Registration for the New Orleans Heritage in War conference is now open! Early bird registration is available until the 1st of February. After that the registration fee will increase by an additional £15.
- Laurie Rush (Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist stationed at Fort Drum)
- Rob Hopkins (NYU, Philosophy)
- Nancy Sherman (Georgetown, Philosophy)
The AHRC-funded Heritage in War Project, led by Helen Frowe and Derek Matravers, explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and how to deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields, including (but not limited to) philosophy, international law, heritage studies, archaeology, and the military, to explore issues connected to the protection of heritage in war and conflict.
For more information about the conference, including schedule, registration, and contact information, see https://www.heritageinwar.com/conference-heritage-in-war
Alex Barber has just published an article in the Journal of Ethics in which he defines the notion of dishonesty, argues that it is a more useful notion than lying, and applies these findings to some real-world cases in law and political journalism.
The article is currently available through an OPEN ACCESS agreement. You can download it from the journal website:
Lying, Misleading, and Dishonesty
or go straight to the pdf.
Peter Cave, one of our long-standing philosophy tutors, has just written a book of popular philosophy:
The Myths We Live By: Adventures in Free Speech and Other Liberal Adventures
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.