Chris Yorke successfully defended his PhD, ‘Bernard Suits’ Utopia of Gameplay: A Critical Analysis’ in front of a formidable examination committee. From the left there is Jon Pike (supervisor), Chris, Professor Mike McNamee (Swansea), and Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University). Congratulations to Chris, and we look forward to seeing more of it in print!
In December’s Philosophy Research Seminar, Professor Christoph Hoerl from the University of Warwick came to speak to us about regret. The title of his talk was “No regrets. They don’t work… Suppose it’s just a point of view”. Audio from the talk can be found below.
I am happy to announce the programme for our Philosophy Research Seminar, for Spring/Summer 2019.
Wednesday 9th January: Megan Blomfield (University of Sheffield)
Wednesday 6th February: Laura Gow (University of Liverpool)
Wednesday 6th March: Josh Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol)
Wednesday 3rd April: Alfred Archer (Tilburg University)
Wednesday 1st May: Paulina Sliwa (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday 5th June: Antonia Peacocke (New York University)
Wednesday 3rd July: Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham)
All of the seminars take place in the Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes. If you would like to attend, please contact Mark Pinder.
Read what happens when two philosophers disagree on something, set out their stalls, and talk to each other. Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University) exchanged thoughts with Holly Lawford-Smith (University of Melbourne) on transgender women, transgender activism, and gender-critical feminism.
The resulting dialogue is on Aeon.
In November’s Philosophy Research Seminar, Dr Ori Beck from the University of Cambridge came to speak to us about Two Conceptions of Phenomenology. Audio from the talk can be found below.
Congratulations go to our doctoral candidate Sarah Pawlett-Jackson (supervised by Sophie-Grace Chappell and Manuel Dries), who has published her article “Gestalt structures in multi-person intersubjectivity” in Synthese.
In the article, Sarah argues that there are gestalt principles underlying intersubjective interactions. Framed from the first-person perspective: I am able to recognise intersubjective interactions between multiple others who are not me. Sarah goes on to explore the consequences of these claims for the second-person standpoint.
The Department spent the 18th and 19th of October, in the inspiring surroundings of Chicheley Hall, reading and discussing research papers.
Congratulations to doctoral student Christopher Yorke, who submitted his dissertation on the work of the philosopher Bernard Suits at the end of September. He will also be presenting a paper on Suits to the Atlantic Region Philosophers Association conference hosted by St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. His title: ‘A Suitsian Critique of Pike’s Account of Sport’ (that is to say, Jon Pike).
Our very own Sophie-Grace Chappell has published a letter in The Herald giving a trenchant response to an earlier article by Stuart Waiton that complained of ‘the state pushing a harmful transgender agenda’. You can read her letter at https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16956659.letters-were-transgender-because-thats-the-way-we-are-made/.