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We were never supposed to see our own faces this much

With increased use of front-facing cameras, mirrors and Zoom calls, we’re being faced with our own reflections more than ever before.

Is it heightening our preoccupation with the way we look?

Warwick’s Professor Heather Widdows (Philosophy) spoke to Dazed Digital about how our sense of self has changed in recent years

Mon 25 Sep 2023, 13:32 | Tags: Home Page Research Staff

Warwick Philosophy ranked 4th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2024

Warwick Philosophy has been ranked 4th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2024.

The league table is made up of eight indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, and degree completion rates.

We are delighted with the result, which reflects consistent high rankings in the National Student Survey (NSS) and strong graduate prospects.

Find out more here.

Fri 15 Sep 2023, 17:53 | Tags: Undergraduate

Dr Andrew Cooper is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2023

Dr Andrew Cooper has been named a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2023. Each year a select group of ten early career researchers from across the UK are chosen by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 to become a New Generation Thinker. This prestigious NGT status will provide Dr Cooper with a unique opportunity to make radio broadcasts for the BBC, and disseminate his research on German philosopher Amalia Holst to a wider audience. Dr Cooper will also benefit from training and development provided by the AHRC. For further details about the scheme see here:


Thu 06 Apr 2023, 15:36 | Tags: impact, Home Page

Dr Karen Simecek Wins An Excellence in Impact with a Third Sector Organisation Award

Dr Karen Simecek has won the Award for Excellence in Impact with a Third Sector Organisation at the Social Science Impact Celebration event that took placed on 27 March 2023. This was in recognition of her ongoing work with national charity Poet in the City.

Dr Simecek's research has achieved transformational impact on national charity, Poet in the City’s work with communities by embedding an ethical framework (in the form of a poetic manifesto) into the development and launch of their Newcastle Poetry Exchange Hub. This has provided Poet in the City with a model that will shape the development of future Poetry Exchange Hubs up and down the country. Katie Matthews (interim CEO, Poet in the City) commented: “The poetic manifesto has become an important, practical tool in developing and delivering PinC projects, highlighting key principles and considerations when writing poetry with and for different communities. Used alongside our Theory of Change, the manifesto helps to ensure we genuinely centre the voices of the communities we work with and capture their stories authentically and sensitively.”

Wed 29 Mar 2023, 14:54 | Tags: impact

Professor Diarmuid Costello Awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2023-4)

Professor Diarmuid Costello has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2023-4) to work on his next book project, a collection of essays provisionally titled Spurs to Thought: Philosophical Engagements with Contemporary Art.

Professor Costello says: "The goal of this research is two-fold: to demonstrate the remarkable capacity of selected works of contemporary art to function as spurs to philosophical reflection, if approached in the right spirit; and, in so doing, to establish the value of what I call “philosophical criticism” as an alternative to currently dominant methodologies in the philosophy of art, whether analytic or continental. The project brings this method to bear on the kind of contemporary works that often elicit hostility or confusion, so as to make clear the challenge that such works may implicitly pose to our unreflective understanding of normative concepts we make use of every day".

Professor Costello's previous, recently completed monograph, Aesthetics after Modernism will appear in 2024 with Oxford University Press (NYC) in Noël Carroll and Jesse Prinz’s ‘Thinking Art’ series.

"Aesthetics after Modernism argues for the ongoing relevance of aesthetics to appreciating art after modernism. It aims to show that even the hardest of “hard cases” remain amenable to aesthetic analysis on an adequate conception of the latter. The book traces the contrary view of much recent art criticism and theory to Clement Greenberg’s success in recruiting Kant’s aesthetics to underwrite a formalist conception of aesthetic value. This has led later theorists to miss the resources in the third Critique for understanding our cognitive relation to the kinds of art in which they are interested. It is widely assumed that Kant’s aesthetics cannot speak to the semantic dimension of art; I provide an interpretation of Kant’s theory of art, taking Conceptual Art as my test case, that suggests otherwise. If it can be shown that Kant’s aesthetics can accommodate the appreciation of art with no sensible features, then it should in principle be able to accommodate any kind of art".

Thu 23 Mar 2023, 14:26 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

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