Michael Thompson – You and I

Event Date: 21May 2012 Senate House University of London London WC1E 7HU The Aristotelian Society presents: Professor Michael Thompson (University of Pittsburgh) – You and I Michael Thompson received his PhD in Philosophy at UCLA, where he was a student of Philippa Foot. He is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and was formerly an Assistant Professor at UCLA. …

The History of Pain without Lesion in the Mid to Late 19th Century West

Room 416,  Birkbeck University of London Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Pain Project & Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present: The History of Pain without Lesion in the Mid to Late 19th Century West Organised by Visiting Fellow to the Birkbeck Pain Project Daniel S. Goldberg (East Carolina University, U.S.), Much work in the history of medicine …

Peter Goodrich – An Instance of the Fingerpost: An Excursus on the Legal and the Digital

Event Date: 18 May 2012 Room B34 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX Birkbeck School of Law presents School of Law, Annual Law Lecture 2012 Professor Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law, New York) – An Instance of the Fingerpost: An Excursus on the Legal and the Digital The lawyers who forged the …

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George Steiner – Homelands

Event Date: 17 May 2012 Room B34, Birkbeck College, University of London, London WC1E 7HX.   The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism presents: Professor George Steiner (Churchill College, Cambridge) –  Homelands    The history of Judaism and of Jewish identity has been characterized by radical inner tensions. These tensions, Professor Steiner suggests, oscillate between priest and prophet, the desert and …

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Transdisciplinary Problematics: Anti-humanism and Gender Study

Event Date 17 – 18 May 2012 Day 1:  Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London WC1. Day 2:  Large Common Room, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy Presents: Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts 2011–2013 (AHRC 914469) Workshop 3          Case Studies 2. Transdisciplinary Problematics: Anti-humanism and Gender Study This two-day …

Victorian Sentimentality – a panel discussion

Event Date: 17 May 2012 Room B06 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX Birkbeck Arts Week Victorian Sentimentality Panel discussion:  The curators (Nicola Bown, Vicky Mills, Alison Smith) of a new display opening at Tate Britain this week talk about the display which aims to shed new light on this much misunderstood and …

Jokes, Laughter, Literature

Event Date: 15 May 2012 Birkbeck College Room 124, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H Birkbeck Arts Week Jokes, Laughter, Literature Short talks and discussion: What are the links between literature and jokes? What makes us laugh when we read? What do we do when we don’t understand a joke? The four speakers have research interests across a wide historical range, from …

Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law

Event Date: 14 and 15 May 2012 Senate House Room S261 University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HU The Institute of Philosophy presents Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law DAY 1 (Monday 14 May) Al Mele: Free will and substance dualism: the real scientific threat to free will? [AUDIO HERE] ———————————————– Marcel Brass: Who is in control? Brain correlates of …

Helen Cowie – Doing a Roaring Trade: Travelling Menageries in 19th-Century Britain

Event Date: 14 May 2012 Birkbeck College Room B13, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H Birkbeck Arts Week  Romantic Objects Lecture: Dr. Helen Cowie (University of York) Doing a Roaring Trade: Travelling Menageries in 19th-Century Britain Helen Cowie’s research project explores the collection, study and exhibition of exotic animals (c.1750-1880), how contemporaries conceptualised rare animals, where they encountered them and what …

Frank Jackson – Leibniz's Law and the Philosophy of Mind

Event Date: 14 May 2012 Senate House University of London London WC1E 7HU The Aristotelian Society presents: Professor Frank Jackson (Princeton University) – Leibniz’s Law and the Philosophy of Mind We draw some metaphysical conclusions about colour and belief from some epistemological commonplaces. It turns out that this requires us to challenge orthodoxy on the causal efficacy of mental properties …