Reminder: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War (Conference)

Early Bird registration is still available (until May 15th) for the first Heritage in War conference, which is on the theme of:

Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War

The aim of the conference is to begin to develop a robust account of the status of heritage in war by exploring philosophical work on such matters as incommensurability and incomparability, the nature and status of cultural heritage, risk imposition, and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged or destroyed heritage.

  • Homerton College, University of Cambridge
  • 18th to 19th September, 2019
  • Keynote speakers: Simon Blackburn, Ruth Chang, Victor Tadros

For more information about the conference, including registration and the latest news on the wider project, visit the project website.

The philosophy in Frankenstein (talk in Belfast, March 28 2019)

Alex Barber gave a talk on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as part of the Belfast Imagine festival on March 28th. In it, he talked about the surprising presence within Mary Shelley’s famous and much-loved novel of her mother and father – the philosophers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.

Wollstonecraft, who was called ‘a hyena in petticoats’ and a ‘philosophizing serpent’ (and worse) by male critics, is best known today for her revolutionary manifesto, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. She died ten days after giving birth to Mary Shelley but, as Alex explained in his talk, her ideas live on in the words of her daughter’s extraordinary novel.

Music and Philosophy conference, 11th-12th July 2019

The 7th biennial conference of the Music and Philosophy Study Group with take place in King’s College, London. The OU’s Derek Matravers is on the programme committee. The keynote speakers are:

Professor Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati)
Professor Alexander García Düttmann (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
Professor Julian Johnson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

A full draft programme, and registration details, are available via the conference site.

Mark Pinder and Jon Pike at the Philosophy Research Seminar

In March’s research seminar, Mark Pinder raised some objections to recent work by Jon Pike and Sean Cordell on issues about cheating in sport, to which Jon offered some rebuttals. They were asking how one should go about defending a theory of cheating in sport. Do you have to analyse the concept of cheating, or should you engineer it?

Registration open for first Heritage in War conference

Registration for the first Heritage in War conference, Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War, is now open!

The conference takes place in Cambridge, 18-19 September 2019. Its aim is to begin to develop a robust account of the status of heritage in war by exploring philosophical work on such matters as incommensurability and incomparability, the nature and status of cultural heritage, risk imposition, and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged or destroyed heritage.

More information about the conference can be found here, and you can register for the conference here.