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Philosophy PhD Research Day 2017 in Cambridge

OU Philosophy has a strong and lively group of PhD students who—despite being scattered over a number of countries—come together whenever they can to present their work in progress to each other and to Philosophy staff. In early June we met at Darwin College, Cambridge, to hear papers and exchange ideas on research topics including “Logical atomism in Plato and Wittgenstein”, “Body enhancement and the essence of sport”, “What we learn from literature”, “Beauty in musical aesthetics“, and “Emotion in art”. Even though we met on one of the hottest days in the year—which is why we are meeting behind drawn curtains!—discussions were very lively and convivial, and continued in the pub afterwards until late in the evening. We wish all the best to the three PhD students who will have had their vivas by the time we meet again. (SGC)

PhD Research Day at Darwin College, Cambridge.


OU Philosophy Research Conference 2017

The OU Philosophy’s Annual Research Conference took place at Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, on 4–5 May 2017. All academic staff members presented papers on their current research. The programme can be viewed here.

Top left to bottom right: Sean Cordell, Sophie-Grace Chappell, Manuel Dries, Derek Matravers, Alex Barber, Carolyn Price, Cristina Chimisso, and Jon Pike.

Emotion Researcher

Carolyn Price has recently become co-editor of Emotion Researcher, the newsletter of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE). Carolyn will be working with Eric Walle, Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. As well as featuring ISRE news, Emotion Researcher has developed as an online sourcebook for research on emotion and affect. Contributions so far have spanned a wide range of disciplines, including (among others) psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, sociology, ethnomusicology, law and business studies.  Under the guidance of its founding editor Andrea Scarantino  each issue has included a ‘spotlight’ article, written by a new researcher alongside an interview with a well-known figure in emotion research: interviewees have included Paul Ekman, Joe Ledoux, Nico Frijda and Martha Nussbaum. In addition, each issue has included a cross-disciplinary symposium on a key issue in emotion research: topics have included specific emotions, such as love and guilt, as well as more general issues, such as the emotional brain,  emotional intelligence’ and, most recently emotion and politics. Carolyn and Eric intend to build on this excellent legacy: their first issue, planned for this summer, will focus on empathy.

Carolyn Price will be speaking at two upcoming events. The first is a conference titled Negative Emotions’ The Good the Bad and the Ugly at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences in Geneva on May 30th and 31st. Carolyn will give a talk on regret. She will be speaking again at a workshop on regret at University College Dublin on June 8th and 9th.

Tongji University, Shanghai — Nietzsche Seminar with Manuel Dries

Dr Manuel Dries is currently a Visiting Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai. The Shanghai Nietzsche Colloquium at Tongji University will devote two sessions to his paper ‘Memento Mori, Memento Vivere: Nietzsche on History, Embodiment, and Value in his Untimely Mediation II.’

Access the announcement in English and Chinese is available here. Download as PDF here: 尼采讨论班·Shanghai Nietzsche Colloquium.

School of Humanities
Department of Philosophy & Academy of European Cultures
Tongji University
1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092

Date and time:
Session 1: 30 March 2017, 4-6 pm
Session 2: 06 April 2017, 4-6 pm

Yuntong Lou 221

The event is hosted by Professor Sun Zhouxing, Professor Zhao Qianfan, and Dr Helmut Heit.

Leverhulme Research Fellowship for Sophie Grace Chappell

OU Philosophy is pleased to announce that Sophie Grace Chappell has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2017-2020, £142,000). She will use this to write her new book, provisionally entitled Epiphanies: an ethics and metaethics of experience. 

More details of the project can be found on Professor Chappell’s department webpage.

Call for Papers — Owning our Emotions

Call for Papers

International conference on

Owning our Emotions — Emotions, Authenticity, and the Self

Senate House, London
21-22 September 2016


The conference is organised by The Reasons and Norms Research Group, Department of Philosophy, The Open University, with the support of The Mind Association and The Institute of Philosophy