Monthly Archives: December 2016

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.

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Metaphysics Day

OU Philosophy welcomed guest speaker Phillip Meadows from the United Arab Emirates University to a one-off Metaphysics Day on November 30 2016. He talked about the puzzle of absences, which seem to be both vital to causal explanations (‘It happened because there were no electron’) and yet incapable of causing anything (‘How can absent electrons, or absent anything elses for that matter, have causal properties?’)

OU philosophers rounded out the day with contributions on the metaphysics of sports (Jon Pike), moral refutations of metaphysics (Alex Barber) and the objectivity of ordinary life (Sophie Grace Chappell).