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Programme of Events 2019-20


 
Wed 4 Dec, '19
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PG Work in Progress Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Zak Stinchcombe

Title: 'This Moral Vision: Martha Nussbaum and the Novel'

ABSTRACT:

This talk is interested in examining the relations that hold between ethical and literary value with a particular focus on whether they are in tension, do not neatly complement one another, perhaps violently disagree, and so on. Initially we will look at two competing accounts of this tension, namely Ethicism (wherein ethical deficiency, or merit, corresponds to literary deficiency or merit) and Aestheticism (there is no real tension to discuss - aesthetic value and ethical value do not occupy the same space, have nothing to do with one another, that ethical considerations are irrelevant to aesthetic judgements, and so on). Neither account is satisfactory, treating the relationship too superficially. Martha Nussbaum's account of the novel, particularly in the Jamesian novel, points to a deeper, more textured account of the relationship. Quite apart from the ethical and literary value covarying. or else standing independently of one another, Nussbaum argues: 1) novels are themselves works of moral philosophy. 2) it is in novels that one finds the most appropriate articulation of the, or this, moral vision. 3) we can find in novels a paradigm of moral activity. I shall assess the plausibility of these claims, taking into consideration some interpretative ambiguities that exist in her account. I will then be in a position to say something of how this might be applied to the tension we began with. Nussbaum says that there exists a 'dynamic tension between two possible irreconcilable visions...' I agree that this tension exists. Moreover, though, I intend to claim something stronger. The dynamic tension is not merely present; it is an essential component of the relationship between ethical and aesthetic value.

Fri 6 Dec, '19
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George Eliot and Philosophy - 200th Anniversary Symposium
Wolfson Research Exchange (Floor 3, Library Extension)
Tue 7 Jan, '20
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CELPA: Jerry Gaus (Arizona)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T.Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Wed 8 Jan, '20
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WMA Graduate Research Seminar - Reading Michael Ayers' Knowing and Seeing
S1.39
Thu 9 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Kurt Sylvan (Southampton)

Title: 'Knowledge and the Presentation of Reality'

Tue 14 Jan, '20
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CELPA: Shmulik Nili (Northwestern/ANU)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T.Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Tue 14 Jan, '20
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CRPLA Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Naomi Waltham-Smith (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick)

Title: 'Homofaunie: Non-Human Tonalities of Listening in Derrida and Cixous'

Thu 16 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.79, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Rachel Fraser (Oxford)

Title: 'Narrative Testimony'

Tue 21 Jan, '20
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CELPA: David Miller (Oxford and Queen's)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T.Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

Tue 21 Jan, '20
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Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building

Guest Speakers:

Daniele Lorenzini  (Warwick)

Title: Genealogy, Possibilization, and (Post-)Critique

 David Owen (Southampton)

Title: Genealogy as Re-Problematization: Autonomy, Aspect-Change and Limits

Wed 22 Jan, '20
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MAP Seminar
Room S2.81, Social Sciences Building

Speaker: Tom Crowther

Title: Philosophy and Mental Health

Thu 23 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speakers: Tom Crowther (Warwick) and Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Titles: 'Knowledge, Abilities, and Wakeful Consciousness' (TC) and 'Learning from Theaetetus' (GL)

Tue 28 Jan, '20
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CELPA: Ben Ferguson (Philosophy, Warwick)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T.Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

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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WMA Graduate Research Seminar - Reading Michael Ayers' Knowing and Seeing
S1.39
Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Postgraduate Professional Development Seminar: Careers and Dissertations - Session 1
Room S1.50, Social Sciences Building

In the first part of the seminar, Stephanie Redding (Centre for Student Careers and Skills) will give a presentation on 'Philosophy Postgrads: Exploring All Your Options', which will be about how to go about finding a job once you've completed your degree.

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Postgraduate Professional Development Seminar: Careers and Dissertations - Session 2
Room S2.77, The Cowling Room

The second part of this seminar will be led by Tom Crowther, and will focus on 'How to Write an MA (or MPhil) Dissertation'. MA students are particularly encouraged to attend this workshop, since the issues are of particular relevance to them. But everyone is invited!

Thu 30 Jan, '20
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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Session following on from 16 January:

Speakers: Tom Crowther (Warwick) and Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Titles: 'Knowledge, Abilities, and Wakeful Consciousness' (TC) and 'Learning from Theaetetus' (GL)

Tue 4 Feb, '20
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CELPA: Francesca Minerva (PAIS, Warwick)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T.Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

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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Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Daniele Lorenzini (Warwick)

Title: 'Understanding and Acknowledging: Some Remarks on the Illocutionary/Perlocutionary Distinction'

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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CELPA: Megan Blomfield (Sheffield)

Papers are circulated prior to the seminar. Please contact Tom Parr (T. Parr@warwick.ac.uk) for further information.

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'

Wed 19 Feb, '20
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MAP Seminar: Rescheduled for 4 MARCH 2020
Wed 19 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: WMA Graduate Research Seminar - Reading Michael Ayers' Knowing and Seeing
S1.50.
Thu 20 Feb, '20
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CANCELLED: Knowledge and Understanding Seminar
S2.77, The Cowling Room

Speaker: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich; KCL)

Title: 'Self-Knowledge in Islamic Philosophy'

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.