Anyone who knows him through his teaching or his other books will know that it contains plenty to disagree with, and plenty of imaginative (in the best sense) arguments to make doing so tricky.
3rd Call for Abstracts: Heritage in War
18th-19th of March 2020
Loyola University, New Orleans
This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields, such as philosophy, international law, heritage studies, archaeology, and the military, to explore issues connected to the protection of heritage in war and conflict. Both normative and empirical papers are welcome.
Extended abstracts of no more than 1500 words, to form the basis of a thirty-minute presentation, should be submitted to email@example.com no later than the 1st of September 2019.
More information about the conference can be found here: https://www.heritageinwar.com/conference-heritage-in-war
The Aesthetic Mind: Second Conference
Fiction and Cognition
Derek Matravers and seven others will be giving talks. Derek’s paper is called ‘Fiction, internal inconsistency, and belief’. Click on the link above or the image for information.
John Shand, a long-standing OU Tutor and Associate Lecture, has edited A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, which has just been published as part of the prestigious (not to say incredibly useful) Blackwell’s Companions series.
Contents below. Follow the link to the publisher’s site for more information.
- Introduction / John Shand
- Transcendental Idealism: Kant / John J. Callanan
- Theory of Science: Fichte, Schelling / Gabriel Gottlieb
- Absolute Idealism: Hegel / Sebastian Stein
- The World as Will and Representation: Schopenhauer / Mary S. Troxell
- Historicizing Naturalism: Mill, Comte / Christopher Macleod
- The Single Individual is Higher than the Universal: Kierkegaard / Karl Aho and C. Stephen Evans
- The Rise of Liberal Utilitarianism: Bentham, Mill / Piers Norris Turner
- Critique of Religion: Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx / Todd Gooch
- Historical Materialism: Marx / Jan Kandiyali
- Philosophy and Historical Meaning: Schleiermacher, Dilthey / Benjamin D. Crowe
- Late Utilitarian Moral Theory and Its Development: Sidgwick, Moore / Anthony Skelton
- American Pragmatism: From Peirce to James / Douglas McDermid
- The Value of Our Values: Nietzsche / Andrew Huddleston
- British Idealism: Green, Bradley, McTaggart / James Connolly and Giuseppina D’Oro
- Neo-Kantianism: Marburg, Southwest School / Evan Clarke
- The Origins of Phenomenology in Austro-German Philosophy: Brentano, Husserl / Guillaume Fréchette
- New Logic and the Seeds of Analytical Philosophy: Boole, Frege / Kevin C. Klement
- Time, Memory and Creativity: Bergson / Michael Kelly
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.
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.
A full draft programme, and registration details, are available via the conference site.
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.
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.
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).