The Heritage in War blog has its first posts!

Heritage in War is an AHRC-funded project, co-directed by Derek Matravers and Helen Frowe, combining aesthetics, value theory and the ethics of war. The project’s blog now has its first two posts!

You can find out more about the project here.

Recent doctoral student Jon Phelan awarded book contract by Routledge

Former doctoral student Jon Phelan has accepted an offer to publish a research monograph based on his PhD thesis, under the working title ‘Reading Between the Lines: Investigating the Cognitive Value of Literary Fiction’, with Routledge in their Literature and Education series.

Jon argues, following his PhD thesis with the Open University, that one gains cognitively through an engagement with the literary work’s literary devices (metaphor, irony, ambiguity). This is often missed in the debate, which tends to focus on the fictional status of literary fiction. The reviews of the book proposal said that ‘the book is original’ and ‘promises to reinvigorate a central debate’…’it has significant interdisciplinary appeal’. Jon notes that he is indebted to Professor Derek Matravers and Professor Sophie Grace Chappell for their continued encouragement with the project, to the commissioning editor Ms. Emilie Coin, and to the series editors Dr. David Aldridge and Dr. Andrew Green from Brunel University, London.

Sophie Grace Chappell interview

3am magazine is a free-to-access site with a constant stream of excellent essays on culture, particularly written culture, including philosophy. It also has an interview with Sophie Grace Chappell  called Glory, beauty, epiphany, imagination: how to do moral philosophy. As well as finding out more about her many highly distinctive takes on philosophy…

‘The phenomenon that I call glory is, roughly speaking, what you get when someone scores a brilliant goal in front of a packed stadium. When I wrote “Glory as an ethical idea” it was because I was struck by the centrality of glory in this sense to our society. But though it is sociologically so central for us, it’s not even on the map for us philosophically.’

…you can learn how she ended up at the Open University and why she values it as an institution.

Another PhD success!

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!

Professor Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick) at the Philosophy Research Seminar

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.

Philosophy Research Seminar Programme: Spring/Summer 2019

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 10th 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.