Quality of Life, Happiness and Choice (Public Lecture, University of Bradford, 25 March 2015)

‘Quality of life’ is now a central theme in both political policies and patient care, and there is a Quality of Life Index. Additionally, many overlapping terms have been used in reports with their own tables such as the ‘World Happiness Report’, the ‘Where to be Born Index’ a ‘Livability Index’ and many similar surveys, Read the full article…

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ reviewed by Dr Thomas Lawrence Long

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, 2014) In the final chapter of this global survey of ethical systems written for a popular audience, Kenan Malik recalls T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’, which admonishes us that ‘to make an end is to make a beginning’. So Read the full article…

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages (CfP, Conference, 11-12 Sept 2015, Oxford)

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages 11-12 September 2015 St Anne’s College, Oxford University Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency Read the full article…

Hearing the Voice Research Seminar Series (2014-2015, Durham University)

The Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series is designed to provide a platform for HtV researchers to share the detailed findings of their research and gain feedback from a wider audience.  Anyone with an interest in interdisciplinary research on voice-hearing or auditory hallucination is welcome to attend. The programme for 2015 is as follows: Thursday Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme

We are pleased to offer ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme (MIT, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly from those with an interest in psychology, philosophy and psychopathy. ‘Psychopathy has been the subject of investigations in both philosophy and psychiatry and yet the Read the full article…

Suicide – A Defence. Simon Critchley Public Lecture (Durham Castle, 3 December 2014)

Durham Castle Lecture Series 3 December 2014 – 8pm Great Hall, Durham Castle “Suicide – A Defence” Prof. Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor, New School of Social Research, New York Abstract: I have a very simple idea: to write a philosophical defense of the right to suicide in the attempt to get us all to Read the full article…

Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

Women’s Bodies (Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland, Conference, 21-22 Nov 2014)

Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting The theme for this year’s conference is Women’s Bodies November 21 and 22 Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland The conference, with over 45 speakers, examines philosophical and socio-political issues relevant to the gendered body. Topics covered will include ‘the social Read the full article…

Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self Love – reviewed by Dr Julie Walsh

‘Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’ by Simon Blackburn (Princeton University Press, 2014). Simon Blackburn’s Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love endeavours to bring the philosophical wisdoms of Aristotle, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant (to name a few) to bear on the contemporary cultural configurations of a destructive narcissism. Read the full article…

Women’s Bodies (CfP, Conference, Society for Women in Philosophy, Dublin, 21-22 Nov 2014)

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting 21st – 22nd November 2014, Newman House, Dublin 2, Ireland Conference Theme: Women’s Bodies Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in the body, particularly the gendered body. This interest has been fostered by critical work emanating from the fields of philosophy, sociology, gender studies, cultural Read the full article…