance is free, and everyone is welcome.

The lecture is name in memory of Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964-2023)

BSHP Antognazza Lecture 2023

'Thinking With Rosa: Assent in the Islamic World' with Prof Peter Adamson

The BSHP's Annual Lecture, renamed the Antognazza Lecture in memory of Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964-2023), will take place on Thursday 23rd November at 7 p.m. in the Edmund J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus.

"Inspired by Maria Rosa Antognazza's formidable final work of philosophy, Thinking with Assent: Renewing a Traditional Account of Knowledge and Belief, this talk will explore her idea that knowledge and belief are very different kinds of 'assent'. Antognazza argues that, until very recently in the history of philosophy, knowledge was sharply contrasted with belief. For her, the modern-day attempt to understand it as a type of belief is a philosophical wrong turn. This lecture will approach these same ideas, but in a context not covered in her otherwise historically comprehensive book: the Islamic world. Here we find further confirmation of Antognazza's historical thesis in the form of a widely-accepted theory centred on the concept of “assent” (taṣdīq).This theory began in the Arabic tradition with al-Fārābī and was further developed by Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna), but as we will see, gave rise to problems and objections - albeit without ever questioning the basic idea that it is assent, and not belief, that is the most fundamental notion for logic and epistemology."

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Past Antognazza Lectures

2022: Professor Clare Carlisle, King's College London, “Thought and Feeling: George Eliot and the Expansion of Philosophy” Click here to listen to recording

2021: Professor James A. Harris, “How to write a history of philosophy? The case of 18th-century Britain”, Newnham College, Cambridge.

2020: Prof. Jan Westerhoff, "For your eyes only: the Problem on Solipsism in Ancient Indian Philosophy", delivered online Click here to watch a recording.

2019: Prof. MM McCabe, "Taking time to talk: Plato's Euthydemus on the metaphysics of conversation", University of Aberdeen

2018: Prof. Sarah Hutton, "Women, Philosophy, and the History of Philosophy", Maison Francaise d'Oxford

2017: Prof. John Cottingham, "Why the History of Philosophy Matters", King’s College London