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.
Professor Derek Matravers has been shortlisted for a 2019 OU Research Excellence Award, under the category of Outstanding Research Project.
The project in question is the AHRC-funded Heritage in War, led by Derek and Helen Frowe (Stockholm). The project explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. Whilst some work has been done on these topics by people working in cognate areas, few philosophers have directly engaged with these sorts of questions.
Please keep your fingers crossed for Derek on Wednesday 23rd October, when the winners are announced.
Final call for registrations for Cultural Heritage and Ethics of War Conference:
Registrations close Monday 2nd September 2019
The conference will take place at Homerton College, Cambridge, 18–19 September 2019.
- Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
- Ruth Chang (Oxford)
- Victor Tadros (Warwick)
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 deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. Whilst some work has been done on these topics by people working in cognate areas, few philosophers have directly engaged with these sorts of questions. The aim of this 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.
Wednesday 18th September
09.30 – 10.45: Ruth Chang (Oxford)
– Keynote: How Does Cultural Heritage Matter?
10.45 – 11.05: Coffee
11.05 – 12.05: Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre University)
– Objects and Symbols. How Should We Respect Architectural Property?
12.15 – 13.15: Erin L. Thompson (CUNY)
– Return to the Scene of the Crime: Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Determinations of Safe Return
13.15 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.15: David Garrard (Oxford Brookes)
– How to Feel About the Fall of Carthage: Cultural Devastation in Retrospect
15.15 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.00: Victor Tadros (Warwick)
– Keynote: Cultural Destruction and Reconstruction
17.00 – 18.00: Drinks reception
Thursday 19th September
09.30 – 10.30: Rasa Davidaviciute (St. Andrews)
– Cultural Heritage, Genocide and Agency
10.30 – 10.50: Coffee
10.50 – 11.50: Samuel Bruce and Lucie Fusade (Oxford)
– When Should Post-Conflict Damage to Historic Buildings be Preserved?
12.00 – 13.15: Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
– Keynote: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombed
13.15 – 14.00: Lunch
Organised as part of the AHRC Heritage in War Project.
For more information about the project and other related events, please see:
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
We are happy to announce the programme for the Department of Philosophy’s Values and Reason Research Seminar Series, for the academic year 2019/20.
Thursday 3rd October 2019: Carolyn Price (The Open University)
Wednesday 6th November 2019: Natalia Waights Hickman (University of Oxford)
Wednesday 4th December 2019: Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire)
Wednesday 8th January 2020: Giuseppina D’Oro (Keele University)
Wednesday 5th February 2020: Solveig Aasen (University of Oslo)
Wednesday 4th March 2020: Anil Gomes (University of Oxford)
Wednesday 1st April 2020: Josh Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol)
Wednesday 6th May 2020: Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham)
Wednesday 3rd June 2020: Michael Frazer (University of East Anglia)
All of the seminars take place in the Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes, 2pm-4pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Mark Pinder.
In June’s Philosophy Research Seminar, Dr Antonia Peacocke from New York University spoke to us about how literature expands the imagination.
According to Dr Peacocke, poetic devices in literature can direct your attention to previously unnoticed phenomenal properties of your own experiences. allowing you to conceptualize those previously unnoticed properties. One upshot is that literature can help you form new phenomenal concepts to expand the range of your active phenomenal imagination.
Dr Susanne Mathies, who recently passed her PhD viva at the Open University, has published “The Simulated Self – Fiction Reading and Narrative Identity” in Philosophia. The article develops a new model of fiction reading, built on two assumptions: that human beings are entangled in stories, and that emotions are complex and have a narrative structure.
The article is open access, and can be read here.
Susanne was supervised by Dr Carolyn Price and Professor Derek Matravers.
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.