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Programme of Events 2019-20


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Thu 23 Jan, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Tue 28 Jan, '20
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CANCELLED: CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Josh Robinson (School of English, Communications, Philosophy, Cardiff)

Title: 'Crisis in Theory'

Josh Robinson teaches modern and contemporary critical theory in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. Most recently, he is author of Adorno’s Poetics of Form, which appeared last year in SUNY’s Contemporary Continental Philosophy series): https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6556-adornos-poetics-of-form.aspx

 

Crisis in Theory: Beyond the Representational Paradigm

This paper aspires to offer a critical account of a set of assumptions that are widespread in literary and critical theory, both in its historical emergence (as seen primarily through its institutional histories) and in several more recent developments (including the various ‘turns’ that arise from time to time. My focus is on what I term the representational paradigm: in its simplest and broadest formulation, the assumption, explicit or otherwise, within literary studies that works of literature matter insofar as they are representative; that what matters about literary works is their representative character.

 

This paradigm persists in multiple, not always interdependent (or even necessarily compatible) manifestations, which include: an analytical focus on events represented within works of literature (what might be called a focus on content at the expense of form); a set of analytical procedures that rely on an implicit theory of allegory whereby readings are produced that see elements of a work as representing elements outside it; attempts to reconfigure the canon and/or redesign our curricula such that the works and authors within it are more representative of global society. I outline a tentative taxonomy of these different versions of representationalism, and relate them to a set of shared democratic assumptions about political representation—assumptions which have a tendency to place themselves beyond scrutiny. I argue that while the democratic aspirations expressed at least in progressive versions of representationalism paradigm constitute a commendable alternative to the (not only cultural) conservatism of the tendencies against which they are in many respects a reaction, these underlying assumptions ultimately overlook or even limit the potential of literature’s ways of thinking to contribute to a transformation of our understanding of the political. I thus set out some of the ways in which criticism and theory might move beyond the representational paradigm.

 

Wed 29 Jan, '20
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Philosophy Question Time
S0.21

The panel includes Fabienne Peter, Sameer Bajaj, Daniele Lorenzini and Michele Giavazzi who will be discussing the following: 

• Is state authority undermined by unjust political decisions?

• When is civil disobedience justified? Is uncivil disobedience ever justified?

• Does a thin democratic majority weaken a government’s mandate?

• What are the civic duties associated with democratic citizenship?

 Come along and join the discussion and put your questions to the panel! The event will include pizza and drinks.

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Tue 4 Feb, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Nina Power (Roehampton)

Title: 'Philosophies of the Wolf: Freud and Deleuze & Guattari

Thu 6 Feb, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Thu 13 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Sat 15 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Literature and the Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century

Speakers:

Derek Attridge (English and Related Literature, York)

Esther Leslie (Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck)

Tue 18 Feb, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Simone Kotva (Cambridge)

Title: 'An Enquiry Concerning Non-Human Understanding: Philosophy, Ecstasy and Ecological Thinking'

Thu 20 Feb, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Fri 21 Feb, '20 - Sat 22 Feb, '20
10am - 6pm
CANCELLED: Resonance: A Social Theory for the Good Life

Runs from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February 22.

Speakers:

Hartmut Rosa (Sociology, Jena University/Max Weber Kolleg Erfurt)

Daniel Hartley (World Literatures, Durham)

Irina Hron (German Studies, Vienna University/Gothenburg University)

Fri 21 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Public Lecture by Hartmut Rosa
Room R113, Ramphal Building

Guest Speaker: Hartmut Rosa on the English translation of his publication Resonance.

“Resonance and Alienation. Two Modes of Experiencing Time in an Age of Acceleration”

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/academic/helmutschmitz/resonance/

Sat 22 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Resonance: Social Theory and The Good Life: A Workshop with Hartmut Rosa
Milburn House, The University of Wawick

German Social Theorist Hartmut Rosa and his publication Resonance.

Tue 25 Feb, '20
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CRPLA Seminar: RESCHEDULED FOR 28 APRIL
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Kate Soper (Philosophy, University of Brighton/London Metropolitan University)

Title: 'The Dialectics of Progress: Towards a Post-Growth Aesthetic and Politics of Prosperity'

Thu 27 Feb, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Tue 3 Mar, '20
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CANCELLED: Women in Philosophy Event
Room S0.21, Social Sciences Building

This is a unique opportunity to hear from fantastic female talent writing in many fields of philosophy. Whether you are considering postgraduate study or simply pursuing an interest in philosophy, there will be something to engage you. We are pleased to welcome staff from The University of Warwick for a Q&A panel as well as two guest speakers:

Helen Steward (University of Leeds) is the Deputy Head of The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. She is President of the Aristotelian Society, as well as being one of the leading philosophers in the country pioneering work in philosophy of action, free will and philosophy of the mind.

Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick) is the Head of the Department of Philosophy. Before coming to Warwick in 2004, she taught at the University of Basel and was Postdoc at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Tue 3 Mar, '20
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CANCELLED: Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar

Bergson on Time and Freedom

With Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick), Emily Herring (Leeds) and Mark Sinclair (Roehampton)

Thu 5 Mar, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Tue 10 Mar, '20
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CRPLA Seminar: RESCHEDULED FOR 28 APRIL
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: James MacDowell (Department of Film and TV, Warwick)

Title: 'Regarding YouTube as Art'

Wed 11 Mar, '20
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Philosophy Society Event: Lecture by Stephen Houlgate
Room S0.21, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Stephen Houlgate

Title: Idealism in the Thought of Berkeley, Kant and Hegel

Thu 12 Mar, '20
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Reading Group: Communion de Bataille
Room H4.22, Humanities Building
Mon 16 Mar, '20 - Tue 17 Mar, '20
10am - 6pm
CANCELLED: Poetry and Philosophy BSA Synergy Conference
MS.03 (Zeeman Building)

Runs from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 17.

We hope to re-schedule this event. Contact Eileen John (eileen.john@warwick.ac.uk) for more information.

Tue 28 Apr, '20
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CANCELLED: CRPLA Seminar: Rescheduled from 25 and 10 March 2020
Room S0.20, Social Sciences Building

Guest Speakers:

Kate Soper (Philosophy, University of Brighton/London Metropolitan University)

Title: 'The Dialectics of Progress: Towards a Post-Growth Aesthetic and Politics of Prosperity'

James MacDowell (Department of Film and TV, Warwick)

Title: 'Regarding YouTube as Art'

Fri 1 May, '20
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Truth and Truthfulness Webinar: Chapter 1: The Problem
By Zoom

These two hour Zoom-based seminars focus on the publication 'Truth and Truthfulness' by Bernard Williams, (Princeton University Press, 2002).

Organised by Thomas Crowther and Guy Longworth.

 

Fri 8 May, '20
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Truth and Truthfulness Webinar: Chapter 2: Geneology - All Students Welcome
By Zoom

Text: 'Truth and Truthfulness' by Bernard Williams (2002)

Wed 13 May, '20
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Philosophy Department Colloquium: Richard Moore: 'The Communicative Foundations of Propositional Attitude Psychology'
By Zoom

Speaker: Richard Moore

The Communicative Foundations of Propositional Attitude Psychology

Abstract:

According to a widely held dogma, a developed propositional attitude psychology is a prerequisite of attributing communicative intent, and so a developmental prerequisite of natural language acquisition. This view is difficult to reconcile with developmental evidence, which shows not only that children do not develop propositional attitudes until they are four years old (e.g. Rakoczy 2017), but also that this development is parasitic upon natural language acquisition (de Villiers & de Villers 2000; Lohmann & Tomasello 2003; Low 2010), and that it recruits brain regions that do not exist in infancy (Grosse-Wiesmann et al. 2017). Against the received view, and building on my work on minimally Gricean communication (Moore 2017a), I sketch a developmental trajectory to show how propositional attitude psychology could be both invented and learned through communicative interaction. I finish by considering the conditions in which cultural tools for mental state representation might first have been developed in human history; and the extent to which our early human ancestors might have lacked propositional attitudes. The goal of the paper will not be to show that strong nativism about human mindreading must be false, but that there is no reason to take it for granted in considering the origins of the modern human mind.


Thu 14 May, '20
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'Working in Lockdown'
MS Teams

Tom Crowther and David Bather Woods will share a bit of their experience of how they have been managing under the lockdown conditions, and how they have been trying to change their working habits so that they can stay remotely productive. It would be really good to hear from students too and to hear about how you have been getting on; whether you have been finding things pretty straightforward, or finding things tough going. Everyone is welcome, and Tom and David want to hear from you all.

Thu 14 May, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
By Zoom

Speaker: Eileen John (Warwick)

Title: 'Learning from Artistic Disagreement'

Abstract​: "When we disagree about the meaning and value of works of art, we do not always bother to argue about it, but sometimes we do. Arguments about art can be pursued seriously, and such disagreements can mark somehow important faultlines between people. What are these disagreements about, why are they difficult to resolve, and what can be learned from them? Stanley Cavell says that ‘the familiar lack of conclusiveness in aesthetic argument, rather than showing up an irrationality, shows the kind of rationality it has, and needs’ (MWMWWS, 86). Responding to Cavell and to some work by Fabian Dorsch, both of whom defend the unusual rationality of aesthetic judgement and argument, I will resist some of the ‘particularising’ accounts of the difficulty of these practices. I will also make some not-well-defended claims about the role of reasons in the context of artistic evaluation."

Fri 15 May, '20
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Preparing for Alternative Assessments (Take-Home Exams and Essays)
MS Teams
WHAT: Preparing for Alternative Assessments (Take-Home Exams and Essays)
WHO: David Bather Woods
WHEN: 10.00-11.00 Friday 15th May
WHERE: via Teams
WHAT: David Bather Woods will give a presentation via Microsoft Teams with tips on how to prepare for your alternative assessments. It will include advice on how to make the most of adapting to take-home exams and essays. Attenders are welcome to ask questions in real time, but the presentation material will also be circulated afterwards for the benefit of anyone unable to attend the presentation. A link to join the Teams meeting will be sent by email to all students registered to modules with take-home exams or essays as alternative assessment. Please contact David Bather Woods (d.woods@warwick.ac.uk) with any questions.
Fri 15 May, '20
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Truth and Truthfulness Webinar: Chapter 3: The State of Nature - A Rough Guide
By Zoom

Text: 'Truth and Truthfulness' by Bernard Williams (2002)