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Firat Akova Awarded a Place on the Early Career Conference Programme, GPI, University of Oxford

Firat Akova, who is studying for a PhD in Philosophy, has been awarded a place on the prestigious Early Career Conference Programme (ECCP) at the Global Priorities Institute (GPI) at the University of Oxford (8 June - 3 July 2020). On this programme, each participant is required to select and focus on a particular research project of fundamental importance to the question of how to do good effectively. The culmination of the ECCP is a conference, at which Programme participants present their project and its findings. The Global Priorities Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre, and conducts foundational research into doing good, using multiple disciplines - especially philosophy and economics - to achieve an effectiveness-based approach to global prioritisation.

Thu 20 Feb 2020, 11:46 | Tags: Home Page, Research

Philosophical Criticism and Contemporary Art: A One Day Conference at the Institute of Philosophy, 28 March 2020

This one day conference, co-organised by Diarmuid Costello with Jason Gaiger (University of Oxford), is a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, and the London Aesthetics Forum.

The conference will bring together leading philosophers of art and art theorists to focus in depth on major works of twenty-first century contemporary art. The aim is not to motivate general philosophical claims about the nature of contemporary art but rather to examine a single work or a short run of works by a particular artist and to consider this in light of the broader issues of philosophical interest that it might be thought to raise. The day aims to demonstrate that close attention to an individual work of art can be both critically and philosophically illuminating, and that this provides one model for substantive work in aesthetics, work that is not only philosophically serious but critically and historically sensitive.

The conference takes place at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, and is supported by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics. Attendance is free but registration is required:

Mon 10 Feb 2020, 16:06 | Tags: Aesthetics after Photography Home Page Conference

Keith Ansell-Pearson on 'Time and the Emotions'

Keith Ansell-Pearson will be speaking about Henri Bergson on Time and the Emotions at the 'Time and Timelessness' event taking place in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, between 19-23 February 2020. Other speakers include Andrew Marr, A.C. Grayling and Blake Morrison, who will explore the many aspects of TIME. There will also be works of art on the theme by Sarah Lucas, Grenville Davey, Lol Sargent, David Baldry, and others.

'Time and Timelessness' is part of the Alive in the Universe initiative, launched by curator and art dealer Caroline Wiseman in 2018 at the London Art Fair, and it is the current overarching theme of the year-long programme of activities taking place at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout. Admired by many as a 'tiny art temple by the sea' the Lookout has hosted an impressive and diverse mix of international artists, musicians, writers, philosophers and scientists for residencies and new work, inspired by their experiences of Aldeburgh and the surrounding area.

Wed 22 Jan 2020, 16:31 | Tags: Home Page

Kavka Prize 2020: Patrick Tomlin 'On Limited Aggregation'

Patrick Tomlin has been awarded an 'Honourable Mention' for his essay On Limited Aggregation in this year's prestigious Gregory Kavka/University of California, Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy, announced in December 2019 by the American Philosophical Asociation.

Patrick Tomlin's paper, first published in Philosophy and Public Affairs in 2017, advances some new, and fatal objections against the popular view of Limited Aggregation, and argues that the Limited Aggregation view has less real world relevance than its proponents claim, in particular regarding health care distribution.

The Gregory Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy is awarded every other year in odd years to the author of a paper in a refereed journal, an original book chapter or an original essay published in a collection with multiple contributors, from any area of political philosophy and political theory.

Wed 15 Jan 2020, 12:21 | Tags: Home Page

New Appointment - Dr Massimiliano Lacertosa

We are delighted to announce that Dr Massimiliano Lacertosa has joined the Philosophy Department as a Teaching Fellow. Massimiliano (Max) joins the Department from SOAS, University of London, and specialises in Chinese philosophy. He also has wide interests that span ethics, continental philosophy, art, history, archaeology, photography, aesthetics and visual design. Max will be teaching modules in Chinese and comparative philosophy, and will develop our teaching programme in these areas.

Thu 09 Jan 2020, 13:03 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page Staff

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