Royal Institute of Philosophy Cardiff Annual Lecture 2021
– Professor Richard Moran, Harvard University –
Monday 18th October, 8.30pm - 10.00pm (UK time)
The lecture was given live on YouTube. The recording is now available to watch. It includes discussion with Dr Sophie Archer and responses to audience questions.
Certain philosophies (both Western and Eastern) describe us as prone to forms of attachment that are illusory, and promise to indemnify us against the hazards of life by exposing such illusions. The more we can conceive of what really matters in life as something purely internal to ourselves, the less we will see ourselves as hostage to fortune.
One such hazard is that of transience and temporal life itself, and it is sometimes urged that since the Present is the only genuine Reality, attachments to the Past or the Future are forms of illusion we can and should be free of. This talk raises some questions about the ideal of “living in the present” and escaping the contingencies and loss that are part of temporal life.
This event was produced by Cardiff University and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Philosophy Festival 2021
Call for Abstracts
The past few years have seen profound challenges to the way of life established in the Western world since 1945.
The covid-19 pandemic has changed everything temporarily and seems likely to have lasting impacts on our everyday lives. Overwhelming evidence of accelerating climate change requires us to consider far-reaching changes to our economic structures and built environments. The internet now allows far greater individual connectivity than was previously possible, but this has brought with it widespread misinformation which threatens to undermine our political institutions.
At the same time, knowledge of the personal impacts of illness and disability, of the fragility and importance of mental health, of the diversity of human minds, and of the sentience and sapience of other animals, have all increased significantly. We should employ this renewed and still developing understanding of ourselves and our relations to our world in our responses to the challenges that characterise our times.
The festival's aim is to explore the values and virtues needed to successfully navigate and flourish in a rapidly changing environment that constantly presents us with novel challenges.
Our confirmed speakers include Dr Adam Carter (University of Glasgow), Prof Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University), Prof Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews), Prof Kristján Kristjánsson (University of Birmingham), Dr Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), and Dr Lani Watson (Oxford University).
We welcome abstracts of no more than 700 words on any issue that fits the central theme and in any area of philosophy including (but not limited to) aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of education, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their ideas and arguments through interviews, conversations, roundtable discussions, and short talks.
Cambridge University Press will publish a volume of essays from the event in 2022. Chapters will be 6000-7000 words long. Please indicate at submission whether you would like your abstract to be considered for this.
This event is funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy through its Public Philosophy Day initiative. It will take place over a whole day in September 2021 (date to be confirmed). We plan to hold it at the Senedd and Pierhead Buildings in Cardiff Bay. If the pandemic means an in-person event is impossible at that point, we will be hosting it online.
Deadline for abstracts: 15th February 2021, 5pm GMT.
Abstracts must be submitted here: https://bit.ly/VVCWsubmission
We will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for authors without access to relevant research funds. We will also aim to provide and pay for authors’ childcare, should it be required.
We sincerely encourage participants from groups underrepresented in philosophy to submit abstracts.
The conference is being organized in accordance with the BPA/SWIP’s Good Practice Scheme and their Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.
Royal Institute of Philosophy Cardiff Lecture 2020
– Professor Havi Carel (University of Bristol)
Available now on YouTube
In this talk, Havi Carel argues that recent restrictions aimed at preventing the transmission of covid-19 have had a profound impact on our personal and social worlds. Using key phenomenological ideas, such as being-in-the-world, being-with, the intelligibility of our shared world, and the centrality of touch and embodiment in our experience, Carel suggests that our everyday experience has been deeply disrupted by social distancing, causing significant changes to the ways in which we inhabit our social and physical world. She closes by characterising these changes as a global uncertainty: the loss of a once pre-reflective trust or confidence that envelops one's experience of the world as a whole.
Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she teaches both philosophy students and medical students. Her book Illness was shortlisted for the 2009 Wellcome Book Prize and is now published in its third edition.
She is also the author of Phenomenology of Illness (2016) and Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006), and co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (2012), New Takes in Film-Philosophy (2010), and What Philosophy Is (2004). She has been a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, and a Leverhulme Fellow.
This lecture was given online on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, followed by answers to audience questions. The whole event is available to watch now at the Royal Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel.
This event is produced by Cardiff University and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
a jazz–philosophy fusion event
Thursday 27th June 2019
The Big Top at Ten Feet Tall in Church Street, Cardiff CF10
doors open at 7.30pm – first talk at 8.00pm – venue closes at midnight
with two live sets from
a quintet featuring the philosophers
James Tartaglia (Keele University)
Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway, University of London)
on saxophones and philosophy
with Steve Tromans on piano, Mike Green on bass, and Tymek Jozwiak on drums
and short talks on existentialism, technology, and purpose by
Alex Dietz (Cardiff University), Mary Edwards (Cardiff University),
Kate Kirkpatrick (Kings College London), Marieke Mueller (Aberystwyth University),
Orestis Palermos (Cardiff University), and Jonathan Webber (Cardiff University)
entrance free without ticket
Royal Institute of Philosophy Cardiff Annual Lecture 2019
Professor Ruth Chang
Chair of Jurisprudence
University of Oxford
Thursday 16th May at 7pm
Wallace Lecture Theatre
Cardiff University Main Building
Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff CF10 3AT
Free! No need to book. Doors open at 6.30.
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Professor Ruth Chang (Oxford)
We all face hard choices. What career should I pursue? Should I marry? Have children? How much should I give to charity? Should I give up my car and go vegan in order to help alleviate global warming? In this talk I explain what hard choices are, and what, in particular, makes them hard. It turns out that how we relate to the world in the decisions we make is fundamentally askew. By thinking about our place in the world differently, we uncover a distinctive way of thinking about our hard choices and what to do in the face of them.
Ruth Chang is Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at University College Oxford, having previously been Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a law associate working on a (pro bono) death penalty case and several (non pro bono) product liability and medical malpractice cases.
Professor Chang's current academic work concerns the nature of values and reasons, decision-making and reasoning, love and commitment, and the nature of the self. Her research has appeared in the media as far afield as Taiwan and Brazil, as well as across Europe and the English-speaking world. She has worked with a variety of industries, including video gaming, pharmaceuticals, head-hunting, banking and finance, and a variety of institutions, including the U.S. Navy, the CIA, National Geographic, and the World Bank.
Professor Loredana Polezzi
of Cardiff University
Professor Christopher Bertram
of the University of Bristol
on his new book
Do States Have the Right to Exclude Immigrants?
at Waterstones in The Hayes, Cardiff
which is the biggest bookshop in Wales
on Tuesday 7th May at 6.30pm
Tickets are £ 3. The book will be available at the event with a £ 3 discount.
Places are limited. So it is advisable to book in advance.
Tickets are available online or in the shop or by phone: 029 2066 5606
This is a Royal Institute of Philosophy event. Everyone is welcome!
Now available! Resource for AS-level and A-level Philosophy on the AQA syllabus.
Experience and Knowledge contains six short original articles with questions and exercises designed to help students develop their own thought on key syllabus topics.
The booklet is free to download and share unchanged for non-commercial purposes under the Creative Commons 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license.
Full information and the booklet itself can be found on our A-level page.
Tickets are still available for Machines, our afternoon festival of philosophy of technology on Tuesday 15th May.
The festival includes a keynote lecture, five smaller talks, and eight roundtable discussions, all for the bargain price of £4, or just £1 for students.
Full information about the festival.
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