Monthly Archives: April 2019

A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

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
  1. Transcendental Idealism: Kant / John J. Callanan
  2. Theory of Science: Fichte, Schelling / Gabriel Gottlieb
  3. Absolute Idealism: Hegel / Sebastian Stein
  4. The World as Will and Representation: Schopenhauer / Mary S. Troxell
  5. Historicizing Naturalism: Mill, Comte / Christopher Macleod
  6. The Single Individual is Higher than the Universal: Kierkegaard / Karl Aho and C. Stephen Evans
  7. The Rise of Liberal Utilitarianism: Bentham, Mill / Piers Norris Turner
  8. Critique of Religion: Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx / Todd Gooch
  9. Historical Materialism: Marx / Jan Kandiyali
  10. Philosophy and Historical Meaning: Schleiermacher, Dilthey / Benjamin D. Crowe
  11. Late Utilitarian Moral Theory and Its Development: Sidgwick, Moore / Anthony Skelton
  12. American Pragmatism: From Peirce to James / Douglas McDermid
  13. The Value of Our Values: Nietzsche / Andrew Huddleston
  14. British Idealism: Green, Bradley, McTaggart / James Connolly and Giuseppina D’Oro
  15. Neo-Kantianism: Marburg, Southwest School / Evan Clarke
  16. The Origins of Phenomenology in Austro-German Philosophy: Brentano, Husserl / Guillaume Fréchette
  17. New Logic and the Seeds of Analytical Philosophy: Boole, Frege / Kevin C. Klement
  18. Time, Memory and Creativity: Bergson / Michael Kelly

Reminder: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War (Conference)

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.

The philosophy in Frankenstein (talk in Belfast, March 28 2019)

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.

Music and Philosophy conference, 11th-12th July 2019

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.