Conference: Early Women Philosophers in London, 27 Jan 2023

27 January 2023, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Recent years has seen significant work on women philosophers who contributed to the early development of analytic philosophy. A number of these philosophers were – in part because of limited opportunities in established centres such as Oxford and Cambridge – associated with Bedford College in London. At Bedford, Susan Stebbing became the first woman to hold a Chair in Philosophy in the UK. Stebbing also founded the journal Analysis with her colleague Margaret MacDonald. Other Bedford philosopher included Ruby Meager and Ruth Lydia Saw, both founder members of the British Society of Aesthetics. In this conference we aim to celebrate the work of these pioneering women philosophers of Bedford College.

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Siobhan Chapman (Liverpool) 
Sophia Connell (Birkbeck) 
Stacie Friend (Birkbeck)
Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester)


10:00                Welcome – Coffee and tea available

10:15 – 11:45    Siobhan Chapman (Liverpool) – A Modern Introduction to Logic and Stebbing’s correspondence with Moore

11:45 – 13:15  Sophia Connell (Birkbeck) – Sophie Bryant: The University of London’s first female philosopher.

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch (catered)

14:30 – 16:00 Stacie Friend (Birkbeck) – Founding Women in 20th-Century Aesthetics

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 18:00 Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester) – Constance Jones’ sense-reference distinction