Digest Week 1 Trinity Term 2019

TT19, Week 1 (28th April - 4th May)

If you have entries for the weekly Digest, please send information to admin@philosophy.ox.ac.uk by midday, Wednesday the week before the event. 

Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place in the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG.


Notices - Events taking place elsewhere in the university and beyond

Aristotelian Society | 'Responsibilities and Taking On Responsibility' | 17.30 - 19.15 | Senate House, University of London 

Speaker: Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State). Chair: Jonathan Wolff (Oxford).

Free of charge, all welcome, refreshments provided. For more information and a draft paper, please visit the Aristotelian Society website


Reading Group - Philosophers Discuss Current Events | 19.00 - 20.00 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

A group for discussing topics in current events and international relations 'through the lens of philosophy'. Contact tena.thau@philosophy.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Mereology Reading Group | 17.00 - 19.00 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

This reading group will focus on some recent work on mereology. Our focus will be on how the notion of parthood and other mereological principles can be extended to apply beyond the realm of material objects. The group will meet each Tuesday from 17.00 - 19.00. Please e-mail sabine.bot@philosophy.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend.


Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures | 'The Power of Randomness' | 17.00 - 18.00 | Mathematical Institute 

Speaker: Julia Wolf, University Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge.

Far from taking us down the road of unpredictability and chaos, randomness has the power to help us solve a fascinating range of problems. Join Julia Wolf on a mathematical journey from penalty shoot-outs to internet security and patterns in the primes. 

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

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Set Theory Reading Group | 19.00 - 21.00 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

Our reading group welcomes anyone interested in Set Theory. We shall discuss topics such as large cardinals, forcing, and inner models. No prerequisites are required. Organised by Wojciech Woloszyn. 

Seminar on Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophiae | Boethius and the Legacy of Alexander of Aphrodisias | 17.00 - 18.30 | Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

Week 1: Introduction.

Boethius, the De Consolatione Philosophiae, selected passages from book 1 – MML and TA.

Boethius’  second  De  interpretatione  commentary  contains  material  from  the  lost commentary  of  Alexander  of  Aphrodisias  that  either  is  otherwise  unattested  or  differs significantly  from what is available in Ammonius and others. Although his elementary  first commentary  has  only  one  passage  of  obviously  Alexandrine  origins,  Boethius’  handling  of the  evidence  there suggests  the  presence  of  related material  which  has  been  overlooked because  of  Boethius’  silence. The  passage  has  been  critically edited  from  the manuscripts and will be discussed with an eye to its implications for Boethius’ understanding and use of Alexander both in the commentary itself and more generally. 

'Appeals to Nature' Seminar | Nature as a Guide: the History of an Idea | 17.00 | Hovenden Room, All Souls College

Speaker: Anthony Gottlieb (All Souls). All are welcome to this talk. 


InParenthesis Reading Group | 20.00 - 21.30 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities 

Organised by Elizabeth Huh and Sasha Lawson-Frost. 

The Meaning of Life Reading Group | 11.30 | St Peter’s College  

This small reading group/seminar will be arranged during weeks 1-8 on (mainly recent) contributions to the literature on ‘the meaning of life’, broadly construed, as given by philosophers, theologians, scientists, psychologists and others. Readings will be circulated in advance each week. The seminar is aimed at graduate students and faculty members; anyone wishing to attend should email tim.mawson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk to be included on the circulation list for further information. Suggestions for suitable readings are most welcome.