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In this podcast, Olli Lagerspetz & Silvia Caprioglio Panizza, the two current Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows (2021) at the Centre for Ethics discuss their EU-funded projects, the value of carrying them out at the Centre, and similarities between their philosophical interests. SCP's project, Moral Impossibility: Rethinking Choice and Conflict (MIGHT), focuses on the scope of what is possible for the subject in a moral sense, and how the range of possibilities that we have available is important in determining what our choices are and mean, as well as in revealing our deepest moral commitments. In this conversation she outlines various forms of moral impossibility, with one extended example from animal testing, and applies the research question to other contemporary issues such as the war in Ukraine, concluding with further applications and interdisciplinary directions for the project. Read along with the transcript here:
In this episode of Philosophy Voiced, Marie Skłodowská-Curie Fellow Silvia Caprioglio Panizza interviews Sophie Grace Chappell, Professor of Philosophy at the Open University, discussing her the scope and significance of ethics, philosophical style, poetry, non-human animals, embodiment, contemporary politics, climate change, and being a transgender philosopher. Much of the conversation revolves around Prof Chappell’s recent book Epiphanies: An Ethics of Experience (Oxford University Press 2022).  Sophie Grace Chappell was one of five speakers at the MSCA funded workshop ‘“Here I am, I can do no other – or can I?” On the Reality of Moral Impossibility’ as part of the MIGHT project and hosted by the Centre for Ethics on 9-10 September 2022.   Bio: Sophie Grace Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. She works in ethics, the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of sex and gender, ancient and mediaeval philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of religion She is the author of over a hundred articles and numerous books, including Aristotle and Augustine on Freedom (Springer 1995), The Inescapable Self (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005), Knowing What To Do (Oxford University Press 2017). She is now pursuing a number of different writing projects, including a new book: Trans Figured: How to survive as a transgender person in a cisgender world. 
In this episode of Philosophy Voiced, Olli Lagerspetz, Giuseppina D’Oro, Leonidas Tsilipakos, and Jonas Ahlskog discuss their workshop 'Idealism and Realism in the Human Sciences: Collingwood, Winch, and Beyond' which took place in Pardubice, Czech Republic September 22 and 23, 2022. About the workshop: R.G. Collingwood and Peter Winch were central contributors to the debate on the question of the autonomy of the human sciences (social sciences and the humanities) in the mid- 20th century. Other participants in that debate were Donald Davidson, Charles Taylor and G.H. von Wright. According to von Wright's formulation, the aim of the human sciences was "understanding" rather than "explanation", whereas Davidson argued, on the contrary, that explanation of action in terms of reasons must, in the last analysis, presuppose that reasons have causal efficacy. The debate was not resolved, one reason being the general philosophical shift in the late 20th century. Due to that shift, ontology again entered mainstream analytical philosophy as a topic. With this development, naturalism and scientific realism gained currency as the philosophical paradigm in English-speaking philosophy. In the light of that development, it became customary to view Collingwood and Winch as idealists and/or relativists. The aim of the workshop is to explore connections between views on the epistemological status of the human sciences and general underlying issues on the nature of philosophical research. More about Doc. Olli Lagerspetz's project: Philosophy as Cultural Self-Knowledge: R. G. Collingwood, Peter Winch and the Human Sciences (WC-Cult)Podcast editor: Patrick KeenanPodcast photo by Leonidas Tsilipakos.
In this podcast, PhD students Peter Tuck and Vladimir Lukić speak with Doctor Debbie Roberts about her paper Depending on the Thick. Doctor Roberts is one of two keynotes (along with Professor Roger Crisp) who is speaking at the Centre for Ethics' upcoming PhD conference titled, What Really Matters? Reflections on Human Values, which will take place August 24-26 at the Historical Building of the University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic. (see the conference poster here)Doctor Roberts is senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She works mainly in metaethics, and is particularly interested in the metaphysics of the normative. Abstract for Depending on the Thick:The claim that the normative depends on the non-normative is just as entrenched in metanormative theory as the clam that the normative supervenes on the non-normative. It’s widely held to be a genuine truism, a conceptual truth that operates as a constraint on competence with normative concepts. Call it the dependence constraint. I argue that this status is unwarranted. While it is true that the normative is dependent it is not a genuine truism, or a conceptual truth, that it depends on the non-normative. I argue for the following inadequacy claim: that when we cull all the normative terms from our language, and so the concepts that they stand for, what we will be left with will not necessarily be sufficient to adequately describe, conceptualise or represent what it is that we are supposed to be making normative judgments in virtue of. This has implications for both ascriptive and metaphysical understandings of the dependence constraint, and the potential to radically reshape the dialectic in metanormative theory.* *Roberts, D 2017, 'I— Depending on the thick', Aristotelian Society - Supplementary Volume, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 197-220. Podcast edited by Patrick Keenan.For more information on the upcoming PhD conference, email
In this podcast PhD students Peter Tuck and Vladimir Lukić speak with Professor Roger Crisp on his paper Towards a Global Hedonism. Professor Crisp is one of the two keynotes (with Doctor Debbie Roberts) at the upcoming PhD conference: What Really Matters? Reflections on Human Values taking place August 24-26 at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic. (for more information on the conference, email: Crisp is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University and Uehiro fellow and tutor in philosophy at St. Anne's College, Oxford. His work falls principally within the field of ethics. Roger has written several books including but not limited to:Reasons and the good (2006), The cosmos of duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of ethics (2018), &Sacrifice regained: morality and self-interest in British moral philosophy from Hobbes to Bentham (2019).Here is the abstract forTowards a Global HedonismThis chapter argues that, of all alleged values of any kind, only pleasure is of ultimate axiological significance. It begins with the suggestion that absolute value—the value some item has through possessing a lower-order evaluative property that makes the world in which it is instantiated good—is foundational. Pleasantness is characterised as a basic category of phenomenal consciousness, and the charge of reductionism against hedonism based on this conception is refuted. Defences of hedonism against various forms of objection that it is counter-intuitive are modelled on an analogy with defences of consequentialism, and the general position is then applied to moral, aesthetic, and epistemic value. It is claimed that those attracted by the parsimony and elegance of welfarism (the view that the fundamental value is well-being) might find these qualities within hedonism in particular.podcast edited by Patrick Keenan
In this episode of Philosophy Voiced, we are joined by Rick Anthony Furtak, Associate Professor in philosophy at Colorado College, US, former president of the American Søren Kierkegaard Society and an acclaimed poet. Rick is the author of two monographs, Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity (2005) and Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience (2018).Hosts Kamila Pacovská (Pardubice) and Ruth Rebecca Tietjen (Copenhagen) discuss with Rick his studies in Chicago, the difference between European and American philosophy, connections between philosophy, literature (and poetry) and emotions, topics from his book Knowing Emotions, and other topics from his new book on Proust. Rick gave an Intensive seminar at the Pardubice Centre for Ethics ( which was the occasion of this podcast and inspiration to some of our topics.
In this episode of Philosophy Voiced, we are joined through Zoom by Samantha Ashenden, Reader in the Politics Department at Birkbeck, University of London, and Andreas Hess, Professor in the School of Sociology at University College Dublin.Hosts Matti Syiem, Philip Strammer, and Patrick Keenan discuss with Sam and Andreas their article in Aeon "The theorist of belonging: Discovering Judith Shklar's liberalism of fear", their edited book Between Utopia and Realism, and Judith Shklar's essay Liberalism of Fear, among other topics relating to the political theory of Judith Shklar.Sam and Andreas are the keynote speakers on the third night of the Centre for Ethics' upcoming conference, Looking Forward in Hope and Despair: Critical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy and the Arts. They will present at 15:00 (CET) on April 16th a presentation titled: "Why virtues will no longer do: some pros and cons of dystopian perspectives." More info on the conference here:
In this episode of Philosophy Voiced, we are joined through Zoom by Professor Rastislav Dinić from the University of Niš, Serbia. We are discussing a paper written by Professor Dinić called "Friend as Enemy: Notes on Cavell and Socialism (via Makavejev)."Professor Dinić is one of the keynote speakers at the Centre for Ethics' upcoming conference, Looking Forward in Hope and Despair: Critical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy and the Arts, which is taking place virtually April 14, 15, and 16 through the Zoom platform (a link will follow). More information on the conference can be found here: you would like to read the paper we are discussing, it was published in Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, no. 5 (2017) "The Aesthetics of Politics and the Politics of Aesthetics In and After Cavell", 27 February 2018.A link to the pdf is here:
In this episode, Niklas Forsberg, Antony Fredriksson, and Hugo Strandberg discuss the philosophy of Werner Herzog in light of Antony's recently published paper titled "Werner Herzog and the Documentary as a Revelatory Practice" (The Philosophy of Werner Herzog [2020] edited by M. Blake & Christopher Turner, Lexington Books)



In this episode, senior researcher Niklas Forsberg hosts eight of the Centre for Ethics' PhD students: Aneta, David, Diana, İrem, Mira, Patrick, Philip, and Vladimir.The PhD program at the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value is an international English-speaking program based in Pardubice, Czech Republic, with students from all over the world - Czech Republic, Germany, Turkey, India, Philippines, Serbia, Sweden, Chile, and the USA. Niklas Forsberg and the PhD students discuss what doing a PhD at the Centre for Ethics is like, what makes the Centre special, what the various cultural backgrounds bring to the discussion, the value of diversity in a philosophical context, the cultural value of differing approaches to doing philosophy, top-down and bottom-up philosophical thinking, the concept of friendship and togetherness in inspiring each other, the nature of philosophical thinking and practical applications of academic philosophy, and how relationships to each other and philosophy has changed during the pandemic. For more information about the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value: information on our upcoming interdisciplinary PhD Conference: Looking Forward in Hope and Despair: Critical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy and the Arts



In this episode, the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value senior researchers Niklas Forsberg, Kamila Pacovská, Nora Hämäläinen, and Ondřej Beran share their thoughts on what makes the Centre for Ethics special, what philosophy is like at the Centre, what their personal academic influences are, and what they are personally working on.
In this episode Kamila Pacovská and Niklas Forsberg speak with Raimond Gaita about a variety of philosophical topics including Academic Philosophy, Public Engagement, Populism, Trump, Climate Change Activism, Moral Exemplars, and Saintly Love, among many others. RAIMOND GAITA is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London and a senior fellow of the Centre for Ethics as a Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Dr. Anna Bergqvist has been a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University since January 2013. Before coming to MMU, Dr. Bergqvist was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow and Stockholm University. Before that she was an AHRC funded PhD student at the University of Reading where she worked with Professor Jonathan Dancy on the epistemology of Moral Particularism. She currently supervises doctoral work on Particularism and Wittgenstein at Edge Hill University. Her research specialisms are Metaethics and Aesthetics, and selected issues in Philosophy of Language and Perception. "The moral life is not intermittent or specialised, it is not a peculiar or separate area of our existence . . . . we are all always deploying and redirecting our energy, refining or blunting it, purifying or corrupting it . . . ‘Sensibility’ is a word which may be in place here . . . Happenings in consciousness so vague as to be almost non-existent can have ‘moral colour’. (‘But are you saying that every single second has a moral tag?’ Yes, roughly.) "--- Iris Murdoch. Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals: 495
Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Her research covers a range of fields. She is passionately interested in the question of how ethnography generates concepts; how we might treat philosophical and literary traditions from India and other regions as generative of theoretical and practical understanding of the world; how to render the texture and contours of everyday life; and the way everyday and the event are joined together in the making of the normal and the critical. Her work on collective violence and urban transformations has appeared in many anthologies. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007) Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015) and three co-edited volumes, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy (2014), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium (2015) andPolitics of the Urban Poor (forthcoming). Her graduate students are working on a number of issues in different parts of the world and her work is deeply informed by her heady interactions with them."If in life, said Wittgenstein, we are surrounded by death, so to in the health of our understanding we are surrounded by madness. Rather than a forceful exclusion of this voice of madness, Wittgenstein returns us to the everyday by a gesture of waiting: 'If I have exhausted justifications I have reached bedrock, and my spade is turned. Then I am inclined to say: This is simply what I do.' In this picture of the turned spade as indicative of a turned pen, we have the picture of what the act of writing may be in the darkness of this time. For me the love of anthropology has turned out to be an affair in which when I reach bedrock I do not break through the resistance of the other, but in this gesture of waiting I allow the knowledge of the other to mark me."Das, Veena. Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), p. 17.
Niklas Forsberg, the Head of Research for the Centre for Ethics at the University of Pardubice, hosts Cora Diamond and James Conant for a lengthy discussion following their Truth in Ethics intensive seminar, which took place October 19-21 of 2018."[I]t is my firm conviction that despite its real or apparent division into departments, philosophy is one subject, a single discipline. By this I do not merely mean that between different areas of philosophy there are cross-references, as when, for example, one encounters in ethics the problem whether such and such principles fall within the epistemological classification of a priori knowledge. I mean (or hope I mean) something a good deal stronger than this, something more like the thesis that it is not possible to reach full understanding of, or high level proficiency in, any one department without a corresponding understanding and proficiency in the others; to the extent that when I visit an unfamiliar university and (as occasionally happens) I am introduced to, ‘Mr Puddle, our man in Political Philosophy’ (or in ‘Nineteenth-century continental philosophy’ or ‘Aesthetics’, as the case may be), I am immediately confident that either Mr Puddle is being under-described and in consequence maligned, or else Mr Puddle is not really good at his stuff. Philosophy, like virtue, is entire. Or, one might even dare to say, there is only one problem in philosophy, namely all of them." (Paul Grice, "Reply to Richards” (in Richard Grandy and Richard Warner, eds., Philosophical Grounds of Rationality (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 64.
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