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Philosophy Reading Groups 2020/21

Hegel Reading Group

We are a group dedicated to collectively reading the core works of the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (1770 – 1831). Our goal is to facilitate a better understanding of the often-difficult contents of Hegel’s texts and to provide a forum for meaningful engagement between his thought and contemporary questions. Although we are primarily made up of postgraduate students working on Hegel, we happily welcome non-philosophers and beginners in Hegel’s philosophy to join us at any point.

This time we will be working on the 'Teleology' Section of Hegel's Doctrine of Concept in his Science of Logic. Please have a copy of the book with you for the session. We will mainly use the Di Giovanni translation, but there are usually no problems if people bring other translations (Miller, etc.).

Time and location: Every week (from 21 September 2020 to 14 December 2020) on Monday from 14:00-15:30, online via Zoom

Contact: Mert Yirmibes



Art and Mind: Reading Group

Our group aims to explore connections between philosophy of mind and aesthetics, trying to cast light on our understanding, perception and reception of art. Each meeting is going to focus on a different form of art (music, contemporary visual art and literature). One of our members will give a brief introduction (5/10 minutes) about the reading and artistic materials picked for the discussion.

We welcome interested Undergraduates as well as other Postgraduates and PhD students that want to share some thoughts and expand their readings on art and mind. We also look forward to proposals for further readings and artistic examples

The materials will be philosophical papers/book chapters linked to artistic pieces (music recordings or link to them, pictures, videos, literary pieces, etc.) distributed through our mailing list.

Time and location: Term 1 will be held online via MS Teams, during weeks 5, 7 & 9.

Contact: Giulia Lorenzi to receive further information, be added to the mailing list and get the link to participate.


Nietzsche Reading Group

The aim of this reading group is to gather a number of MA and Ph.D. students around Nietzsche's texts. Each week somebody will select and briefly present (510mins) a number of passages, aphorism and/or themes from Nietzsche's oeuvre. The group intends to read, interpret, question and, in general, think with and through Nietzsche's philosophy in a collaborative and cooperative spirit, inspired by Nietzsche's own exhortation:

"philology itself is never so easily over and done with anything whatsoever; it teaches to read well, which means to read slowly, deeply, backward and forward with care and respect, with reservations, with doors left open, with delicate fingers and eyes . . . My patient friends, this book desires for itself only consummate readers and philologists: learn to read me well!" (D Preface §5)

Everyone welcome!!!

Time and location: Term 2 - Thursdays from 14:00-16:00 in TBC

Contact: Lorenzo Serini

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'Philosophy in a Time of Crisis' Public Lecture by Professor Etienne Balibar: 'Circulation and Hospitality as Fundamental Rights'

Location: Room S0.21, Social Sciences Building

A migrants and refugees in increasing numbers are subjected to extreme violence in their attempts at crossing borders to reach a more liveable place, a fundamental reflection is needed to update the concepts which frame mankind's treatment of its own mobility. This includes a critical return on the question of the "law of population" of capitalism, but also a jurisdicial elaboration of the rights of circulation and hospitality which articulate territory, citizenship, and community. At stake, ultimately, is a political transformation of the world into a place where everyone can live a decent life.

Etienne Balibar is Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is an internationally recognised political philosopher and critical thinker, a leading voice in the Marxist tradition, and the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marx and co-author of Race, Nation and Class and Reading Capital. In these, any many other seminal works, he has addressed fundamental questions such as racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence, identity and emancipation.

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Starting a Reading Group

If you wish to start a reading group, please complete this form. If you need help booking a room please email