Digest Week 7 Hilary Term 2020

HT20, Week 7 (1st - 7th March)

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

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.

CANCELLED-Philosophy, Law, Politics (PLP) Seminar | 11.45 - 13.15 | Seminar Room 'L', St. Cross Building/Law Faculty

This seminar will be run by Ruth Chang and is for students only. It is taking place before the Colloquium on Wednesday 4 March.

Register attendance to: juris-event@law.ox.ac.uk.

Registration will ensure that you receive a copy of the paper, which will be pre-circulated.


CANCELLED - Philosophy, Law, Politics (PLP) Colloquium | 17.00 - 19.00 | Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street

Ruth Chang, Alison Hills & guest speaker Miranda Fricker

Register attendance to: juris-event@law.ox.ac.uk.

Registration will ensure that you receive a copy of the paper, which will be pre-circulated.


South Asian Philosophy Reading Group | 17.30 - 19.30 | Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities

The South Asian Philosophy Reading Group meets Wednesdays odd weeks (no meeting week 1) to read and discuss a short selection from a work by a philosopher of South Asia, ancient or contemporary. HT 2020 will continue our focus on philosophers who worked in the field of aesthetics branching into related issues in social philosophy, ethics, and perception. We will read in tandem literature and criticism from the period and from the contemporary era that reflects on these issues. Questions which concerned the ancient thinkers whom we will read include: Is there false aesthetic experience, illusory beauty? What does aesthetic rapture reveal about ourselves, the world, and the divine? How do we experience and come to accept social inequality? All faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are welcome— no prior knowledge necessary. Find readings at https://southasianphilosophyreadinggroup.wordpress.com

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 7 - 5 March – Individuality §§ 429–437 Reason as law testing

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


Prof Robert Audi: Love, Forgiveness, and Powers of the Will | 20.15 | The Miles Room, St Peter's College

The Second Love Commandment enjoins us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Is forgiveness intended as part of the injunction? And is a kind of friendship the intended Christian ideal - or an appropriate ideal to capture the core of the commandment to love others? Friendship, like love, requires a measure of altruism. Does either love or friendship require forgiving - say, as forgivingness? Do both require it? This paper explains a connection between love and forgiveness but also stresses differences between them. It connects both of them with friendship; and, since we cannot, at will, love or - apparently - forgive, the paper pursues the question of what we are to do in attempting to fulfil the commandments to love and to forgive. 

This event is hosted by The Joseph Butler Society and is open to all members of the university and their guests.

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

6th March: Roberta De Monticelli - Okham’s Razor, or the Murder of Concreteness. A Vindication of the Unitarian Tradition

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


Oxford Forum Event - What is ‘Depressed Mood’? | 16.00 | Stanford University Centre, Stanford House, 65 High Street, Oxford

Speaker: Dr Anthony Fernandez (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Assistant Professor, Kent State University)

Chair: Dr Roxana Baiasu (Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy, Stanford University Centre in Oxford; Associate Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford)

The experience of depression is notoriously difficult to describe. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) provides no definition of “depressed mood”, despite including it as a core symptom of major depressive disorder. This event explores how a turn to phenomenology - a philosophical study of human experience and existence - can help to unpack the concept of depressed mood. Dr Fernandez argues that there are at least two distinct experiential disturbances that fall under the label of depressed mood. By distinguishing these disturbances, phenomenological analyses provide evidence in favour of reclassifying depressive disorders, which can potentially enhance psychiatry’s ability to effectively target therapeutic interventions.

This event is free to attend and open to all; there is no need to register.

For more information, contact: roxana.baiasu@philosophy.ox.ac.uk