Digest Week 1 Trinity Term 2023

TT23, Week 1 (23rd-29th April)

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Notices - other Philosophy events, including those taking place elsewhere in the university and beyond


Philosophy of Mathematics Reading Group

The reading will be from Jared Warren & Daniel Waxman's 2020 paper,  'A Metasemantic Challenge for Matheamtical Determinacy'  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-016-1266-y

Daniel Rowe will hopefully be leading the session.

There will also be a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person.

You can click here to join virtually. The Meeting ID is 325 086 914 943 and the Passcode is NaFsHX.

Everyone is welcome. Reading the paper would be strongly encouraged but people are welcome even if not. 

The group will meet on Monday 24th April, 4.30-6pm in the Ryle Room


General Linguistics Seminar Trinity Term 2023

Linnaea Stockall (Queen Mary University of London): 'The Sum of its Parts? The when and how and why of morphological decomposition'

Hosted by Víctor Acedo-Matellán and Daniel Altshuler

5:15 pm in Room 2 of the Taylorian Institute

Oxford Maimonides Seminar

Suf Amichay (Cambridge University): 'Maimonides’ Modal Typology of Sciences'  

5pm, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Rainolds Room)

Towards the end of the first part of the Guide Maimonides offers a typology of sciences in his time, dividing them into Falsafa (Aristotelian) and Kalām (Muslim theologians). There is a scientific criterion hiding beneath Maimonides’ official typology: the two traditions’ competing concept of the ontologically possible. I show how Maimonides carefully crafts his criticism of Kalām sciences around this criterion, and the reception of this criticism in later Hebrew and Latin medieval philosophy. 

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome!

Online participation is also possible, email us to ask for the zoom link: anna.marmodoro@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.


Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’: Philosophical, Historical, & Historiographical Challenges 

28th April–30th April 2023 (In-person & Online Attendance)

Venue: Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre Worcester College, University of Oxford

Questioning ‘Western Philosophy’ will be the first international conference that subjects this concept to critical interrogation, asking whether it is legitimate, where it comes from, when and how it becomes widespread, and how it impacts our understanding of philosophy and its history. Building on decades of work from, inter alia, the history of philosophy, global intellectual history, intercultural and comparative philosophy, critical philosophy of ‘race’, and decolonial studies, the conference will explore the concept of ‘Western Philosophy’ from philosophical, historical, and historiographical perspectives.

The Conference will take place in-person at Worcester College, Oxford, on 28th April (14:00-17:30), 29th April (9:00-18:30), and 30 April (9:00-18:30). In Person: A limited number of tickets for in-person attendance (which includes a drinks reception on Friday 28th, and coffee/tea and lunch on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th) can be purchased here. Online: Alternatively, it is possible to register to watch the conference remotely in real time. To register to receive the link for the livestream recording, please complete this form.

Organizers: Lea Cantor & Josh Platzky Miller

Assistant organizers: Sihao Chew, Jonathan Egid, & alicehank winham

In collaboration with Philiminality Oxford


The Critical Theory Reading Group

This term we will be reading Capitalism: A conversation in critical theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi Cambridge.

Meetings will be 1.30–3.00pm on Fridays in the Le May Room, Worcester College.

For more details, please email either Rachel Fraser (Philosophy) or Ben Morgan (German).