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Official Launch of the New Research Centre for Post-Kantian European Philosophy

The launch of the new Research Centre for Post-Kantian European Philosophy took place on Tuesday 15 October 2019, with an inaugural seminar led by Guest Speaker, Simon Critchley (Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research) on the concept of Tragedy.

In his talk, deriving from his new publication, Tragedy, the Greeks and Us, Professor Critchley explored the nature and experience of Tragedy, both in terms of what it meant to the Greeks, and what it might mean for us today. The seminar concluded with his reply to two responses to the book by Andrew Cooper (Philosophy, Warwick) and David Fearn (Classics, Warwick).

A recording of Simon Critchley in conversation with Keith Ansell-Pearson, Director, and Daniele Lorenzini, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy, can be accessed on the Research Centre's new pages here:

Wed 16 Oct 2019, 16:30 | Tags: Home Page, Postgraduate

Forthcoming Talks by Philosophy Department Staff

Guy Longworth will give a talk on 'Unsettling Questions' at the University of Southampton Research Seminar on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Daniele Lorenzini is speaking on 'Living Philosophically: Cavell, Hadot, Foucault' at the Nova Institute of Philosophy in Lisbon on Thursday 17 October 2019:

Tue 15 Oct 2019, 10:10 | Tags: Home Page

Launch of New Research Centre

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the establishment of a new research centre, the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy. The new Centre aims to provide a unique forum for discussion and research in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, including interdisciplinary research with scholars across the humanities and social sciences.It will organise regular seminars, workshops and conferences to promote scholarly and innovative work in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy and provide a stimulating research environment for MA and PhD students and for Faculty.

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 14:51 | Tags: socialsciences, Home Page, Postgraduate, Research, PKEP

New Publication: 'Conspiracy Theories' by Quassim Cassam (Polity Books, 2019)


In his new publication, Quassim Cassam investigates the origins and purpose of conspiracy theories. Why are conspiracy theories so different from ordinary theories about conspiracies? Why are they so prevalent in our own turbulent times? What dangers do they pose for us as a society - and why we ignore them at our peril - undermining as they do our established intellectual and political frameworks. In four focused chapters, Quassim Cassam explores the reasons why conspiracy theories originate, their appeal in a world of media deluge and instant news feeds, and the role they serve as insidious forms of propaganda, harnessed to promote specific political agendas. He concludes with some pertinent observations about how we - both as a society and as individuals - should respond, if we are to create an effective means of defence to counteract them.

Published by Polity Books as part of their Think Series.

Thu 19 Sep 2019, 10:12 | Tags: Home Page

Vice Epistemology: Recent Contributions by Quassim Cassam - 15-17 April 2020


A forthcoming workshop to be held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, between 15-17 April 2020 will focus exclusively on the philosophical work of Quassim Cassam, and in particular the nature of intellectual vices explored by him in his recent publication Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political (2019), which investigates intellectual vices that block the way of self-knowledge, responsible belief formation or enquiry.

Philosophers who are interested in Quassim Cassam's work are invited to submit proposals for evaluation on topics relating to Vice Epistemology, Self and Self-Knowledge, Perception, Neo-Kantian Epistemology, Conspiracy Theories and the Philosophy of Terrorism. Submissions should be no longer than 15 pages (about 5000 words) and should represent a 40-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Extended abstracts of about 2000 words will also be accepted for review. Deadline is 23 January 2020.

The workshop is sponsored by the SEFA (Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy) and funded by the Spanish Research Agency through the research grant Intellectual Autonomy in Environments of Epistemic Dependence. See here for further information:;ccb335a.1909

Wed 11 Sep 2019, 14:51 | Tags: Home Page

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