King’s philosophy PhD candidate Jon Thompson’s paper “‘Intimations of immortality’: a response to Bernard Williams” is now available online with Religious Studies. Many congratulations, Jon!
Click here to read the paper.
Rebecca Buxton (ex KCL BA philosophy student, now working on a Dphil at Oxford) is co-editing a book on women in philosophy called The Philosopher Queens:
“For all the young women and girls sitting in philosophy class wondering where the women are, this is the book for you. This collection of 21 chapters, each on a prominent woman in philosophy, looks at the impact that women have had on the field throughout history. From Hypatia to Angela Davis, The Philosopher Queens will be a guide to these badass women and how their amazing ideas have changed the world.”
Click here to find out more and support this fantastic project!
King’s PhD candidate Vanessa Brassey interviews artists on the CPVA website.
Here’s an excerpt from an interview with artist Nicola Durvasula
I’ve always been deeply interested in the nature of line. For instance, what went on in the head and/or heart of the very first man (or woman) –the Caveperson – when they created a line which had the ability to ‘stir’ another? I think this is fundamental to what drawing is, or can be. The way in which I draw is visceral, immediate and there is a certain sensuality in the curvilinear qualities of the lines. I’m quite intrigued by the idea that these could actually be connected to our sense of movement or other sensory capacities. That seems to make sense on one level. On another, it’s not as if I consciously hear sounds when I’m drawing.
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Five Books interviews David Papineau on his recommended readings on Philosophy and Sport. Of course, David has recently published his own work on the topic, Knowing the Score (2017), but here are his other picks:
The whole interview can be read here.
The fraught political debate on immigration in the United States has led some commentators to look beyond orthodox positions and tired slogans. There is an increasing desire to question presuppositions on the topic, and re-examine the fundamental ethical principles that underlie existing policies.
In this context, Sarah Fine’s work on the right to exclude (explanatory podcast) has influenced one argument in The New Yorker explicitly in favour of open borders. Is political philosophy starting to make its way into political discourse and practice once more?
And she also has some insights into reading gleaned from the decades of reading ancient philosophy for The Reading List – as well as confessing to the the crime of marginalia writing!
Both interviews are well worth a read.
The latest edition of the Times Literary Supplement features two of our colleagues:
The rest of this edition of the TLS can be found here.
The Irish Times: “Do you let clichés and slogans do the thinking for you?“
As the second World War approached, the British philosopher Susan Stebbing wrote of “an urgent need to-day for the citizens of a democracy to think well”. She said: “ Our difficulties are due partly to our own stupidity, partly to the exploitation of that stupidity, and partly to our own prejudices and personal desires.”
Her words are as relevant in 2018…