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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.

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!

Research Conference

The Department spent the 18th and 19th of October, in the inspiring surroundings of Chicheley Hall, reading and discussing research papers.

OU student begins a PhD at the Royal College of Art

David Johnson, who did his MA with us, has received funding to do his PhD at the Royal College of Art. He will be working on his dissertation, ‘Blind Aesthetics-Memory, Materiality and the Tactility of the Senses’. In the project he will test the idea that blindness can provide radical new insights into our understanding of the world and that the plastic arts can be a powerful way for blind people to express these insights. David is himself blind.

Many congratulations to David!

John Shand on Martha Nussbaum

John Shand, a long-standing tutor and research associate of the department, has published a review of Martha Nussbaum’s new book, The Monarchy of Fear in the Times Higher Education Supplement. The review is available here.

To read it, you have to register with the THES, but doing that does not commit you to anything.

Ex-OU student success!

Henry Pollock, who did his MA with the OU (2013-2015), and who then went on to do his PhD in Leeds, has had his first paper published. It is called ‘Parfit’s Fission Dilemma: Why Relation R Doesn’t Matter’ and is now open access in Theoria.

Click here to find the paper.

Congratulations to Henry!