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Programme of Events 2020-21


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Thu 8 Oct, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: John Hyman (UCL)

Title: 'Knowledge and Belief'

Tue 13 Oct, '20
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CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Wed 14 Oct, '20
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Biopolitics Reading Group II
Webinar

Introduction: Biopolitics After Foucault

Led by Daniele Lorenzini

Thu 15 Oct, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Eva Rafetseder (Stirling)

Title: TBC

Wed 21 Oct, '20
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Biopolitics Reading Group II
Webinar

Biopolitics and the Corona Virus: Tim Christiaens (Ku Leuven)

Thu 22 Oct, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Simon Wimmer (TU Dortmund)

Title: 'Lessons from Ryle?'

Fri 23 Oct, '20
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Postgraduate Professional Development Workshop
By Zoom

Programme

2.00 – 2.30 Literature search skills and tools (Kate Courage, Academic Support Librarian)

2.30 – 3.00 Planning your MA (Johannes Roessler)

3.15 – 3.45 Planning your PhD/MPhil (Johannes Roessler)

3.45 – 4.15 Applying for PhD programmes and scholarships (Peter Poellner)

The first session is for everyone, the second session is for MA students only, the third session for PhD and MPhil students only, the fourth session is for anyone who is contemplating a scholarship application (not just MA students but also, potentially, first-year MPhil or PhD students).

 Later in the term there will be another meeting specifically on writing essays and theses. Please contact Johannes Roessler for further information.

Tue 27 Oct, '20
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CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Wed 28 Oct, '20
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Michael Hardimon (UC, San Diego)

Title: 'How to Disentangle Race and Racism'

Thu 29 Oct, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Eylem Õzaltun (Koç University)

Title: 'What is the Moral of Davidson's Carbon Copier? Towards an Anscombean Account of Practical Knowledge'

Fri 30 Oct, '20
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Evolutionary Pragmatics Forum
By Zoom

‘Pragmatics-First’ Approaches to Animal Communication and the Evolution of Language

Dorit Bar-On, University of Connecticut;

Director, Expression, Communication, and Origins of MeaningResearch Group (ECOM)

Recent discussions of animal communication and the evolution of language have advocated a ‘pragmatics-first’ approach to the subject. Seyfarth & Cheney (2017), for example, propose that “animal communication constitutes a rich pragmatic system” and that “the ubiquity of pragmatics, … suggest[s] that, as language evolved, semantics and syntax were built upon a foundation of sophisticated pragmatic inference”. I begin by distinguishing two different notions of pragmatics advocates of the ‘pragmatics-first’ approach have implicitly relied on (cf. Bar-On and Moore, 2018). On the first, Carnapian notion, pragmatic phenomena are those that involve context-dependent determination of the content or significance of an utterance or signal. On the second, Gricean notion, pragmatic phenomena involve reliance on speakers’ communicative intentions and their decipherment by their hearers. I use the distinction, first, to evaluate a recent formal linguistic analysis of monkey calls, due to Schlenker et al. (e.g. 2014, 2016a,b), which explains the derivation of call meanings through a form of pragmatic enrichment. And, second, I use the distinction to motivate the need for an ‘intermediary pragmatics’ that, I argue, applies only to a subset of animal communicative behaviors, and would allow us to reconceive the significance of animal communication for our understanding of the evolution of language.

Please contact Richard Moore for further information.

Wed 4 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Society: Festival of Philosophy 2020
MS Teams

Guest Speakers: Benjamin Ferguson (Warwick) and Simon May (KCL)

Title: 'On Love'

Wed 4 Nov, '20
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Biopolitics Reading Group II
Webinar

Death in Biopolitics: Ege Selin Islekel (Fordham University)

Thu 5 Nov, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Paul Silva (University of Cologne)

Title: 'Knowledge, Belief, and the Possession of Reasons'

Thu 5 Nov, '20
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Art and Mind Reading Group
MS Teams

Subject: Music

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information.

Thu 12 Nov, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Alan Millar

Title: TBC

Sat 14 Nov, '20
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A Day of Philosophy Talks for Naomi Eilan
By Zoom

Programme

10.00am - Welcome

10.10am-11.10am - Quassim Cassam (Warwick): 'Extremism: A Philosophical Analysis'

11.10-11.20 - Break

11.20-12.20 - Bill Brewer (KCL): 'The Metaphysics of Perception and the Place of Consciousness in the Natural World'

12.20-12.30 - Break

12.30-1.30 - Adrian Moore (Oxford) 'The Possibility of Absolute Representations'

1.30-2.30 - LUNCH

2.30-3.30 - Matthew Soteriou (KCL): 'The First Person Perspective'

3.30-3.40 - Break

3.40-4.40 - M.G.F Martin (Oxford/Berkeley): Title TBC

Please contact Maria Corrado for further information.

Tue 17 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Society: Festival of Philosophy 2020
MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Tom Sorrell

Title: 'The Ethics of COVID-19 Surveillance'

Wed 18 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Anton Ford (Chicago)

Title: 'The Objectification of Agency'

Thu 19 Nov, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Rachel Dudley (CEU)

Title; TBC

Thu 19 Nov, '20
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Art and Mind Reading Group
MS Teams

Subject: Contemporary Visual Art

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information.

Mon 23 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Society: Festival of Philosophy 2020
MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Miguel de Beistegui (Warwick)

Title: 'Stupidity and Racism'

Tue 24 Nov, '20
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CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Wed 25 Nov, '20
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Biopolitics Reading Group II
Webinar

Biopolitics and the Changing Use of Statistics: Laurence Barry (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Thu 26 Nov, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Johannes Roessler (Warwick)

Title: 'Knowledge and Reflection'

Thu 26 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Society: Festival of Philosophy 2020
MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Angie Hobbs (Sheffield)

Title: 'Is Ancient Greek Philosophy Any Use in a Pandemic'

Wed 2 Dec, '20
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Miriam Schoenfield (Austin, Texas)

Title: 'Deferring and Doubt'

Thu 3 Dec, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Leda Berio (HHU, Düsseldorf)

Title: TBC

Thu 3 Dec, '20
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Art and Mind Reading Group
MS Teams

Subject: Literature

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information.

Tue 8 Dec, '20
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CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis