Goldsmiths University of London Philosophy
The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (CPCT) was established in May 2015 as a research centre based in Sociology and run jointly with the Centre for Cultural Studies. Its Co-Directors are Alberto Toscano (Sociology) and Julia Ng (CCS). CPCT has an academic membership and advisory board drawn from various departments across the college, and an international roster of external affiliates (see People).
As the flagship for a distinctively Goldsmiths’ orientation towards philosophy, CPCT aims to intervene in and contribute to the changing landscape of philosophical research in the United Kingdom. Over the past decade, Goldsmiths has been a very active presence in London’s philosophical scene, receiving such distinguished guests as Judith Butler, Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Rancière, and hosting conferences and seminars that have played an important role in shaping debates on contemporary materialism and critical theory many of them under the auspices of the graduate student-led InC (Research Group in Continental Philosophy), which has played a critical role in fostering a philosophical community at Goldsmiths.
Many of our master’s and doctoral students have produced dissertations of great philosophical sophistication, with many of the PhDs being awarded in philosophy by the University of London. CPCT exists to provide an institutional identity and common platform to further the important work that faculty and students have played and continue to play in advancing philosophical inquiry and defining its future horizons.
About the Centre
CPCT is constituted as a centre open to the rigorous philosophical work being done in disciplines outside of academic philosophy. It regards philosophy as a plural and critical activity that engages with the arts and practice-based approaches, and which also strives to analyse and articulate historical and political events. In this regard, CPCT is also envisaged as a response to the paradoxical conjuncture in which critical philosophy finds itself today: widely read across the arts and sciences, called upon to engage in public and political debate, yet taught in relative isolation from other disciplinary domains.