Rachael Wiseman gave a brilliant presentation at this year’s British Society for the History of Philosophy annual conference in Sheffield, as part of the panel on Women in Analytic Philosophy (thanks for Sophia and Veronique for organising). As part of the talk, Rachael set out some of the main philosophical themes that emerge from reading the In Parenthesis philosophers as a school, as well as setting out their methodology, which we are calling depictive metaphysics. Depictive metaphysics is revisionary, and is distinct from descriptive and critical metaphysics. This is partly what we will be discussing at the upcoming annual ‘Women in Philosophy Lecture at Sheffield.
Thanks to all the philosophy teachers who participated in the conference organised by Liz McKinnell at Grey’s College in early April. Downloadable teaching materials will appear through this portable soon! Please email us to arrange a visit for your students to the Midgley Archive.
Thanks to all who attended the In Parenthesis film night on 17th March, and especially to Mary Midgley who, as ever, was a complete inspiration. Clips of footage will be uploaded soon. In the meantime, here is a little taster…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jL8U2Zoo9c
Last year, Pamela Sue Anderson was to be the keynote speaker at our International Women’s Day conference ‘Resounding Voices’. She couldn’t make it and, in her stead, Liza Thompson read out the text of her beautiful paper. You can read it below. It offers a way of conceptualising what we are, or should conceive ourselves as, (collectively) doing as philosophers: cultivating reciprocal relations to the unknown.
Thanks to everyone who came to our International Women’s Day conference yesterday! And of course special thanks to everyone who presented their work. It was a wonderful celebration of women’s work inside and outside the academy and a little glimpse into what the University might look like in a ‘world of women’
Back from Oxford. A world of women. I reflected, talking with Mary, Pip and Elizabeth, how much I love them. (Murdoch’s journal: 12 June 1948)
Listen to Rachael Wiseman and Mary Midgley on The Philosopher’s Zone for Australian national radio. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/philosopherszone/golden-age/8310900
Thanks to Eleanor Gordon-Smith and Joe Gelonesi.
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There’s just over a week to register for our International Women’s Day conference: Unsettling the Myths we Live By: Feminist Perspectives on Human Nature, Culture and Freedom. We’ve wonderful programme of papers — PhD students, ECR, senior academics and a keynote by Professor Sally Haslanger. Find out more here!
Just had a great session with some fantastic young philosophers talking about our women as part of Durham’s post-offer open day! We asked the question ‘How might a person’s experience and identity affect their idea of human flourishing?’ Great discussion of Anscombe’s ‘Promising and its Justice’, Midgley’s ‘The Myths we Live By’, Foot’s ‘Natural Goodness’ and Murdoch’s ‘Sovereignty of the Good’.
We’ve a wonderful programme for our conference and registration is now open. Details here.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!