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Don Ihde at Dundee, 5th October

Wednesday, 5th October, 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 2F13, University of Dundee

Don Ihde (Stony Brook University)

“Letting Things Speak: Material Hermeneutics”

Abstract:  I contend that there is a current Second Scientific Revolution from the 20th-21st century by way of imaging technologies.  These technologies ‘let things speak’ as never before, but call for a visualist hermeneutic for interpretation.  I shall give a few examples, beginning with Otzi the Iceman, Viking invasions of England, Spanish explorations of North America, to illustrate how such a revolution can enrich previously linguistically restricted hermeneutics.

For further information, please contact Ashley Woodward.

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History of philosophy events at St Andrews in May

5-6 May: The 7th Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 
Plenary speakers Matthew Eddy (Durham) and Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge).
The Senate Room, St. Mary’s

13 May: The Enlightenment Philosophical Life
A workshop exploring notions of the philosophical life in the Enlightenment period
Richard Bourke (QMUL) will speak on Burke
James Harris (St Andrews) will speak on Hume
Tom Jones (St Andrews) will speak on Berkeley
Susan Manly (St Andrews) will speak on Maria Edgeworth
Barbara Taylor (QMUL) will speak on philosophical solitude
The Byre Studio Theatre, 0930-1700
All welcome.
Please contact James Harris ( to register for either event.
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Philosophy Events in Dundee 30 March – 3 April

Dear all,


The Philosophy programme at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy are pleased to present quite an extravaganza of philosophical events in Dundee next week. Following is a schedule of the events, followed by further details on each. Please contact me if you would like any further information:







Wed 30 March: Information, Nihilism, and Art book launch and panel discussion.


Thurs 31st March and Fri 1st April: The End(s) of Art symposium.


Sat 2nd  and Sun 3rd April: Continuities in Modern French Philosophy workshop.




Nihilism, Information, and Art: A Panel Disscussion

5:30 – 7:00pm Wednesday 30 March

@ G E N E R A T O R Projects

Unit 25/26/Mid Wynd Ind Est, Dundee DD1 4JG

Launching the book: Ashley Woodward, Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information, and Art. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Participants: Dr Sarah Cook (DJCAD), Dr Dominic Smith (Philosophy, UoD), Dr Ashley Woodward (Philosophy, UoD). Please join us for a discussion on the themes of Ashley Woodward’s new book. All welcome. Free drinks and light refreshments.



The End(s) of Art

An Art and Philosophy Symposium, exploring the notion of where art is going and the idea of its supposed end in the twentieth century. Free, all welcome.

Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building


Thursday, March 31

9.30-10.00 Meet and Greet with Tea and Coffee

10-11 Diarmuid Costello – ‘James Welling, Philosopher of Photography?’

11-12 John Dummett – ‘A History of Twilight in Seven Colours’

12-1.30 Lunch Break

1.30-2.30 Lucy Byatt – ‘Investing: The Realisation that Private is taking the Form of the Public’

2.30-3.30 Dominic Smith – ‘Drawn Into Tomorrow: Three Questions for IC-98’

3.30-4.00 Tea and Coffee Break

4.00-5.00 Oisín Keohane – ‘The End of the Nude: Aphrodite sé derobe’


Friday, April 1

9.30-10.00 Meet and Greet with Tea and Coffee

10-11 Eoin Carney – ‘Technologies and the End of the Artist’

11-12 Isabel Rocamora – ‘Restoring Being: The Dwelling Figure and the Moving Image’

12-1.30 Lunch Break

1.30-2.30 Graham Fagen – ‘This is the End’

2.30-3.30 Roundtable with Tea and Coffee



Continuities in Modern French Philosophy Workshop

The aim of this international workshop is to explore some of the philosophical continuities between early and late 20th century French philosophy. Free and all welcome, but please register:


Room 2F15, Dalhousie Building


Saturday, April 2

12.15 – 1:15 Coffee and welcome.

1.15 – 2.00 Judith Wambacq (Gent) – ‘The structuralist dimension in the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze’

2.15 – 3.00 Walter Pedriali (St. Andrews) – ‘An Unpoetic Journey To e Unnameable Elements of Bergsonism in Badiou’s Metaontology’

3.30 – 5.00 Jeffrey Bell (SELU) – ‘The Primacy of Deception’

5.00 – 7.00 Drinks

7.00 Workshop Dinner


Sunday, April 3

9.00 – 9.45 Coffee

9.45 – 11.15 Alan Schrift (Grinnell) – ‘Jean Wahl and Gilles Deleuze: Opening the way to Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Difference’

11.30 – 12.15 Moritz Gansen (Berlin / Darmstadt) – ‘”To make us think, in French, things which were very new.” Jean Wahl and Gilles Deleuze’

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch

1.15-2.00 Stephen Noble (Paris xii) – ‘The Thinker and the Painter. Thinking through art in Twentieth Century French Philosophy’

2.15 – 3.00 Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – ‘From Nothingness to Difference: Critiquing Presence with Sartre and Derrida’

3.30 – 5.00 Howard Caygill (Kingston) – ‘The Psychopathology of Eugene Minkowski’

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Stirling Early Analytic Group Meeting; March 12

The spring 2016 meeting of the Stirling Early Analytic Group will take place on Saturday March 12th from 10.30am to 6.30pm in Pathfoot C2, University of Stirling.  There is no registration fee, but please let Colin Johnston (colin.j… know if you plan to attend.  The following papers will be presented:

10.45  Colin Johnston (Stirling) Wittgenstein on representability and possibility

13.15 Fiona Doherty (Cambridge) Frege, Hilbert and Neo-Logicism

15.00 Alex Yates (Stirling and St Andrew’s) The role of inference and heuristic indicators in Frege’s epistemology of logic

4.45 Mark Textor (KCL) Brentano on Existence

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Philosophy events, week of 1st June

Events next week (more information):

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Correction: Lopes talk on Wednesday, 11th February

A correction to the last weekly events announcement: Dom Lopes will be speaking (about “Aesthetic Agency and Value”) at Edinburgh on Wednesday, 11th February (not Thursday, 12th February).  For more information:

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SPA: 2013 Annual Meeting scheduling

With the 2012 Annual Meeting concluded, we need to agree to a date for the 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held at the University of Stirling.  In the past, this has been held on the first weekend in December; if this precedent were followed, the 2013 meeting would be held at Stirling on 6th – 7th December.  However, the idea of changing the date of the Annual Meeting was mooted at the recent AGM, e.g. to the first weekend in November.  I would like to solicit feedback on this proposal.

Here’s what was mentioned in favour of moving the meeting from December:

  • The weather.  It was pointed out that inclement weather makes can make travel in December difficult.  (E.g., the 2010 meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.)
  • Teaching and/or exams.  It was pointed out that some members might prefer a different date for the meeting, given their teaching responsibilities.  (Although a December date might be better for others, in connection with teaching responsibilities, given different teaching schedules.)

One thing that is important: we need to have a meeting date that is firm and settled and the same from year to year.  Once we have this in place, I can advertise the date widely and request that other philosophy events at the six departments not be scheduled at the same time as the Annual Meeting.  (I made the mistake this year of not having a firm and settled date this year, with the result that several conferences were held at the same time as the Annual Meeting.)

If you’ve feedback on this, can you please pass it on your departmental representative on the SPA committee: Jesper Kallestrup,  Sarah Broadie, James Williams, Ben Colburn, Peter Sullivan, or Guido Baccigaluppi.  Thank you!

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2012 Annual Meeting album

Some snapshots from the 2012 SPA Annual Meeting, held 7th – 8th December at the University of Aberdeen.

King’s Chapel, University of Aberdeen

A former member of the Association, perhaps?

King’s Chapel

The Duncan Rice Library

Inside the library

Margaret Morrison delivers the keynote address, “From Practice to Theory: Rethinking the Nature of Philosophical Questions”

Mark Sprevak

Dinner is served

Guido Bacciagaluppi

Douglas Edwards presents on “The Goals(s) of Inquiry”

Nathaniel Jezzi

Elise Crull presents her paper “Can There Be Metaphysically Robust Interlevel Relations?”

An atom is drawn

Margaret Morrison

The delegates