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A philosophy podcast from the Centre for Ethics at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.
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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: https://philevents.org/event/show/85474
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:https://philevents.org/event/show/85474If 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:https://doi.org/10.18192/cjcs.v0i5.2407
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)
PHD AT THE CENTRE

PHD AT THE CENTRE

2020-11-1801:13:34

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:https://centreforethics.upce.cz/enFor information on our upcoming interdisciplinary PhD Conference: Looking Forward in Hope and Despair: Critical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy and the Artshttps://centreforethics.upce.cz/en/call-papers-cfp-looking-forward-hope-and-despair-critical-perspectives-utopia-and-dystopia
PHILOSOPHY AT THE CENTRE

PHILOSOPHY AT THE CENTRE

2020-11-1701:02:12

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.https://centreforethics.upce.cz/
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: 495https://centreforethics.upce.cz/Niklas.Forsberg@upce.cz
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.https://centreforethics.upce.cz/Niklas.Forsberg@upce.cz
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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