New Appointment: Dr Andrew Cooper, Assistant Professor
Dr Andrew Cooper has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Before coming to Warwick, Andrew held Postdoctoral Fellowships at UCL, Durham and Bonn, and received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He was a visiting scholar at UC San Diego in 2018, and will be visiting the University of Chicago in 2019. Andrew works on Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy, with two main areas of research: (1) Aesthetics, including Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger; and (2) Philosophy of Nature, including Kant, Kielmeyer, Goethe and Schelling. He is interested in the insights that the history of philosophy brings to contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of science.
Andrew is currently on Research Leave, working on a Leverhulme-funded project called 'The Road Not Taken: Kant and Organised Systems'. This project investigates the philosophical implications of recent work in the biology of developmental systems by examining its historical roots in 18th and 19th century thought.
The Aristotelian Society Autumn Term Lecture Series: Guest Speaker - Professor Fabienne Peter on 29 October 2018
Professor Fabienne Peter will be the Guest Speaker at the next meeting of The Aristotelian Society, which takes place on Monday 29 October 2018, 1730-1915. Her subject will be 'Normative Facts and Reason'. All are welcome.
The Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC13 7HU.
EU-Funded Project: Making Sense of Commitment led by Dr John Michael - Update
The Sense of Commitment: An Integrative Framework for Modelling the Sense of Commitment project, which has received a grant from the EU's European Research Council (ERC), is led by Dr John Michael. His project team are investigating how we assess our own levels of commitment and those of others, and their work is seeking to fill the scientific knowledge gap through research that could impact on a significantly wide range of disciplines, including how robots interact with humans. It might also hold promise for improved treatment of borderline personality disorder.
'This kind of research will help keep the EU at the forefront of innovation in robotics but also productivity - maintaining motivation in companies - and health' says John Michael. Please see here for the full update: https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/stories/making-sense-commitment
J.L. Austin: A Return to Common Sense - by Guy Longworth
This article features in the latest TLS Online as part of the Footnotes to Plato series. Guy Longworth assessess John Langshaw Austin (1911-1960) and his view that philosophers fail to understand everyday speech.
Warwick in London - Philosophy Taster Course: Thursday 25 - Friday 26 October 2018
Warwick in London have organised a two-day Philosophy Taster Course, taking place on Thursday 25 - Friday 26 October 2018, at the Warwick in London HQ, Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG.
The programme offers an opportunity to experience what it is like to study Philosophy at University-level, and will analyse and reflect on fundamental questions arising from philosophical issues and texts. It will also provide hands-on instruction by members of the Philosophy Department to encourage and advance the critical and analytical skills of the participants.
The course is aimed at individuals who are 16 years old and over, and who are undertaking or have previously completed A Levels or equivalent (Key Stage 5). There are no subject criteria, but curiosity about Philosophy and a desire to learn and contribute to study and discussion in this area is essential. The course may also be of interest to students considering studying Philosophy as a Single Honours or Joint Honours degree. Please see link here for further information.