Midsummer Philosophy Workshop

18 June - 20 June 2017

The 2017 Midsummer Philosophy Workshop is a general interest philosophy conference to be held in Leeds, England from 18 June - 21 June.

Participation is by-invitation only on the basis of submitted abstracts and/or volunteering to comment or chair.

Midsummer Sunset in Chapel Allerton, Leeds (photo: Matthew Noah Smith)

The fifth annual Midsummer Philosophy Workshop will be held from June 18 - June 20, 2017 at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England.  

The Midsummer Philosophy Workshop is a two-and-a-half-day workshop consisting of formal sessions, informal discussions, and various non-philosophical activities.  We will begin on  June 18th with a gathering where we can all get to know one another.  The papers will be discussed on the June 19 and June 20.  

The Midsummer Philosophy Workshop is a general philosophy conference, with no particular philosophical theme.  We will have six sessions, with each session devoted to one paper with two commentators.  Each session will have a separate chair.  So, when we include the 3 organizers, that's 27 participants total.  We therefore invite submissions of abstracts of papers for one of the six sessions, and volunteers for commentators and chairs.

The papers are all "pre-reads." So, the papers will not be presented in whole or summary at the start of each session.  Instead we will begin with comments and then a response from the presenter, followed by at least an hour of open discussion.

Please see the call for abstracts for information about how to participate, or for more information contact the organizers, Paulina Sliwa, Matthew Smith, or Nick Treanor, at midsummerphilosophy@gmail.com.  For specific questions about Leeds, please contact Matthew Smith


We cannot offer funding to cover the cost of accommodations .  All participants are invited to a workshop dinner whose cost the organizers will cover.   

We will help to arrange childcare for participants who wish to bring their children, although it is unlikely that we can cover the costs of childcare.  


The School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds, and the Centre for Ethics and Metaethics (with special thanks to Pekka Väyrynen) have generously supported this conference.