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.
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 96% for the Philosophy course at Warwick.
We have also seen significant increases in other key categories, including
- teaching on my course – 100% of our finalists agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (up 9 percentage points)
- assessment and feedback – 88% agreed that they have received helpful feedback on their work (up 14 percentage points)
- academic support – 96% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (up 9 percentage points)
- student voice – 79% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course (up 9 percentage points)
We very much look forward to continuing working with our current undergraduate students and to welcoming our new students in 2018/19 into the Philosophy community at Warwick.
Many congratulations to the winners of the Philosophy and Literature Essay Prize 2017. They are:
Lydia Norris (Joint First Prize of £200) and Jim Russell (Joint First Prize of £200).
Andrew Dobson (Runner-Up Prize of £125).
Lydia graduates this summer in Philosophy (BA (Hons) 2018); Jim is now pursuing his PhD research on 'The Self and Narrative', co-supervised by Eileen John (Philosophy) and Thomas Docherty (English and Comparative Literary Studies). Andrew is embarking on further study with an MA course at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Read the award-winning essays here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/undergraduate/essay-competition-copy
Dr John Michael, of The University of Warwick and Central European University (Budapest), has played a key mentoring role in the early career success of Robert Bing, who is a student at Lynbrook High School in Lynbrook, New York, USA. Robert Bing has just had an article published which consolidates his recent research, supported by Dr Michael, into the design of robots.