The Royal Society of Edinburgh | 12:00-1:00pm | Hybrid event
'Heroism in time of victims'
This year, Professor Susan Neiman’s Gifford Lecture series is on Heroism for a time of victims. The seminar will allow audience members to explore questions relating to the larger themes of the series, including the importance of human moral agency and heroic resistance to injustice and tyranny; this is especially important with the current crisis in Ukraine.
Find out more here.
Eventbrite online ticket | Eventbrite in-person ticket
Kyoto Prize: Public Lecture | 4:00pm | Blavatnik School of Government and online
'How to react to a change in cosmology'
Public lecture by philosopher Dr Bruno Latour, 2021 Kyoto Prize Laureate for Arts and Philosophy, followed by a discussion with Professor Erica Charters (Faculty of History, University of Oxford) and Dr Javier Lezaun, (Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford).
Bruno Latour has revolutionised the conventional view of science by treating nature, humans, laboratory equipment, and other entities as equal actors, and describing technoscience as the hybrid network of these actors. His philosophy re-examines “modernity” based on the dualism of nature and society.
About the Kyoto Prize at Oxford
The Kyoto Prize is an international award, organised by the Inamori Foundation, to honour those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. The Blavatnik School of Government is honoured to bring the Kyoto Prize Laureates to Oxford for a series of events each May.
TORCH/OCCT Fiction and Other Minds seminar | 5:15pm | Seminar Room 8, St. Anne’s College
Cognitive psychologist, Professor Joseph Glicksohn of Bar Ilan University, and literary scholar Professor Chanita Goodblatt of Ben Gurion University in the Negev, will be presenting their collaborative research on “Gestalt Psychology and Cognitive Literary Studies”.
Those who are unable to attend in person, can join us on zoom.
For more information about the seminar, see: https://www.occt.ox.ac.uk/research/fiction-and-other-minds
Oxford Society of Metaphysics - Talk Series 'Conceptions and Misconceptions about Time' | 8:00pm | Fitzhugh Auditorium, Cohen Quad, Exeter College
Richard Sorabji (Oxford): 'Time in Ancient Physics'
The Oxford Society of Metaphysics (OSM) aims to promote interdisciplinary events (introductory courses, seminars, workshops, and lectures) with high-profile experts for undergraduate and graduate students in different disciplines. The society has been created to encourage students to explore the foundational aspects of their own discipline, with its highest goal being to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations at different levels.
The OSM is delighted to invite you to its talk series 'Conceptions and Misconceptions about Time'. For our third talk, we are happy to welcome Prof. Richard Sorabji (Wolfson College, Oxford) who will give an introductory talk about the main theories of time in ancient Greek physics.
Professor Richard Sorabji was Professor of Philosophy at King's College London between 1970 and 2000. Before that he was an Associate Professor at Cornell University, 1962-69. Since 2000 he held posts as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric at (2000-03), Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2000-), Distinguished Visiting Scholar at New York University (2000-03), and Visiting Professor at the City University of New York (2004-07). In 2008, he became Cyprus Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.
He is also an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, a member of the Senior Common Room of Pembroke College, Oxford, and a member of the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of The British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of King's College London, a Fellow of Gresham College (2003-04), and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies. Previous posts include Founding Director of the King's Centre for Philosophical Studies (1989-91), British Academy Research Professor (1996-99), Director of the Institute of Classical Studies (1991-96), and President of the Aristotelian Society (1985-86).
He is founder and director of the international 'Ancient Commentators on Aristotle' project devoted to the publication of translations of philosophical texts from the period 200-600 AD, texts that formed the necessary bridge between ancient philosophy and later thought both in Medieval Islam and in the Latin-speaking West. To date over 60 volumes have been completed.
The event will be on 11th May at 8pm (GMT) taking place in the Fitzhugh Auditorium, Cohen Quad, OX1 2HE (Exeter College, Oxford). The talk will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.