Conference on Aesthetic Emotions: Register Now
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CONFERENCE: AESTHETIC EMOTIONS August 22-23 Senate House, London Funded by a British Society of Aesthetics Connections Grant Registration is free and can be completed HERE (register by August 14th) Organised by: Alex Grzankowski (Birkbeck) & Cain Todd (Lancaster) This will be a 2-day event featuring 9 speakers representing the … Read More

Video Games and Virtual Ethics Conference
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VIDEO GAMES AND VIRTUAL ETHICS CONFERENCE Friday, July 21, 2017 – 09:30 to Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 17:30 Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London Is it morally wrong to play violent video games? Academics across … Read More

Registration open: Religion and Aesthetics conference (26-27th July, University of Nottingham)
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Religion and Aesthetics conference 26-27th July University of Nottingham Aesthetic considerations have frequently played an important role within various religious traditions. For example, certain religious doctrines ascribe beauty to God, to various religious exemplars, and even to the cosmos itself. … Read More

CFA: Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination
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Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination 5-6 October 2017 Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science Organisers: Fiora Salis (LSE) and Michael T. Stuart (LSE) Sponsored by the British Society … Read More

London Aesthetics Forum: Some Puzzles About Adaptation
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James Harold (Mt. Holyoke) Turning a work of literature into a movie: some puzzles about adaptation Date: 24 May 2017, 16:00 to 18:00 Venue: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Abstract The adaptation of stories from one medium … Read More

Aesthetics Today Symposium
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University of Kent, Canterbury, June 5-6 Marking the 10th anniversary of the Aesthetics Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Kent, Aesthetics Today will begin with a symposium on June 5 aiming to generate discussion concerning the most general principles and questions preoccupying … Read More

2017 Biennial Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group
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Department of Music and Department of Philosophy, King’s College London 13-14 July 2017 http://musicandphilosophy.ac.uk/mpsg2017/ We are delighted to announce that the programme has been released — and that registration for the 2017 Biennial Conference of the RMA Music and Philosophy … Read More

Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Transparency, Imagination, and Time in Aesthetic Experience
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its next lecture: Dr Cain Todd (Lancaster) “Transparency, Imagination, and Time in Aesthetic Experience” Thursday, 27 April, 2017, 4:15 – 6:00pm Room 1.20, Dugald Stewart Building, University of Edinburgh The lecture is … Read More

SAF: Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its next lecture: Dr Hans Maes (Kent) “Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits” Thursday, 6 April, 2017, 4:15 – 6:00pm 7 Bristo Square, Room G.009 – Richard Verney Health Centre, … Read More

LAF: What is Abstraction in Photography?
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What is Abstraction in Photography? Diarmuid Costello (Warwick) Date: 22 Mar 2017, 16:00 to 18:00 Venue: Holden Room 103, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Abstract On the default view, photography is at bottom an automatic process … Read More

SAF: Those Pesky Categories of Fact and Fiction
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its next lecture: Professor Derek Matravers (Open University) “Those Pesky Categories of Fact and Fiction” Tuesday, 7 March, 2017, 4:15 – 6:00pm Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre – Doorway 1 (Medical School, Teviot) … Read More

CFP: Video Games and Virtual Ethics
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Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London July 21-22, 2017 Is it morally wrong to play violent video games? Academics across numerous disciplines have taken an interest in these issues. Excellent work can be found in philosophy, … Read More

CFP: 21st-Century Theories of Literature: Ethics, Tropes, Attunement
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University of Warwick, 6-8/4/2017 NB: the deadline for the call for papers has been extended until 25/1. We particularly welcome new proposals on the themes of “tropes” and “attunement”. Confirmed keynote speakers: Derek Attridge (York); Claudia Brodsky (Princeton); Maximilian de … Read More

London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy): Brian Ball
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 234 Brian Ball (New College of the Humanities) Artistic Priorities In this paper, I articulate and defend two explanatory priority theses in the theory of art. The first is … Read More

London Aesthetics Forum: The Power of Pictures
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday 7th December 2016, 16:00-18:00 Senate House, Room 234 Anne Eaton (University of Illinois, Chicago) The Power of Pictures Most of the conversation about pictures in contemporary analytic philosophy of art concerns issues pertaining … Read More

Propaganda, Pornography, Pictures, and Persuasion
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its upcoming lecture: Professor A. W. Eaton (University of Illinois, Chicago) “Propaganda, Pornography, Pictures, and Persuasion” Monday 5 December, 2016, 4:15 – 6:00pm Room 1.20, Dugald Stewart Building, University of Edinburgh The … Read More

Galleries of Inquiry: Philosophy’s contribution to curating, learning, and public engagement practices of today’s artworld
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17 November 2016 10.00-16.00 Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX In celebration of the International Philosophy Day, this one-day workshop explores the role of philosophical reflection in learning, curating and public engagement programmes of arts organisations. Drawing its … Read More

Aesthetics Bites Podcast Episode 1
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Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series that brings together some of the world’s leading philosophers for interviews about the most fascinating questions at the intersection of art, aesthetics and philosophy. A collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites, … Read More

Wollheim Lecturer announced
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This year it fell to the BSA to nominate a UK-based philosopher to give the Wollheim Lecture at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics. We are delighted that the ASA Trustees have enthusiastically voted to accept … Read More

White Rose Aesthetics Forum
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The White Rose Aesthetics Forum (WRAF) is pleased to invite you to its one-day conference on philosophical aesthetics, which will take place on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at the University of Sheffield. This conference was made possible by the generous … Read More

Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics: New Issue
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A new issue of the Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics has just been published: pjaesthetics.org. This issue features two of the strongest papers from the British Society of Aesthetics first postgraduate conference, Interact! The abstracts for the two articles are as … Read More

Call for Registration: Understanding Value V
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Registration: http://understandingvalue.weebly.com/registration.html Dates: 27th–29th July, 2016 Location: The University of Sheffield Understanding Value is an annual conference for postgraduates and recent PhDs dedicated to the philosophical discussion of value. The theme’s breadth means that the conference has an extremely diverse … Read More

Reminder: Aesthetics, Fashion and Psychology
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A final reminder that registration for the Conference on Aesthetics, Fashion and Psychology closes soon. The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference … Read More

London Aesthetics Forum: A new theory of ‘imaginative resistance’
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Date: 15/06/2016 – 16:00 – 18:00 Institute: Institute of Philosophy Type: Seminar Venue: Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker Kathleen Stock (Sussex) Abstract Imaginative resistance’ is a phenomenon supposedly encountered with respect to certain … Read More

White Rose Aesthetics Forum 2016
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The WRAF (White Rose Aesthetics Forum) is pleased to announce its 2016 conference, generously funded by the British Society of Aesthetics and hosted by the University of Sheffield (UK). This will be a one-day event on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. … Read More

Conference on Aesthetics, Fashion and Psychology
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The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetic and psychological issues raised by fashion. The conference will take place that … Read More

Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday, 18 May 2016 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 243 Hans Maes (Kent) Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits This paper presents a close analysis of Steve Pyke’s famous series … Read More

LAF: Bringing Literature Back Into The Philosophy Of Literature
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 243 Wolfgang Huemer (Parma) Bringing Literature Back Into The Philosophy Of Literature Judging from the amount of recent publications, in particular that of … Read More

SAF: Descriptivism and Its Discontents
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to present: Professor David Davies (McGill) “Descriptivism and Its Discontents” Thursday, 28th April, 2016, 4:00 – 5:30pm S37 (Room 2.37), 7 George Square, University of Edinburgh The lecture is free and open to all! … Read More

LAF: Peter Kivy
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday,16 March 2016 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 246 Peter Kivy (Rutgers) Knowledge and Novel Knowledge: Quelle Difference? I have written often and at times at length on the question of whether … Read More

CFP: Just a Game? The Aesthetics and Ethics of Video Games
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Deadline 15th March 2016 24–25 June 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury Video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. Many of them possess a wide array of artistic and aesthetic qualities and there is growing … Read More

British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference
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1st-2nd April 2016, University of Southampton, UK We are pleased to be able to open the call for registration to the 2016 BSA Postgraduate Conference. This conference will provide a platform for postgraduate aestheticians to present their research and share … Read More

SAF: Catharine Abell on The Interpretation of Fiction
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to present: Dr Catharine Abell (Manchester) “The Interpretation of Fiction” Friday, 18th March, 2016, 4:00 – 5:30pm Room 3.11, Dugald Stewart Building University of Edinburgh www.facebook.com/events/234931056842705/ The lecture is free and open to all! … Read More

LAF: Imaginative Envisioning: Challenges in Rilke and Kafka
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday, 10 February 2016 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 243 Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei (Fordham) Imaginative Envisioning: Challenges in Rilke and Kafka To see or perceive visually is one thing; to introspectively imagine or … Read More

Confined Projections
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Symposium and Film Screening On Cinema, Embodiment and the Aesthetics of Pornograph Information and registration: confinedprojections With the generous support of: The British Society of Aesthetics The Aesthetics Research Centre, University of Kent The Centre for Film and Media Research, … Read More

LAF: Causes and Quasi-Miracles in Narrative Understanding
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 243 Emily Caddick Bourne (Cambridge) Causes and Quasi-Miracles in Narrative Understanding Narratives provide understanding of the events they represent, organising them, as David Velleman puts it, into an intelligible … Read More

Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Professor Gregory Currie
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The lecture is free and open to all! Abstract: “Pictures are surfaces with marks on them. Different kinds of pictures have different kinds of marks, produced in different ways. The marks themselves have an interest in painting and drawing which … Read More

Poetry, Criticism, and the End of Art: Herder and the Promise of Enlightenment Aesthetics
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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday, 28th October 2015 | 16:00 – 18:00 Senate House, Room 243 Kristin Gjesdal (Temple) Poetry, Criticism, and the End of Art: Herder and the Promise of Enlightenment Aesthetics The talk will be free … Read More

London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy): Kendall Walton
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Wednesday, 23rd September 2015 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 234 Kendall Walton (University of Michigan/Stanford University) How to Think about Fiction (and how not to) The talk will be free and open to all. For more information please … Read More

Perception and the Arts: British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference
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Institute of Philosophy, London, September 16-17, 2015. The conceptual apparatus of philosophy of perception has been used in as diverse corners of aesthetics and philosophy of art as debates about depiction, aesthetic experiences, character engagement, our engagement with fictions, our … Read More

CFP: Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics on the work of Stephen Davies
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www.pjaesthetics.org The Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics invites high quality contributions for a special issue on the work of Professor Stephen Davies (University of Auckland) to be published in mid-2016. The deadline for receipt of submission is: 15 February 2016. We … Read More

Registration: Perception and the Arts – A BSA Connections Conference
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September 16-17, 2015, Institute of Philosophy, London The conceptual apparatus of philosophy of perception has been used in as diverse corners of aesthetics and philosophy of art as debates about depiction, aesthetic experiences, character engagement, our engagement with fictions, our … Read More

Fifth Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group
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We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the Fifth Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group Strand Campus, King’s College London 17-18 July 2015 Co-hosted by the Departments of Music and Philosophy … Read More

Understanding Value IV
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Call for Registration: Understanding Value IV, University of Sheffield, 29th – 31st of July Keynote Speakers: •Eileen John (Warwick) •Simon James (Durham) •Holly Lawford-Smith (Sheffield) We are glad to announce that registration for the ‘Understanding Value IV’ conference, at the … Read More

Women in Philosophy: A Mentoring and Networking Workshop
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22nd–23rd June 2015, Humanities Research Centre, University of York Registration is now open for the SWIP-associated mentoring and networking workshop for graduate and early career women in philosophy. We invite women to register for the workshop by Monday 1st June … Read More

Video: The Emotions of Others
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The Emotions of Others explores our understanding of the knowledge of emotions and their signature facial expressions. The documentary essay features a diverse range of filmed participants, combined with a conversation between a ‘voice of doubt’ and a ‘voice of … Read More

CFP: Aesthetics and Normativity
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26-27 June 2015, University of Kent Sponsors British Society for Aesthetics Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Keynote Speakers Maria Alvarez (KCL) Carla Bagnoli (Pisa) Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open) John Hyman (Oxford) Aaron Ridley (Southampton) Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann (Uppsala) … Read More

Eating Well: Experience and Value in Meals
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​Friday 27 March 2015, University of Warwick Please join us for a day of wide-ranging discussion of the complex goods, experiences, processes, problems, and creative possibilities that converge in meals. Speakers and roundtable participants: Dr Rosemary Collier; Dr Carol Bryce; … Read More

CFP: RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group Conference
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The fifth Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, in collaboration with the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the American Musicological Society and De Musica – Laboratório de Estética e Filosofia da Música (Brasil). Optional) … Read More

UPDATED CFP: Race and Aesthetics A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference
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19-20 May 2015, Leeds, UK (Please note the revised submission deadline and format.) We invite papers that are on the conference themes: the psychological, political, and methodological intersections between philosophical studies of race and aesthetics. Please send either a *4000-word … Read More

The New Philosophy of Photography
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13-14 February 2015, 09:30 – 18:30 A collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts at the University of Warwick. Hosted by the Institute for Philosophy, London: Fri 13- Sat 14 … Read More

LAF: An illocutionary account of truth in fiction
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Catharine Abell (Manchester) Wednesday, 4th February 2014 | 16.00 – 18.00 Senate House, Room 102 I argue that what’s true according to a fiction is given by the contents of authors’ fiction-making illocutionary acts. According to this account, much less … Read More

CFP: Perception and the Arts
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Institute of Philosophy, London, September 16-17, 2015. The conceptual apparatus of philosophy of perception has been used in as diverse corners of aesthetics and philosophy of art as debates about depiction, aesthetic experiences, character engagement, our engagement with fictions, our … Read More

Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Aesthetic Agency and Value
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The Scottish Aesthetics Forum, supported by the BSA and SPA, proudly presents its inaugural public lecture: Professor Dominic McIver Lopes: “Aesthetic Agency and Value” Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 4:15-6pm University of Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, 3.11 “A theory of aesthetic … Read More

CFP: Race and Aesthetics – A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference
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19-20th May 2015, Leeds, UK CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Alia Al-Saji (McGill University) Nathaniel Adam Tobias C̶o̶l̶e̶m̶a̶n̶ (University College London) Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University) A.W. Eaton (University of Illinois – Chicago) Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma) Ron Mallon (Washington University in … Read More

LAF: Experiencing Photographs: Between Perception and Memory
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Paloma Atencia-Linares (Kent) @ London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) Wednesday, 14 January 2015 (4-6pm) Senate House, G35 In this talk I explore the peculiar phenomenology of photographic pictorial experience and propose a novel account for the special relation in … Read More

Philosophy in the Gallery: Joanna Straczowski
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Thursday, 4th December 2014 (17:30 – 19:00) Venue: Group Reception Room Cost: £5 / £3 concessions Booking essential In conjunction with the University of Liverpool and the British Society of Aesthetics, Tate Liverpool presents a Philosophy in the Gallery event. … Read More

Philosophy in the Gallery: Panayiota Vassilopoulou
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Tuesday 2 December 2014 6pm-7pm / Free / Booking required As part of “Philosophy in the Gallery” series in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the British Society of Aesthetics, Dr Panayiota Vassilopoulou leads an evening of talks and … Read More

UPDATED CFA: Improvisation in Dance – A Philosophical Perspective
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***Please note the changed dates and extended deadline*** Sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics at Leeds and the British Society of Aesthetics May 21-22, 2015, University of Leeds, UK Keynote Speakers: Renee M. Conroy (Philosophy, Purdue-Calumet; Fulbright Scholar in Dance, … Read More

Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture Series
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The University of Liverpool and the BSA are delighted to invite you to the fourth talk in the BSA Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture Series, which take place on Thursday 9 October 2014 at FACT : Big Data 1.0 + … Read More

INTERACT! British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference
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7-8 February 2015, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK We are pleased to announce the first British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference: Interact! This conference is intended to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate students to share and discuss … Read More

Shakespeare: The Philosopher
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University of Hertfordshire, 12-13 September 2014 Speakers include: Miranda Anderson (Edinburgh) Owen Anderson (Princeton & Arizona State University) Sophie Battell (Cardiff) Katie Brennan (Temple University) Gregory Currie (York) Max de Gaynesford (Reading) Adele-France Jourdan (K.U. Leuven) Derek Matravers (Open University) … Read More

The Aesthetic Aims of Science
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A London Aesthetics Forum at the Institute of Philosophy 8 September 2014, Senate House, London (Room G34) Registration is free but required. The aim of science is a topic often broached amongst philosophers of science: it deeply informs their discussions … Read More

Conference report: Aesthetics of Rhythm workshop
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The organisers and participants agreed that the workshop was a great success. It aims were achieved both as a public event, and in terms of developing contributions to the forthcoming volume on Aesthetics of Rhythm. Participants commented that there was … Read More

Conference report: While We’re Waiting for Kick Off: The Aesthetics of Football
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Aesthetics Research Centre, University of Kent, 19 June 2014 The symposium While We’re Waiting for Kick Off: The Aesthetics of Football took place on Thursday 19th June in The Lupino Screening Room at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and … Read More

British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference: Interact!
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INTERACT! British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference 7-8 February 2015 | University of Kent, Canterbury, UK Call for papers We are pleased to announce the first British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference: Interact! This conference is intended to provide a … Read More

BSA Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture: Danielle Sands on Mondrian and his Studios
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Tate Liverpool, Thursday 19 June 2014, 5.30-7pm £5, £3 concessions Join Dr Danielle Sands, Philosophy Tutor at Queen Mary University London, as she discusses some of the key works in Mondrian and his Studios. To book or for further information, … Read More

Music and Philosophy Conference
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Fourth Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, in collaboration with the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the American Musicological Society King’s College London, 27-28 June, 2014 Co-hosted by the Departments of Music and … Read More

BSA Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture Series – Social Technologies and the Storied Self
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The University of Liverpool and the BSA are delighted to announce the launch of the BSA Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture Series, which will be taking place throughout North-West England over the coming months. The opening talk takes place on … Read More

Colloquium: The Aesthetics of Rhythm
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Music Department, Palace Green, Durham University 28-29 June 2014 Andy Hamilton and Max Paddison are hosting a colloquium on “The Aesthetics of Rhythm”, as part of their project on this a neglected topic in aesthetics.  The project draws on philosophical … Read More

BSA Cambridge Lecture Series
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The final two of the BSA Cambridge Lecture Series are as follows: 22 April: Kathleen Stock, University of Sussex: ‘Sexual Objectification, Perception, and Images’. 1 May: Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland: ‘Ain’t that a Shame: Shame in General, and Shame … Read More

Realism and Antirealism in Aesthetics and Metaethics
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A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference University of Cambridge, 9-10 August 2014 http://www.aestheticsandmetaethics.com Speakers: Russ Shafer-Landau Paul Boghossian Jessica Wilson Rob Hopkins Max Kolbel Simon Kirchin Angela Breitenbach More TBA Are there facts about whether something is beautiful, or … Read More