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Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson to be a Guest on BBC Radio Four's 'In Our Time' Programme


Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson will feature in a forthcoming edition of In Our Time, to be broadcast on BBC Radio Four on Thursday 9 May 2019 at 0900. Professor Ansell-Pearson, who specialises in modern European philosophy and is the author of monographs on Bergson and Nietzsche, will discuss Bergson and the Question of Time with Melvyn Bragg and his fellow expert guests.

In Our Time is BBC Radio Four's flagship discussion programme exploring the History of Ideas, and has been presented by Melvyn Bragg since its inception in 1998. The programme's reputation and cultural impact is such that it is claimed to have "transformed the landscape for serious ideas at peak listening time".

Wed 17 April 2019, 12:14 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page External

New Publication: 'Issues in Political Theory' (Fourth Edition), Co-edited by Patrick Tomlin with Catriona McKinnon and Robert Jubb (Oxford University Press 2019)


With a focus on real-world problems and debates, Issues in Political Theory is a clear and engaging introduction to political theory and how it is applied to address a range of global challenges. Expert contributors ably introduce students to important concepts, key thinkers, and major texts in political theory, while extended case studies at the end of each chapter show how to apply theoretical ideas to real contemporary issues and debates. The text is supported by online resources (which include additional case studies intended to give students confidence in using theory to shed light on key issues) and a range of additional teaching and learning resources.

Wed 20 March 2019, 14:58 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

Professor Etienne Balibar: Public Lecture at Warwick University Now Available to View Online

The Philosophy Department welcomed Professor Etienne Balibar as its distinguished Guest Speaker on 11 February 2019, as part of the new research programme 'Philosophy in a Time of Crisis'. Professor Balibar's Public Lecture focused on 'Circulation and Hospitality as Fundamental Rights', and was recorded. It can now be viewed via the project website.

Summary Overview of Lecture:

As migrants and refugees in increasing numbers are subjected to extreme violence in their attempts at crossing borders to reach a more livable place, a fundamental reflection is needed to update the concepts which frame mankind’s treatment of its own mobility. This includes a critical return on the question of the “law of population” of capitalism, but also a juridical elaboration of the rights of circulation and hospitality which articulate territory, citizenship, and community. At stake, ultimately, is a political transformation of the world into a place where everyone can live a decent life.

Etienne Balibar is Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is an internationally recognized political philosopher and critical thinker, a leading voice in the Marxist tradition, and the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marx and co-author of Race, Nation and Class and Reading Capital. In these, and many other seminal works, Professor Balibar has addressed fundamental questions such as racism, the notion of border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable; violence, identity and emancipation.

Wed 13 March 2019, 15:20 | Tags: Home Page

Professor Quassim Cassam is the 'Unthinkable Guest' in The Irish Times (5 March 2019)


Professor Quassim Cassam features in The Irish Times of 5 March 2019, where he speaks to journalist Joe Humphreys in the 'Unthinkable Guest' interview series. Professor Cassam expands on recent examples of 'Intellectual Vice' from Brexit to the Birmingham Six, themes which are explored in his new book 'Vices of the Mind', published by Oxford University Press (2019).

See full interview here:

Thu 07 March 2019, 14:24 | Tags: Home Page

Warwick Pre-University Summer School: Tuesday 2 July - Friday 12 July 2019

The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce its participation in the Warwick Pre-University Summer School (Tuesday 2 July - Friday 12 July 2019). The Pre-University Summer School offers students an enriching opportunity to study at the University of Warwick for an exciting ten-night, fully inclusive, residential Summer School.

Philosophy is teaming up with the Departments of Law, Psychology, and Liberal Arts to offer A Taste of Social Sciences. This is a course aimed at motivated 16-18 year olds who are thinking about studying for a degree in Philosophy or other social sciences and wishing to enjoy a truly memorable summer experience:

Students will enjoy:

  • A choice of two courses taught by top Warwick faculty: 'A Taste of Social Sciences' or 'Introduction to Economics and Finance'
  • Engaging with like-minded peers from around the world
  • Outstanding guest speakers
  • Personal effectiveness training, including leadership and communications skills
  • Preparing for University in the UK
  • Living on the beautiful and self-contained Warwick campus for eight nights
  • Spending two nights in London, and a visit to the London School of Economics
  • An informative industry visit
  • Visiting the City of Oxford and an Oxford College

Click to learn more about the Warwick Pre-University Summer School and our A Taste of Social Sciences programme.

Wed 27 February 2019, 11:23 | Tags: socialsciences, Home Page, London

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