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Professor Kimberley Brownlee Will Deliver the 2019 Julius Stone Address at Sydney Law School, Australia

Professor Kimberley Brownlee will deliver the prestigious Julius Stone Address 2019 at the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, on Tuesday 13 August 2019. Her Address is entitled 'Punishment and Precious Emotions: A Defence of a Hope Standard for Punishment'.

The Julius Stone Address, inaugurated in 2000, is an annual lecture given by a leading international scholar of jurisprudence and held at the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, which was opened in 1999 in recognition of the achievements of Julius Stone, who was Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law at the University of Sydney between 1942 and 1972.

The Address is attended by judges, academics, leading members of the legal profession and the wider community. Further information here:

Mon 12 Aug 2019, 15:14 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page External Lecture

New Appointment - Dr Lucy Campbell

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lucy Campbell has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy. Lucy will take up her new role from 1 September 2019. Lucy is currently already with the Philosophy Department, on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, which she will retain.

Lucy completed her PhD at Cambridge University in 2015, and has previously held teaching positions at Oxford (2017-18) and in Edinburgh (2015-16). She also completed an Analysis Studentship, also based in Oxford (2016-17).

Lucy's research interests are in philosophy of mind and action, in epistemology and - especially - in the intersection of these areas. She is currently developing her research on action-theory, particularly in relation to Elizabeth Anscombe.

Wed 31 Jul 2019, 14:30 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page Staff

New Appointment - Professor Sameer Bajaj

We are delighted to announce that Sameer Bajaj has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and will take up his post in September 2019. Sameer received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arizona and his JD in Law from Columbia University Law School. He was previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, USA. Sameer's main research interests lie in political and moral philosophy. He is currently undertaking research into why and how citizens of large, pluralistic democracies ought to participate in politics. He is also working on a project that examines how the demands of achieving collective ends distribute among individuals. Sameer's work has been published widely, including in Philosophical Studies and in Politics, and Philosophy and Economics. This autumn, Sameer will be teaching a new module on Democracy and Political Authority.

Tue 23 Jul 2019, 13:21 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page External

Teaching Excellence Awards for Philosophy Department

Dr David Woods, Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy Department, has received a commendation in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence 2019 (WATE).

Chris Noonan, a postgraduate student in the Department, is a winner in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates Who Teach category (WATE PGR).

Many congratulations to both David and Chris from all our students and colleagues for their well-deserved accolades, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to teaching in the Philosophy Department over the past year.

Wed 26 Jun 2019, 13:13 | Tags: socialsciences, Home Page, Postgraduate

Philosophy Department Undergraduate Essay Competition 2019 - 'Philosophy in the Wild'


The winners of this year's undergraduate Philosophy in the Wild' essay competition are Maya Kokerov (winner), Euan McGinty (runner up) and Neville Birdi (runner up). The judges were impressed by the quality of all the essays submitted, and the choice was a difficult one. However, the essays produced by Maya, Euan and Neville were selected for the way they imaginatively interpreted the brief, and how all three pieces of work demonstrated the importance and value of philosophy in the world today. The winners were awarded vouchers worth £100 (first prize) and £50 (runners up) respectively.

Maya (first prize), applied metaphysical ideas on personhood to the contemporary issue of social media: "I was interested in tackling the common idea that the internet is solely used to express superficial aspects of our lives - but it is possible to use social media smartly if we think about it in philosophical terms".

Euan channelled his interest in the Philosophy of Language to explore the way certain words and terms can influence our perception of the world, relating particularly to environmentalism. He focused on John Baird Callicott's discussion about the historical baggage associated with the term 'wilderness'. Says Euan: "my aim was to apply some of the knowledge I've gained from studying philosophy and put it in the context of issues that concern me".

Neville's inspiration came directly from Professor Kimberley Brownlee's lectures on Ideas of Freedom, and particularly 'freedom of thought' and 'freedom of expression'. Writing the essay allowed Neville to draw links between the philosophical theory and the real world: "everyone now knows we live in a 'post-truth' and 'fake news' age, so when better to discuss the value of thought, expression, and the press?" he says.

Congratulations to all three winners on their achievement from everyone in the Department!

Fri 07 Jun 2019, 13:17 | Tags: socialsciences, Home Page

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