Digest Week 6 Trinity Term 2021

TT21, Week 6 (30th May - 5th June)

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 online.

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

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Hegel Reading Group | The Phenomenology of Spirit | 18:00-19:30 | Online

The Hegel Reading Group continues to meet by Skype on Tuesdays 18.00-19.30. We are reading 'The Phenomenology of Spirit' (any translation). We are reading in Section 6. B: Self-Alienated Spirit. Culture. New Readers please contact either Susanne Herrmann Sinai or Louise Braddock for the Skype link and details of the week's reading.


Joseph Butler Society | 20:00 - 21:30 | Online via Zoom 

Title: Owing God Worship
Speaker: Mark Murphy (Georgetown University)

Register here.

New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar | 12:30 - 14:00 | Online

The New St Cross Special Ethics Seminars are jointly organised by the Oxford Uehiro Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities

Title: Waiver or understanding? A dilemma for autonomists about informed consent

Speaker: Professor Gopal Sreenivasan (Crown University Distinguished Professor in Ethics, Duke University)

Abstract: This paper develops a novel argument to show that prospective research subjects can validly consent to participate in a study without understanding (most of) the content of the required disclosure. Its point of departure is the right subjects standardly have to waive (most of) the investigator’s duty to disclose. Things get worse for autonomy based defences of informed consent because this right to waive is very well grounded in an individual’s autonomy.

Professor Sreenivasan’s research interests cover a wide range of topics across the whole spectrum of moral and political philosophy. Hot off the press, his new book Emotion and Virtue (Princeton, 2020) makes original contributions in both moral psychology and the theory of virtue.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9lL04zxySi2MWSzHP0YY4Q. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Leverhulme Lectures on “The Reception of Neoplatonism in Armenia” | 17:00 | Online

Speaker: Valentina Calzolari (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, Professor of Armenian Studies, University of Geneva)

Title: The Armenian Translations of David the Invincible’s Works and the Pioneering Role of the Translators: David’s Introduction to Philosophy

Organiser: Theo M. van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies and Pembroke College

Launch Meeting - Zoom

The four Leverhulme Lectures will stress how late ancient Neoplatonism was received and transmited to Armenia over the centuries. Special emphasis will be placed on the corpus of the Armenian translations of the Greek commentaries on Aristotelian logic by David, a Neoplatonist who taught at the School of Alexandria in the 6th century. Moreover, they will examine the construction of the legend of David in the Armenian tradition, and its contribution to the fashioning of Armenian identity, both cultural and national - a contribution which endured to the end of the 19th century.


"Rethinking planetary prosperity: are we measuring what we value?" | 17:00 - 18:00 | Online

Prof Dame Henrietta L. Moore & Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation

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