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OUDCE Philosophy Weekends at Rewley House

Future Events Programme

Phlsoc members are entitled to a 10% discount on weekend courses listed below
(not applicable to the unaccredited lecture series).

Please note that all advertised weekend and day school events are currently "on hold" due to pandemic uncertainties.

20 February (Day School): John Rawls
Doug Bamford (Ewert House)
Details TBA
March 06 (Day School): Descartes
Peter Wyss (Sadler Room)
Details TBA
13 March (Day School): Free Will
Dan Dennis (Ewert House, Lecture Room 9)
Details TBA
April 17-18: Thinking About Offence
Brian Klug and Salman Sayyid (Lecture Theatre)
People take offence for a variety of reasons. Often it is in the context of disagreement over politics, religion, or the practices found in different cultures. But what do we mean by ‘offence’? The same word is used to cover a multitude of different kinds of cases, ranging from mild breaches of good manners to major assaults on someone’s identity. Do these differences affect the question of whether there is a ‘right to offend’? Or, conversely, whether there is a ‘right not to be offended’? Does freedom of expression mean that ‘anything goes’? Is there, in certain circumstances, a duty to speak out – and thereby cause offence? If so, are there, in such circumstances, no limits to legitimate speech? These are among the questions that will be raised and examined on this short course. Lectures will explore these questions both in the abstract and via selected case studies, from Socrates in Plato’s dialogues to Voltaire in the Enlightenment to controversies today over antisemitism, Islamophobia and other subjects. The aim of the course is to facilitate the ability to think both clearly and independently about the concept of offence and the thorny questions to which it gives rise.
24 April (Day School): The Neglected Mill
Andrew Dalkin (Ewert House, Lecture Room 10)
Details TBA
May 15 (Day School): Having Fun with Logic
Marianne Talbot (Sadler Room)
Human beings are rational. Arguably it is our rationality that distinguishes us from non-human animals. Certainly it has enabled us to get to the moon, build sky-scrapers and ocean liners and make smallpox and polio largely diseases of the past. Logicians study reasoning. Specifically they study the arguments that encapsulate our processes of reasoning. Logic has been studied since before Aristotle, but progress is still being made today, especially with inductive logic. However, the study of logic has thrown up various puzzles and paradoxes. It can be huge fun to try to wrap your mind around these puzzles and that is what we shall be doing today. No previous understanding of logic will be assumed but you will not be able to get away without thinking for yourself and it is entirely to be expected that you will find yourself jumping through mental hoops!
29-30 May: Meaning of life
Susan Wolf and Brad Hooker (Sadler Room)
Is meaning important for a good human life? If so how does it relate to other perceived goods such as happiness, morality? When exactly is a life meaningful? Susan Wolf believes that a meaningful life involves active engagement in projects of worth. But what is a ‘project of worth’? Are there objective, or only subjective, measures of worth? How actively must one be engaged in such projects?
29 May (Day School): The Philosophy of Art
Julia Weckend (Ewert House, Lecture Room 10)
Details TBA