Eidos - Postgraduate Philosophy Society
Eidos is the Durham philosophy postgraduate research group. We meet every week on Tuesday in the department at 5.30 to hear a paper given by a postgraduate in the department. The point of the society is to provide valuable feedback on other postgraduates’ work.
Papers are typically about 45 minutes, followed by half an hour of questions, after which we will go to the pub or for some dinner. There will also be free wine provided.
All PhD students are required to present at Eidos at least once a year, MA students are also strongly encouraged to present if they wish. The paper can be whatever you want, be it a work in progress or a conference paper that you are preparing, or a completed paper.
Eidos also runs valuable career development talks, where established academics give talks on getting published, organising conferences, writing CVs and the other trials and tribulations of an academic career.
In addition to the afternoon sessions, we also run Eidos days, where several papers will be read.
Hope to see many of you there.
If you wish to present at Eidos, please send an email to John Henry Taylor
On the 20th of July, Eidos will be running a special Eidos day, including papers from several members of the department.
The day begins at 9.45 and will run until about 4. All Postgraduates and staff are welcome.
Michaelmas Term 2012
(3rd October 2012 - 12th December 2012).
9th October 2012
Is Naturalism bleak?
16th October 2012
Max Born and Causation in Historical Physics.
23rd October 2012
Beyond Wittgenstein's 'On Certainty
30th October 2012
The philosophy of beauty
6th November 2012
The Human Right to Life and Liberty as a Just Cause for War
13th November 2012
On this day, Dr Ian Kidd will be giving a talk giving advice on how to get published in the academic world. This is invaluable information, as it is impossible nowadays to sustain an academic job without publishing work. This talk will be followed by the following:
John Henry Taylor.
Consciousness and the nature of attention
20th November 2012
Sceptical theism, evil and hiddenness
27th November 2012
In Defence of a Non-Theory Laden Conception of the Self or Person.
4th December 2012
It's getting very meta in here
11th December 2012
Details to be confirmed
Epiphany Term 2012
(14th January 2013 - 15th March 2013).
15th January 2013
Time and dispositions.
22nd January 2013
On the varieties of aesthetic attention
29th January 2013
Robin Hendry will be giving a talk on the Research Excellence Framework (REF). This is something which all professional philosophers must know about, as it can dictate who gets jobs in the academic world. This talk will explain some of the core points about the REF, and will provide hints and tips on living with it.
This talk will be followed by a normal Eidos talk:
Nick Zangwill - Scepticism about scepticism.
5th February 2013
A people's naturalist: George Johnston (1797-1855) and widening natural historical knowledge in 1840s Britain
12th February 2013
19th February 2013
On the Origin of Referential Descriptions
26th February 2013
On the logic of combining powers
Oh, No, H2O: representation in the work of John Dalton
12th March 2013
On the importance of wonder: An inquiry into how a sense of wonder may contribute to human flourishing
Shortly after the end of third term, we will be hosting an 'Eidos day' where five talks will be given. The slots for these are already filling up quickly, so if you would like a slot, please email email@example.com
Easter Term 2012
(22nd April 2013 to 07th June 2013)
Andreas Pantazatos-Moral Understanding.
Holly Havens - Phenomenological Reflections on Loneliness
Alex Newbrook-Nussbaum’s Capablities Approach as a Radical Environmental Ethic.
Rhiannon Bull- Title TBC
Richard Thornton- Title TBC
Josh Bergamin-"Logos or telos? or, Can we have be rational without language?"
Bruno Serra (firstname.lastname@example.org) "Citizenship and political action: the dilemma between nationalism and cosmopolitanism".
Aleksandra Traykova- Nosology and accounts of disease
Salome Jacob -Title TBC
Eidos Workshop (Summer holidays)
Andrew Woodard- 'The biological and metaphysical sides of predication'
Rory Fairweather- Title TBC
Olley Pearson-‘Logical detachment and utilitarianism’
Richard Stopford-‘What, if anything, makes the claim “this is art” true.’