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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

'Emily Dickinson and Pivoting Thought' by Professor Eileen John Features in 'Women in the History of Philosophy' Open Access Focus by the Oxford University Press

As part of Oxford UP's focus in March on 'Women in the History of Philosophy'Link opens in a new window, Eileen John's paper on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, 'Dickinson and Pivoting Thought', in The Poetry of Emily Dickinson (ed. Elisabeth Camp), has been made available for open access this month. How does Dickinson's poetry address our limitations and ambitions as knowers? E.g., what do you make of ... 'I found the words to every thought / I ever had - but One - ' (Fr 436, J 581; 1862)?

Dickinson and Pivoting Thought, Eileen John | The Poetry of Emily Dickinson | Oxford Academic ( opens in a new window.

Thu 16 Mar 2023, 14:04 | Tags: impact, Home Page

Launch of the IAA Project Report on 'Co-Creational Media', Co-Authored by Professor Fabienne Peter

Professor Fabienne Peter, together with co-author Jonathan Heawood, have officially launched the report of their project, ‘Co-Creational Media: Committing to Truth and Public Participation’. The report assesses the ethical and practical implications of a new form of participatory journalism, produced not only for, but with communities. The full report can be viewed on the Public Interest News Foundation website. See here:

The project was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award from The University of Warwick.

Wed 15 Mar 2023, 12:53 | Tags: impact, Home Page

New Publication by Dr David James: Property and its Forms in Classical German Philosophy, published by Cambridge University Press (2023)

In this new monograph, Dr David James explores the theories of property developed by four key philosophers in the German philosophical tradition: Kant, Fichte, Hegel and Marx. While these philosophers advance different theories of the nature of property and the rights that follow from it, all of them acknowledge the importance of social recognition for the question of what specific forms of property should exist in a society that is genuinely committed to the idea of freedom.

The theme of property and ownership is closely linked to many divisive social and political issues of today. In this book, Dr James analyses the nature and meaning of property and arguments for specific forms of property in such a way as to demonstrate their continuing relevance.


Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10:19 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

Professor Fabienne Peter Discusses Philosopher John Rawls on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time'

Professor Fabienne Peter was a guest on a recent edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’, hosted by Melvyn Bragg. In this programme (broadcast 19/1/2023), Professor Peter and other expert speakers discuss the American philosopher John Rawls, and explore his Theory of Justice. Listen on BBC Sounds:

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Rawls' Theory of Justice

Tue 24 Jan 2023, 13:54 | Tags: impact, Home Page

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