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Elisabeth Schellekens speaking in Edinburgh on 12th March

We are delighted to announce the second lecture hosted by SAF, supported by the BSA and the SPA, to be delivered by Professor Elisabeth Schellekens (Universities of Uppsala and Durham) on Thursday, 12th March, 2015.

Elisabeth Schellekens is Chair Professor of Aesthetics at Uppsala University and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Durham. She is Editor (with Prof. John Hyman, Oxford) of the British Journal of Aesthetics, and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Her research interests and published work span a number of topics in aesthetics, the general theory of value, and the emotions, including the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, aesthetic normativity, conceptual art, and empirical aesthetics. She is currently Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded research network on the “Ethics and Aesthetics of Archaeology.”

Professor Elisabeth Schellekens (Uppsala/Durham)

“On Sensible and Intelligible Beauty”

Thursday, 12th March, 2015, 4:15 – 6:00pm

University of Edinburgh, Lecture Theatre 1, 7 Bristo Square


As always, the lecture is free and open to all!

The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our speaker. There are limited funds to cover dinner expenses for two students, which we will offer on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact the organisers by Sunday, 8th March if you would like to attend the dinner.

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Scottish Aesthetics Forum

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Aesthetics Forum (SAF), generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Scots Philosophical Association. Currently in the form of a lecture series hosted at the University of Edinburgh, SAF aims to address a widespread interest in all areas of aesthetics, including analytic and continental approaches, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on aesthetics from across the arts and sciences. We also aim to foster close links with universities, art institutions (broadly construed), and artists across Scotland.

Please join us for our first public lecture by Professor Dominic McIver Lopes, Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at the University of British Columbia, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics (for more information on Prof Lopes:,

Professor Dominic McIver Lopes: “Aesthetic Agency and Value

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015

University of Edinburgh 

Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11, 4:15 – 6:15pm

The lecture will be preceded by a workshop on Prof Lopes’ new book Beyond Art (OUP, 2014), in DSB 3.11, from 2:15 to 3:15pm, and followed by drinks and dinner.  Limited funds are available for two students to attend the dinner. Priority will be given to those who prepare for and attend the workshop, and to postgraduate students; otherwise we will accommodate guests on a first-come-first-served basis.

In preparation for Prof Lopes’ workshop, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in reading his book to join us for a reading group. The reading group will take place in DSB at 10:00 am on the 16th January, and 6th February 2015. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending, by emailing us at

Other confirmed speakers for the series include Prof Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews) on the 15th April and Prof Emily Brady (University of Edinburgh) on the 10th June, 2015, titles TBC.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the organisers at:

The Organisers,
Nicole Hall & Panos S. Paris

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Rae Langton delivering 2014 New Enlightenment Lecture

The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group invites you to the


On Friday 12 December 2014  at the University of Edinburgh

3:00pm – 3:50pm
Roundtable discussion with Prof Rae Langton (Cambridge)

4:00pm – 5:30pm
2014 New Enlightenment Lecture by Prof Rae Langton

in Room 3.10/3.11, Dugald Stewart Building, University of Edinburgh

Places for lecture are LIMITED so please do register soon and by no later than 03 December by using our convenient e-pay link:

For details about both events, please see:

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the workshop’s sponsors: the Scots Philosophical Association, and the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences.

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Michael Ignatieff in Scotland, 15th – 17th December

Michael IgnatieffEdward R. Murrow Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and author of The Needs of Strangers (1984), Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism (1993), Isaiah Berlin: A Life (1998), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004) and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2014), will be in Scotland for the 2014 Knox Lecture at the University of St Andrews and a lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Details are below; for further information contact Prof. John Haldane FRSE, Director, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, St Andrews and Chair, Royal Institute of Philosophy, London:

University of St Andrews Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs: 2014 KNOX MEMORIAL LECTURES AND SEMINARS

Monday 15th December, 2014

  • 11am – 1pm:Seminar 1: Capitalist Freedom and Political Tyranny (Room 104, Dept of Philosophy, The Scores)

Tuesday 16th December, 2014

  • 11am – 1pm: Seminar 2: Knox Lecture Discussion (Room 104, Dept of Philosophy, The Scores)


Wednesday 17th December, 2014

  • 6pm: Liberal Democracy and Authoritarian Capitalism (Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ).



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Philosophy Think Tank

Coming up at Edinburgh:

Philosophy Think Tank

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 5.30pm

Hugh Robson Lecture Theatre, George Square, The University of Edinburgh

Philosophy Think Tank brings outstanding junior philosophers from around the world to Edinburgh to present their innovative research. Join us and find out about the future of philosophy!

Free, but ticketed. Please book your tickets at

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2013-14 David Hume Fellow Peter Fosl, “Hume and the Promise of Philosophy”

Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square.

Tuesday, 19 November, 4 pm.

“Hume and the Promise of Philosophy”

Peter Fosl (Transylvania University)

Peter S. Fosl is Professor of Philosophy at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky.  He is currently the 2013-14 David Hume Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh.  The Fellowship has been made possible by the generous support of The Hume Society, the Scots Philosophical Association and IASH Fellows and supporters.

As space is limited, please email to book a place.

More information.

**SPA sponsored**

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Stephen Menn in Scotland

Stephen Menn (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will be visiting Scotland later this month, and speaking at:

  • St Andrews, on Thursday, 21st February, 4:15pm, 104 Edgecliffe.  Title: “The Problem of the Poetics; why does Aristotle have no theory of Lyric poetry?”
  • Edinburgh, on Friday, 22nd February, 1pm, Dugald Stewart G.06.  Title: “Aristotle on the Many Senses of Unity” — please read in advance Metaphysics Delta 6 and Iota 1.
  • Edinburgh, on Friday, 22nd February, 5:00pm, McEwan Hall.  This will be the 18th A.E. Taylor Lecture in Ancient Philosophy.  Title: “Wisdom as the Science of the Four Causes?”

Prof Menn has written about Plato, Aristotle, Pre­Socratics, Stoicism, Plotinus, Augustine, Suarez, and Descartes.

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Evaluative Language Seminar at Edinburgh

In the first half of 2013 the Eidyn network project Emerging Themes in Meta-Ethics will be hosting a seminar series at Edinburgh, the aim of which is to to promote cutting edge work on evaluative language.  The lineup:

  • 01 Feb 2013: Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California)
  • 13 Mar 2013: Jennifer Carr (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 20 Mar 2013: Daniel Whiting (University of Southampton)
  • 10 Apr 2013: Nate Charlow (University of Toronto)
  • 17 Apr 2013: Stefano Predelli (Nottingham University)
  • 01 May 2013: Pekka Vayrynen (University of Leeds)
  • 10 May 2013: Janice Dowell (University of Nebraska at Lincoln)
  • 29 May 2013: James Dreier (Brown University)
  • 30 May 2013: Mark Richard (Harvard University)
  • 07 Jun 2013: Ralph Wedgwood (University of Southern California)

Inquires to Mike Ridge

Seminar website

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Myles Burnyeat seminar

1st December 2012

St Andrews

Myles Burnyeat

“Plato, Republic I: A Bigger, Bolder Version.”

This seminar will run from 10.30 to 12.30, in Edgecliffe 104, with coffee beforehand from 10.00.  Participants should bring a copy – text or translation – of the Republic for ease of reference in the seminar.  Everyone who attends is welcome to stay for lunch, which will be provided in Edgecliffe.  Everyone is welcome, and there is no registration: but if you are coming, please inform Sarah Broadie,, no later than 26 November.

Further information