KCL Graduate Conference: Perspectives on Infinity

May 12, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Department of Philosophy, King's College London

King's College London, Strand
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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We are pleased to announce our call for abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on Infinity which will be taking place at King’s College London on the 12th and 13th of May 2023.

To study infinity is to study things which have no limit, no ends, or no bounds. Consequently, it touches the areas of study of philosophers, scientists and mathematicians in a remarkable number of ways, and often causing interesting difficulties in doing so, some of which, such as Zeno’s paradoxes of Hilbert’s hotel, have achieved great popularity. Infinity is philosophically relevant in Mathematics, with issues such as the different sizes of infinity, the topic of infinitesimals, and the problems of infinity in probabilistic mathematics.

But infinity encompasses a much wider range of philosophical issues than those present in the philosophy of mathematics. In metaphysics and the philosophy of physics, the issues both of infinite extension and infinite divisibility of space and of time have troubled thinkers for millennia. In the Philosophy of Religion, the infinity of God is a vast and ancient area of investigation. Indeed, the history of the philosophy of infinity, engaging with the long and complex evolution of this topic is itself an important area of research.

The conference aims to bring together researches working on all of these different perspectives on Infinity and more, hoping that this encounter will mutually benefit the advancements of these areas.  

Postgraduate students and early-career researchers (within one year from completion of their degree) are invited to submit abstracts (up to 500 words) and, optionally, a paper (up to 4,000 words) on the subject of the conference, both prepared for blind review. We particularly encourage submissions from groups underrepresented in Philosophy, Logic, Mathematics and Religious Studies. The proposals should be suitable for a 20-25 minute presentation. The conference is intended to be in-person. 

Please submit your abstract and, optionally, your paper, by completing the following Google form: https://forms.gle/VQqeX9Uk3tTjgfXWA. We also have three travel bursaries available of up to £100 to be awarded to student presenters at the conference, so make sure that you indicate your interest for them in the Google form if you want to be considered. The deadline for submissions is the 1st of March 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, 27 March 2023. Should you have any questions, please email the organisers, Amedeo Robiolio and Pablo Dopico, at [email protected].

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