Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy

Advisory board


  • Director: Fraser MacBride (Manchester)
  • Sean Crawford (Manchester)
  • Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester)
  • Gary Kemp (Glasgow)
  • Adam Rieger (Glasgow)
  • Graham Stevens (Manchester)
  • Thomas Uebel (Manchester)
  • Alan Weir (Glasgow)

PhD student members

  • Nathan Kirkwood (Glasgow)
  • Justin Mullins (Manchester)

Affiliated members

  • Derek Ball (St. Andrews)
  • Paul Gregory (Washington & Lee)
  • Gerry Hough (Aberdeen)
  • Bryan Pickel (Edinburgh)


  • Milan Soutor (Charles University, Prague)
  • Leonardo Soutello (Campinas, Brazil)

We welcome visitors to the Forum working in any area of the history of analytic philosophy


  • To promote informed and thoughtful attitudes towards the recent history of analytic philosophy, and to correct misconceptions about our own recent history.
  • To extend the project of historical investigation of analytic philosophy to our more recent past.
  • To enable constructive dialogue between researchers working on contemporary themes in analytic philosophy and those working in the history of analytic philosophy.
  • To encourage original, new work in analytic philosophy which is well-informed about our historical context and engages in detailed investigations, interpretations, and evaluations of the great analytic philosophers, both famous and unjustly neglected, of recent history.
  • To encourage historical-philosophical work on analytic philosophers belonging to marginalised groups.

Prospective PhD students

We are very interested in hearing from prospective postgraduate students wanting to pursue PhDs on the history of analytic philosophy. Several of our members are interested in taking on PhD students working on themes from Quine, Russell, Wittgenstein, Frege, Moore, Whitehead, Stebbing, Barcan Marcus, or the history of analytic philosophy more generally.

We already have Nathan Kirkwood (funded by the AHRC/SGSAH) working on a PhD on Quine's naturalism at Glasgow, and Justin Mullins (funded by the Monist Scholarship in the History of Analytic Philosophy) working on a PhD on Quine and philosophy of mathematics at Manchester.

For further information or to apply, please contact Fraser MacBride (


  • Quine ed. G. Kemp, special issue of The Monist, April 2017. 
  • Quine and His Place in History, ed. F. Janssen-Lauret and G. Kemp, Palgrave 2015.


We host an annual Quine conference, held in either Glasgow or Manchester, as well as smaller one-day events.

Quine and Naturalism (Manchester, 6-8 March 2017)

Speakers: Timothy Williamson (Oxford), Mary Leng (York), Peter Hylton (Illinois-Chicago), Stefanie Rocknack (Hartwick), Paul Gregory (Washington & Lee), Layla Raid (Picardie Jules Verne), Marianna Antonutti Marfori (Paris), Graham Stevens (Manchester), Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester), Gary Kemp (Glasgow), Nathan Kirkwood (Glasgow), Thomas Uebel (Manchester).

Funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

Quine: Structure and Understanding (Glasgow, 15-16 December 2015)

Speakers: N. Salmon (UCSB), A. Betti (Amsterdam), J. Collins (East Anglia), J. Divers (Leeds), J. Peregrin (Prague, Hradec Králové), G. Frost-Arnold (Hobart-W. Smith), P. Gregory (Washington & Lee), R. Sinclair (Tokyo), J. Pearson (Bridgewater), F. Janssen-Lauret (Nottingham), G. Kemp (Glasgow).

Funded by the Mind Association, the Scots Philosophical Association, and the Aristotelian Society

Quine and His Place in History (Glasgow, 16-18 December 2014)

Speakers: P. Hylton (Illinois-Chicago), G. Ebbs (Indiana), J. Heal (Cambridge), Y. Ben-Menahem (Jerusalem), R. Sinclair (Tokyo), D. Quine (W.V. Quine Literary Estate), A. Lodge (Old Dominion), A.Weir (Glasgow), F. MacBride (Glasgow), G. Kemp (Glasgow), F. Janssen-Lauret (Campinas).

Funded by the Mind Association and the Scots Philosophical Association.

Quine, Science, and Ontology (Glasgow, 25 June 2014)

Speakers: B. Pickel (Edinburgh), D. Ball (St Andrews), A. Rieger (Glasgow), A. Weir (Glasgow), G. Kemp (Glasgow), F. Janssen-Lauret (Campinas).

For further information please contact Fraser MacBride (