About the Society

The British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP), launched in 1984, is a registered charity, which exists to promote and foster all aspects of the study and teaching of the history of philosophy.

The constitution of the society is available to download here

Aims of the Society

The specific aims of the BSHP include:

  • the provision of a forum for communicating research.
  • collating information, disseminating news and exchanging ideas through a programme of conferences and meetings, an electronic newsletter, and a quarterly journal.
  • cooperation with historians of science, politics, theology, law, literature and other kindred studies, and with historians of philosophy from overseas, on matters of common interest.
  • the reappraisal of all aspects of the ‘received tradition’, exploring new approaches to the subject and new or neglected aspects of it.
  • the raising of historiographical questions, including questions about the history of the teaching of philosophy and about the teaching of its history.
  • the study of the relation of philosophy to its past, exploring the insights to be derived from both analytic and historical approaches, and raising the awareness of continuing developments in the history of philosophy among philosophers and historians and more generally among students of the humanities and sciences.

Recent Society News

Member awarded JHP Best Article Prize

The Journal of the History of Philosophy has announced that Clare Carlisle, BSHP member, is the winner of its best article prize for Volume 55.

New Scholarly Activity Grants

We have a new type of grant available to cover costs of scholarly activity.

Graduate Essay Prize, Deadline 31 December

The Graduate Essay Prize has been announced for 2017

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