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Programme of Events 2020-21


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

Guest Speaker: Johannes Roessler (Warwick)

Title: 'Perceptual Self-Knowledge and Doxastic Self-Determination'

Abstract. According to a widely held view of the nature of belief (which I label the Activity thesis, AT), beliefs belong to the ‘active side’ of the human mind. In this paper I explore a challenge to AT. I argue that reflection on the distinctive immediacy of perceptual knowledge, as we ordinarily understand it, puts pressure on an assumption informing AT, viz. that reasons for belief can always coherently be treated as a basis for ‘making up one’s mind’. Our best reasons for perceptual beliefs, I suggest, manifestly entail that we hold the belief they support, and so imply that our minds are already made up. (For example, one's best reason for believing that p may be 'I can see that p'.) I do not mean to suggest that perceptual beliefs should therefore be classified as belonging to the 'passive side' of the human mind. Rather, I think we should question the exhaustiveness (and perhaps usefulness) of the active vs passive distinction, as it has been employed in the philosophy of mind.

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'

Mon 30 Nov, '20
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Philosophy Skills Development Session
MS Teams

Managing Your Workload and Getting "Stuff" Done over Christmas!

Wed 2 Dec, '20
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Miriam Schoenfield (Austin, Texas)

Title: 'Can Bayesianism Accommodate Higher Order Defeat?'

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

Guest Speaker: Leda Berio (HHU, Düsseldorf)

Title: "Talking about Thinking: Language Acquisition and False Belief Reasoning"

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
Wed 9 Dec, '20
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Postgraduate Study at The University of Warwick: Information Session

This event is an information session geared towards undergraduates who may be interested in further study, or just curious to learn more. Please contact Dr Thomas Crowther for further information.

Thu 10 Dec, '20
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MAP Cinema Club
MS Teams

The Film Club will be discussing the short documentary 30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone) and exploring the themes of gender and social collaboration. To be added to the dedicated mailing list and MS Team group and receive further information, please send an email to Sailee (organiser) via sailee.khurjekar@warwick.ac.uk.

Thu 10 Dec, '20
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Knowledge and Belief Seminar
By Zoom

Guest Speaker: Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Title: 'Unsettling Questions'

Abstract: "Should we expect someone who knows by seeing to be in a position positively to settle the questions “How do you know?” “Why do you think so?” or “Are you sure?"? I begin to address that large question by defending the following claims. We should not expect someone who knows by seeing that p to be in a position to know how they know that p (§2). However, we should expect someone who knows by seeing that p to have sufficient reasons for thinking that p, but—in light of the first claim—we should not expect their seeing what they do to figure amongst their reasons. A further issue that will figure in the background to the discussion here concerns how, if at all, sensory awareness of things can furnish one with reasons for thinking things so (§3). Despite the fact that one who knows by seeing need not know how they know and need not have amongst their reasons that they see what they do, still their seeing what they do can play an important role in establishing surety (§4)."

Fri 11 Dec, '20
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MAP Online Q&A Session for Undergraduate Students
MS Teams

Please contact Giulia Lorenzi for further information.

Thu 14 Jan, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Kristina Musholt (Leipzig)

Wed 20 Jan, '21
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Biopolitics Reading Group
MS Teams

'Biopolitics and Deconstruction'

Guest Speaker: Naomi Waltham-Smith (Warwick)

Tue 26 Jan, '21
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CRPLA/Habitability GRP Seminar: Mark Bould (UWE), 'The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture'
Wed 27 Jan, '21
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Andy Hamilton (Durham)

Title: 'Art for Art's Sake: Aestheticising Engaged Art and Philistinism'

Thu 28 Jan, '21
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MAP Cinema Club

We will be discussing the documentary film Paris Is Burning and the themes of drag and sexuality in America. To be added to the dedicated mailing list and MS Team group and receive further information, please send an email to Sailee (organiser) via sailee.khurjekar@warwick.ac.uk.

Thu 28 Jan, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Edward Harcourt (Oxford)

Tue 2 Feb, '21
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CRPLA Seminar on Art and the Digital: Eleen Deprez and Shelby Moser
Wed 3 Feb, '21
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Philosophy Department Balloon Debate
MS Teams

You are warmly invited to our next Philosophy Balloon Debate. What is a balloon debate, you ask? Some philosophical folk are trapped on a sinking hot air balloon. To stay afloat, they need to drop weight. Staff and students from Philosophy will answer questions to determine who stays and who goes. Featuring:

Barney Walker on David Hume

David James on Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Guy Longworth on Gottlob Frege

Diarmuid Costello on Marcel Duchamp (WILD CARD)

Jae Hetterley on Edith Stein (PGR)

Toby Tremlett on Simone de Beauvoir (UG)

This is a Philosophy community event co-organised with PhilSoc. Everyone is welcome – UGs, PGTs, PGRs, and all staff. Please contact David Bather Woods for further information.

Wed 3 Feb, '21
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Biopolitics Reading Group
MS Teams

'Transgressive Resistance and Biopolitics'

Guest Speaker: Guilel Treiber (KU Leuven)

Wed 10 Feb, '21
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Philosophy Department Colloquium
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Jessica Keiser (Leeds)

Title: 'The All Lives Matter' Response: QUD-Shifting as Epistemic Injustice'

Thu 11 Feb, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Richard Moore (Warwick

Thu 25 Feb, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Henrike Moll (Southern California)

Tue 2 Mar, '21
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POSTPONED - CRPLA Seminar: Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé (Tulane) - Book Symposium
Wed 3 Mar, '21
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Biopolitics Reading Group
MS Teams

'From Biopolitics to Bodypolitics'

Guest Speaker: Karsten Schubert (Freiburg)

Wed 10 Mar, '21
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CANCELLED: Philosophy Department Colloquium
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Christopher Janaway (Southampton)

Title: 'Different Kinds of Willing in Schopenhauer'

Thu 11 Mar, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Guest Speaker: Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin)

Tue 16 Mar, '21
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CRPLA Seminar on Sustainability and Consumption: Kate Soper and Rachel Bowlby
Wed 17 Mar, '21
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Biopolitics Reading Group
MS Teams

'The Biopolitics of Mobility'

Guest Speaker: Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmiths)

Mon 22 Mar, '21
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From Moral Learning to Self-Understanding Seminar Series
Webinar

Details TBC