Digest Week 7 Michaelmas Term 2019

MT19, Week 7 (24th - 30th November)

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 in the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG.

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

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Palestinian multilingualism: A perfectly normal adaptation to colonialism, conflict and late capitalism | 14.15 | Board Room, Kirdar Building, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

Philosophers of language may be interested in attending this seminar.

Speaker: Dr Nancy Hawker (The Aga Khan University)

For further details, please see https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/events/israel-studies-seminar-3


Mereology of Potentiality Reading Group - The Powers Metaphysic (Neil Williams) | 17.00 - 18.30 | Refugee Scholars Room, Corpus Christi College

A weekly reading group on Neil Williams' new book The Powers Metaphysic (OUP 2019). At each meeting, one member of the group will introduce a chapter with some comments/questions they want to raise for the group, which will be discussed during the meeting.

On Tuesday 26th, Lorenzo Giovannetti will be presenting the 9th chapter of the book.

Attendance is open to all. (If you’d like to sign up to present at the reading group for a later week, please use the form linked here to provide your name and email, along with the dates/chapters you would be interested in presenting on: https://forms.gle/DcZkunXG4WsVzXc98)

If you have any questions, please email either Andrea roselli.uniroma3@gmail.com or Christopher christopherja@gmail.com and we'd be happy to help.

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


Comparative Methodologies Discussion Group | 19.00 - 21.00 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

This reading group aims to explore what comparative philosophy is, and how to do it. There is an increasing awareness of the value of dialogue between different traditions on a wide range of philosophical topics. However, there is a lack of consensus on what the aims of comparative philosophy are, and how it ought to be conducted. Worries have been raised about the potential pitfalls of comparative work, such as a tendency to assume the primacy of one tradition over the other. But what would it mean to take a “balanced approach” in response to this worry? Is there an external standpoint from which we can do comparative philosophy? What, if anything, is global philosophy? The reading group will centre on four readings covering a range of traditions that will address these questions.

More information, including readings: https://www.facebook.com/events/395978474627352/

When: Tuesdays on Odd Weeks, 7-9pm

Where: Ryle Room, Faculty of Philosophy (Radcliffe Humanities)


Mereology of Potentiality Work-in-Progress Seminar | 11.30 - 13.00 | Refugee Scholars Room, Corpus Christi College

27th November: Christopher Austin - An ontology of complex powers: conceptual foundations 

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


Normative Ethics Reading Group | 15.00 - 17.00 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

A weekly reading and discussion group for topics in normative ethics and decision theory. Some weeks involve a faculty member from Oxford or elsewhere presenting some of their recent or in-progress work. Contact Tomi Francis at tomi.francis@philosophy.ox.ac.uk for details.


Steven DeLay: Suffering and Salvation: A Note on Art | 19.30 | Lecture Room 23, Balliol College

Steven DeLay will be reading a chapter from his forthcoming book: Suffering and Salvation: A Note on Art. It is a phenomenological piece, but it touches on Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard among others. DeLay analyses positions of interpretation of suffering: how do we cope with apparently meaningless evil from a philosophical perspective? It will be of interest to a general audience, and brings together ideas in aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and ethics. He recommends the following article for a metaphilosophical background to his other work, a review of Steven Crowell's Festschrift. After summarizing the volume's contents, DeLay extends Dan Zahavi's understanding of Husserlian metaphysics to answer some of Crowell's objections to the 'theological turn'.




For more information, please contact Imogen Rivers: imogen.rivers@balliol.ox.ac.uk

Hegel Reading Group | 18.30 | Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities

We shall continue reading the Phenomenology of Spirit.

28 November – Virtue and the course of the world §§ 381–393.

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

The Loxbridge Kant Series | 10.00 | Garwood Lecture Theatre, University College London

The Loxbridge Kant Series will be having the first of its three one-day conferences on November 30, at UCL. Three faculty members and three graduate students will present work on Kant. The confirmed speakers for the London conference are Dr John Callanan (KCL), Dr Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), and Dr Robert Watt (Oxford). All are welcome to attend. Please register using the website, https://loxbridgekantseries.eventcreate.com/.


Plato Reading Group | 17.00 - 18.30 | Balliol College

This term, we start reading the Theaetetus. Each session is led by a person appointed in the preceding session, preparing the translation of the agreed-upon section of the text especially diligently. The sessions consist in the presenter's translation of the passage and discussion of whatever interesting or uncertain point that arises, whenever it arises. We use the Greek text (OCT) as the basis for our discussion, and everybody should have prepared the week's section in advance. People who do not know Greek or are just starting to learn it are of course more than welcome to attend.

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