Month: October 2012

Speculative Metaphysics MUN Series to Begin this Tuesday

Memorial Philosophy is hosting a series of talks (about nine this year) on metaphysics in memory of our former, long-term chair Jim Bradley. As we get final okays, I’ll announce the coming talks. Should be a great year–lot’s of great scholars coming to MUN, to be capped by Stuart Elden’s (perhaps not-as-speculative-metaphysical) George Storey Lectures in late March. The first talk is informal, with long-time MUN professor Peter Harris kicking off the series. Here is the announcement:

Tuesday, October 30th marks the inaugural of The Bradley Memorial Lecture in Speculative Philosophy:
 
 
The Bradley Memorial Lecture in Speculative Metaphysics
Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall
Description: Inaugural lecture by Dr. Peter Harris. This lecture series will explore and develop those philosophical questions and theories that the late Professor James Bradley described as “speculative.” Given his belief that metaphysical concerns hold implications not only for academic philosophy  but for questions of western politics and culture generally, these lectures are open to all. Please join us in remembering Professor Bradley and continuing the conversation that was so central to his life.

 

Bill Martin Session at SPEP

I was a late add after someone dropped out, but I’m doing (hurricane willing) a longish talk on Bill Martin’s work at SPEP Thursday afternoon. I’ll be talking about the links between his thinking of the future (what he time and again dubs the “call of the future”) and his animal ethics. It’s on the update program–should be fun. But alas, last year’s session on Bill was cancelled due to his bike accident, and hopefully this year it goes on despite the weather coming on the East Coast.

Book Event Today

(Note well: Here is a form for a discount on my book for those who can’t wait for the paperback…35% off)
Just a quick reminder that we are all set for today’s special Book Launch gathering at the Peter Easton Pub. 5-7PM. 
 
We are planning on ordering some Pizzas for the event, so, should be lots of fun….
Please join us as we celebrate the launch of three new books from our department:

PETER GRATTON, 
The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity
 
S.J. MCGRATH, 
The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious
 
ARTHUR SULLIVAN, 
Reference and Structure in the Philosophy of Language: A Defense of Russellian Orthodoxy

Book Launch Friday

Instead of the usual Jockey Club discussion, we’ll have a triple book launch for the department. Here is the info:

This coming Friday, instead of a regular Jockey Club session, we will hold a Philosophy Department Book Launch. Please join us as we celebrate the launch of three new books from our department:

PETER GRATTON, 
The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity
 
S.J. MCGRATH, 
The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious
 
ARTHUR SULLIVAN, 
Reference and Structure in the Philosophy of Language: A Defense of Russellian Orthodoxy
Each author will most likely say a few words (approx 10 minutes) about the text; either a summary or perhaps reading certain selections, etc. This is not a ‘formal’ event and, for the most part, will run just like a regular JC meeting. 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Peter Easton Pub.