Digest Week 6 Hilary Term 2020

HT20, Week 6 (23rd - 29th February)

If you have entries for the weekly Digest, they must be received by Wednesday, midday of the week before the event. Please send information to admin@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

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

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

Philosophy of Probability Reading Group | 14.00 - 16.00 | Brasenose College

Organisers: Kevin Dorst, Silvia Milano and Al Wilson

The reading group will be pre-read - here is a list of possible readings.

If you'd like to attend, please fill out this form.

If you're interested in leading the discussion on some days (on a paper of your choice), state this on the form. Please also email kevindorst@pitt.edu when you sign up.


Global Priorities Research Reading Group | 18.30 - 20.00 | Nuffield Room 2, Worcester College

The reading group meets weekly to discuss Global Priorities Research, and most papers we’ll read are from the Global Priorities Institute. To be added to the mailing list, please email: petra.kosonen@worc.ox.ac.uk. This event is organized by Effective Altruism Oxford.


Interdisciplinary seminars in psychoanalysis | 20.15 | Lecture Room, St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles’

Candida Yates (Bournemouth University): Psychoanalytic thoughts on the psychodynamics of Casino Culture and Politics

Abstract: The metaphor of the casino, with its associations of risk, uncertainty and illusion resonate at different levels of the contemporary cultural and political imagination where notions of chance and luck – together with the arbitrariness of being either a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ are pervading themes. This talk draws on object relations psychoanalysis to discuss the notion of casino culture as a psycho-cultural formation and its relationship to the emergence of what I call ‘casino politics’, within the current era of risky populist politics within the US and the UK. The talk combines cultural and political analyses with the psychoanalytic theories of Donald Winnicott (1971), Christopher Bollas (1987) and Thomas Ogden (1992) who in different ways foreground the role of play, illusion and the fantasy of transformation in their work. Such an approach is useful because of its focus on the seemingly irrational affective, unconscious investments that underpin the ideology of casino culture and its politics – particularly in the context of Brexit politics in the UK and Trump’s presidency in US, where fantasies associated with gambling are often mobilized to gain mastery over uncertainty and loss.

The seminar is open free of charge to members of the University and to mental health professionals but space is limited. To attend it is helpful (but not essential) to email paul.tod@sjc.ox.ac.uk  

Wayne Martin: Philosophy of Psychiatry | 19.30 | Lecture Room 23, Balliol College

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Epistemology Group | 14.00 - 16.00 | Lecture Room 4, New College

A pre-read weekly reading and discussion group on recent work in epistemology, for graduate students and faculty, sometimes with work-in-progress talks. Contact Nick Hughes (nick.hughes@philosophy.ox.ac.uk) or Bernhard Salow (bernhard.salow@magd.ox.ac.uk) to be added to the mailing list.


Oxford Public Philosophy (OPP) Critical Discussion Group | 17.10 - 18.30 | Boyd Room, Hertford College

This critical discussion group is an opportunity to learn about and discuss crucial methods and topics that you can't find on the philosophy syllabus.

More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1193177554213501/


Hegel Reading Group | 18.30 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

We shall continue reading the Phenomenology of Spirit.

Week 6 - 27 February – Individuality §§ 419–428 Reason as law giving

Please contact susanne.herrmann-sinai@philosophy.ox.ac.uk for information. See the website with general information www.hegel.moonfruit.com.

CANCELLED - Mereology of Potentiality Work-in-Progress Seminar | 14.00 - 15.30 | Refugee Scholars Room, Corpus Christi College

28th February: Benjamin Page - CANCELLED

For more information, visit https://www.power-parts.website/weekly-seminars