Join us on Wednesday 22 February 10.00-16.00, Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library
Would you like to contribute to the discovery of new research materials in the Bodleian’s manuscript collections? And to learn something about editing early modern letters and approaches to digital humanities along the way? Then please sign up for our Bodleian Student Editions editing workshops.
Letters are the Cinderella of early modern documents. There are thousands of letters from the early modern period in the Bodleian Libraries, creating a vast bank of potential data for a myriad of research projects. But we actually know very little about the contents of each letter. With miles of manuscript records, it is impossible in the normal course of duties to describe the contents of archives in any detail. A typical catalogue entry reads ‘letters to Lord Guilford, from members of his family, 1766-73. 204 leaves’. This represents around 400 pages of text containing a continuous correspondence on a range of subjects, and in fact is part of an archive of hundreds of letters stretching across the 18th century. And this is just one collection!. We would like to unlock these letters and encourage new research by guiding potential users to their value and interest.
In this day-long workshop you will learn the skills to handle some of the Bodleian's special collections and to read eighteenth-century handwriting. No experience in history or historical texts is needed - we'll teach you all you need to handle, read and transcribe these fascinating letters.
Level – open to complete beginners and students from any subject, undergraduate or graduate
Refreshments will be provided
If you are interested in coming to this workshop, please register here by Monday 13th February
The Problem of Evil: Ancient and Modern
Wednesday 6th week (22nd February), 19:30, Worcester College, £3 entry or £10 for annual membership
We are excited to be having Professor Mark Edwards deliver a lecture on ‘The problem of evil: ancient and modern’.
Professor Edwards graduated from Corpus Christi College in 1984 with a BA in Literae Humaniores and in 1988 completed his doctorate entitled ‘Plotinus and the Gnostics’. He then went on to complete a BA in Theology in 1990 whilst holding the Esmee Fairbairn Junior Research Fellowship at New College from 1899-1992 where he remained between 1992 and 1993 as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow.
Edwards is currently the Associate Professor in Patristics in the Faculty of Theology and Religion and, since 2014, has held a chair as Professor of Early Christian Studies. As well as this, he has been a member of the committee of the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity since its establishment and stands on the editorial boards of several journals.
The problem of evil asks whether we can reconcile the existence of an omnibenevolent God with the existence of evil and suffering. Edwards will be investigating this question with respect to the ancient church fathers as well as more modern discussions on the topic.
Oxford Philosophy Society Talk
Title: 'Individuality as Difference'
Lecturer: Prof Guy Kahane, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Professor of Moral Philosophy, Pembroke College
Date: 22nd February 2023
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Venue: Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities
Today’s culture tells us to respect, even celebrate, the many ways in which we are different from each other. These are moral claims about how to relate to people, given that they are different. But does it also matter whether we are different in the first place? I argue for the non-instrumental value to us of individuality, understood in terms of our differences from others. Past defences of individuality often unhelpfully conflate it with autonomy or authenticity, but these can come apart from individuality. Individuality is also distinct from numerical identity and moral status, and cannot be fully captured in terms of replaceability, making a difference, point, or rarity. Most current theories of well-being or meaning in life leave it open that lives utterly lacking in individuality might be wonderfully good and deeply meaningful. These theories, I argue, fail to account for what Valéry called ‘the evil of not being unique.'
The lecture is followed by our 'Pints and Pondering' session, a social gathering just across the road at the Royal Oak.