There are interesting philosophical debates about the role of imagination and intuition in evaluative judgement, ethical and aesthetic sensitivity or appreciation, learning, prediction, mind reading and understanding others in a broader sense. There are deep questions surrounding the epistemological status of imagination and intuition, as well as their relationship to perception, sensation, mental imagery, emotion and reason — to mention just a few. And then there are areas in aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics and philosophy of mind in which imagination and intuition are not the subjects, but nevertheless play a clear role. Our hope is that this diversity of questions, ideas and approaches should provoke some interesting discussions.
Preliminary details about the series are listed below. Additional lectures/dates may yet be added. Please bookmark this page and check back for further updates over the coming months.
7 November – Dr Peter Fossey (Philosophy, St Mary’s University) Imagination as a Guide to Reality
21 November – Dr. Karen Simecek (Philosophy, University of Warwick) Thinking Philosophically: Cognitive Benefits of Engaging with Art and Literature
16 February – Dr. Helen de Cruz (Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University) Filling the Gaps in Evolutionary Ethics
27 February – Dr. Mike Stuart (Philosophy, London School of Economics) How Scientists Use Imagination to Learn about the World
20 March – Prof. Peter Lamarque (University of York) title tbc
The relationship between philosophy and rhetoric has often been strained, if not hostile. Philosophers have regarded rhetoricians with suspicion, accused them of misleading the masses and squandering truth for power. Rhetoricians, on the other hand, have considered philosophers as politically naïve or even dangerous.
This series invites its speakers to rethink and challenge the sharp distinction between the two disciplines. There are good reasons to do so. It has, for instance, long been recognised that philosophy has its own rhetoric. Moreover, good rhetoric aims at reconciliation, rather than usurpation. At the same time, any rapprochement is not without its difficulties. It creates questions about disciplinarity, about truth and politics etc..
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Preliminary details about the series are listed below. Please bookmark this page and check back for further updates over the coming months.
29 September – Dr Hannah Marije Altorf (Philosophy, St Mary’s University) Philosophy and Rhetoric: Retelling the Old Story
20 October – Dr Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Middlesex University London) The Zen of Rhetoric
19 January – Prof. Richard Toye, (History, University of Exeter) Should we always say what we mean, and mean what we say? Reflections on politics and the English language
9 February – Prof. Kurt Barling (Journalism, Middlesex University London) A help or a hindrance? Rhetoric of race in a cosmopolitan world
2 March – Prof. Jennifer Saul (Philosophy, University of Sheffield) Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Political Manipulation
30 March – Prof. Lene Rubinstein (Classics, Royal Holloway) Ethos and Logos. Persuasion and Character in Classical Greek Theory and Practice
Desire is a key concept in a number of areas of philosophy. Debates abound regarding the relationship between desires and evaluative judgements, the motivational role of desires, the role of desire in the mind and in human nature, the relationship between desires and similar entities like emotions, sentiments, perceptions (and quasi-perceptions), desire and the self, and what desires actually are. Our hope is that this diversity of questions, ideas and approaches should provoke some interesting discussions, and provide an opportunity for different but related projects to inform and influence each other.
Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths) Techno-lust: Engineering the Heart’s Desire [19 November]
Dr Maria Alvarez (King’s College London) Desires, Dispositions & the Explanation of Action [3 March]
Dr Ulrike Heuer (University of Leeds) Desires, Intentions, Reasons [7 April]
Dr Yonatan Shemmer (University of Sheffield) The Object of Trust [21 April]
Dr Amber Carpenter (The University of York) Desire, the Self and the Good [12 May]
Error was the topic for our fourth series of Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures at St Mary’s University. View the series poster here.
For our third series of Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures at St Mary’s University, we invited our speakers to reflect on the topic of Creativity. You can view the series poster here.
Prof John Barnden (University of Birmingham) The Understanding of Metaphor and Creativity [23 October]
Prof Michaela Kendall (University of Southampton) Scientific Creativity and The Rise of the Entreprenerds [20 November]
Prof Derek Matravers (The Open University) Can There Be an Account of Creativity? [15 January]
Dr Christine Battersby (University of Warwick) Cultures of Creativity: Shifting the Frame [19 February]
Prof Len Platt (Goldsmiths) ‘For his Diligence Majesty our long distance laird that likes creation’: the Finnegans Wake creative [5 March]
Dr Barbara Underwood (Barnes Philosophy Club) Creativity and Invisibility: Gender and Music [26 March]
The second series of Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures at St Mary’s University was on The Art of Dialogue. The series poster can be viewed here (semester one) and here (semester two).
In September 2011, Philosophy at St Mary’s University hosted their first series of Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures. The series had the theme of Knowledge, Wisdom and the University. The series poster can be viewed here.
Mr Peter Worley (The Philosophy Shop) What can university philosophy learn from primary philosophy? [21 September]
Prof Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, London) Animal minds and robot minds [5 October]
Dr Phil Hutchinson (Manchester Metropolitan University) What has philosophy ever done for us? [30 November]
Prof Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire / University of Oxford) What is a philosophical question? [1 February]
Dr Beverley Clack (Oxford Brookes University) Loss and the struggle for meaning [29 February]
Dr Cecile Hatier (University of Wolverhampton) The morality of university decision-makers [18 April]