Digest Week 8 Trinity Term 2023

TT23, Week 8 (11th-17th 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. 

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


Hegel Reading Group

We shall be meeting Tuesdays 6-7.30 pm on Skype; please email susanne.hermann-sinai@philosophy.ox.ac.uk for the Skype link. 

This term and the next we are reading Hegel’s Anthropology, in the ‘Philosophy of Mind’ (translation is by Wallace and Miller) but we will work from the Michael Inwood revision (OUP 2007). We are aiming to get to the end at para 412 so we will not read the Zusätze in the sessions (these can be read on your own). The reading is posted each week on hegelinoxford.wordpress.com.


Leverhulme Lecture & Book Launch

Professor Valentina Calzolari (Geneva and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Oxford): 'The Reception of Neoplatonism in Armenia (ca. 6th -20th century)'

Tuesday 13 June at 5pm, Pembroke College, Mary Hide Eccles Room

This fifth Leverhulme Lecture will stress how late ancient Neoplatonism was received and transmitted in 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 sixth century. Moreover, it will examine the construction of the legend of David, called the “Invincible”, in the Armenian tradition. The Armenian reception of Greek thought is part of a collective volume recently published by V. Calzolari on the liberal arts – including philosophy – in Armenia: Les arts libéraux et les sciences dans l’Arménie ancienne et médiévale (Textes et Traditions 36), Paris, Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2023. This volume’s publication will be celebrated with a book launch following the presentation.

Valentina Calzolari is Professor in Armenian Studies at the University of Geneva and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (January-July 2021 and May-July 2023).

Les arts libéraux et les sciences dans l’Arménie ancienne et médiévale | Collection Textes et traditions | Librairie Philosophique J. VRIN



Oxford Maimonides Seminar

Anna Marmodoro (Durham University): Title TBC

5pm, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Rainolds Room)

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome!

Online participation is also possible, email us to ask for the zoom link: anna.marmodoro@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.


Department of Philosophy, King’s College London

A celebration of the life and work of Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964 – 2023) Professor of Philosophy, KCL, 2003-23

All are welcome to join us for a celebration of the life and work of Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964 – 2023), Professor of Philosophy, KCL, 2003-23.

Wednesday 14 June 2023, 5:30pm in the Chapel, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

King’s College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS.

Please register here to attend.


Book Launch

Howard Robinson (CEU) will launch his new book Perception and Idealism (OUP)

with comments by Mike Martin

The event will take place on Wednesday 14 June, 5-7pm at The aula, Blackfriars (St Giles).



Joseph Butler Society

Philip Goff (Durham): 'Christianity and a God of Limited Power'

Thursday, 8:30 to 10 pm, Oriel College

For further details please see: josephbutlersociety.weebly.com


Oxford Work in Progress Political Theory Seminar

Cole Phelps: 'Aristotle On Disability in the Polis' Comments by Simeon Goldstraw

Maria-Jose Gomez Ruiz: 'From the Formal to the Substantive Right to Candidacy: Who has a Real Opportunity to run for Office?' Comments by Max Klinger

The seminar will take place on Thursday, 4-6pm in the Butler Room at Nuffield College.

This is a hybrid session. If you cannot participate in person, please let us know (theo.hickfang@wolfson.ox.ac.uk) and we will ensure you can join online.



The Critical Theory Reading Group

This term we will be reading Capitalism: A conversation in critical theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi Cambridge.

Meetings will be 1.30–3.00pm on Fridays in the Le May Room, Worcester College.

For more details, please email either Rachel Fraser (Philosophy) or Ben Morgan (German).