Digest Week 3 Trinity Term 2022

TT22, Week 3 (8th - 14th May)

If you have entries for the weekly Digest, please send information to admin@philosophy.ox.ac.uk by midday, Wednesday the week before the event. 

Notices - other Philosophy events, including those taking place elsewhere in the university and beyond

The Faraday Institute Research Seminar series | 1-2pm | Online and in person

Dr Andrew Moore & Prof. Paul Ewart – What’s The Use Of Natural Theology?

A link to watch online will be made available the morning of the seminar. For more information please visit https://www.faraday.cam.ac.uk/events/seminars/

Massada Seminars | 5:15pm | Sultan Nazrin Shah Auditorium, Worcester College

Title: 'Divine Principles Embedded within the Human Soul' according to some ancient Jewish and Christian texts from the 2nd century BCE to the 2nd century CE, concerning the divine origin of universal ethical precepts and knowledge of good and evil.

Speaker: Menahem Kister (M), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem  

The Hegel Reading Group meets weekly on Tuesdays 6-7.30 pm by Skype. We continue with Hegel's 'Phenomenology of Spirit', from paragraph 582. Each week's reading is posted on hegelinoxford.wordpress.com. To join or for enquiries contact susanne.herrmann-sinai@ philosophy.ox.ac.uk or louise.braddock@philosophy.ox.ac.uk .

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.

Register here.

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

Joseph Butler Society | 8:30-10:00pm | Large SCR, Oriel College

Charity Anderson (Baylor) on 'Problems of Divine Hiddenness'

Abstract: What is the argument from divine hiddenness and how should it be formulated? In this talk, I underscore the advantages of thinking about divine hiddenness as presenting us with evidence bearing on the existence of God. I trace the development of the problem of evil, which resulted in a shift away from thinking of evil as constituting a 'logical' problem for theists to instead formulating evil in terms of an evidential argument. I draw some comparisons with how the argument from hiddenness is currently formulated and argue that philosophers should formulate hiddenness as an evidential argument. I then sketch the argument from hiddenness using Bayesian tools, flagging some mistakes to avoid as we move to reasoning probabilistically.

The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research is delighted that Prof. Silvia Ronchey (Università di Roma Tre) has accepted to give a series of lectures on Hypatia and her legacy, the subject of her latest publication:

Week 3: Friday 13 May, 12-1pm 

The venue for the event is the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles.

All are very welcome to attend.

Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research Special Lecture | 5-6:30pm | Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles

Title: The Young Pope and the Popes: Cyril and Hypatia in Western Confessional Struggles 

Speker: Prof. Silvia Ronchey (Università di Roma Tre) 

All are very welcome to attend.