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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Postgraduate Event: Philosophy of Life: The Utopias of Politics, Anthropology and Biology

Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green,

The concept and experience of life can be analysed in its many facets of expression, being the spheres of politics, anthropology and biology. In contemporary political questions and policies, the problem of life has become highly relevant in all its levels of definition, from the political level, to questions of anthropological naturality, and to the biological itself. In this same vein, one can read philosophers against the grain, by reversing their philosophies to reveal the biological and anthropological assumptions that their philosophical systems possessed as a network or interstice between the humanities and the sciences. For example, Descartes's understanding of biology, Nietzsche's conception of life and its role in relation to his politics and Hegel's understanding of Newtonian Force in his Science of Logic and his use of Chemism alongside Kant.


23rd January 2018

9:00-9:30 Introduction

10:00-10:45 Keynote: Professor Andy Hamilton


Panel 1: Political Life: 11:00-12:00 (Chair: Mauro Senatore)

Jack Coopey (PhD German)

Christopher Micklem (PhD Theology)

Coffee Break: 12:00-13:00

Panel 2: Anthropological and Biological Life 13:30-14:30 (Chair: Mauro Senatore)

13:30-14:15 Keynote: Jeremy Dunham

Guy Forsyth (Masters Anthropology)

Rasmus Haukedal (PhD French)

Lunch: 14:30-15:30

Panel 3: Technical and Digital Life 15:30-16:30 (Chair: Mauro Senatore)

Pierluca D'Amato (PhD French)

Nikos (PhD French)

Conclusion 16:30-- N/A

24th January 2018 (9am-12pm)

Symposium 9:00am-12:00pm

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