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…

Conference call for participation and programme: The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals (Rothbury, 18-19 September)

The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals 9am Thursday 18 September – 5pm Friday 19 September 2014 Rothbury Golf Club, Northumberland, England What are the ethical issues associated with the creation of ‘cultured flesh’ and flesh from animals with ‘enhanced’ properties, including reduced capacities for sentience and increased nutritional benefits? How do we assess Read the full article…

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies (CfP, Conference, Switzerland, 26-28 Jan 2015)

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland 26-28 January, 2015 There is broad evidence indicating that the total number of persons experiencing disability has increased substantially in recent times. Emerging biotechnologies offer the possibility to affect and transform (and disrupt) many aspects of life of those Read the full article…

Four Meditations on Happiness – reviewed by Rob Boddice

‘Four Meditations on Happiness’ by Michael Hampe (Atlantic Books, 2014) What if, at the conclusion of Plato’s Republic, Plato had appended a short essay of explanation? Would it have robbed the dialogue of its allure, or added to its mystery? Michael Hampe’s book engages in a philosophical tradition of speaking through fictional voices, and I say with some trepidation Read the full article…

Waste: A Philosophy of Things

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce the publication of Leverhulme Research Fellow Dr Will Winey’s Waste: A Philosophy of Things (Bloomsbury 2014). Readers of the CMH blog are invited to read the Introduction here and to use the discount code – GLR D3D – to get 35% off the retail price. *** Why are Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human (Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 19-20 June 2014)

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin 19-20 June, 2014 Organised by Luna Dolezal (TCD) and Dylan Trigg (UCD) This conference will bring together leading scholars working in Philosophy,Medical Humanities, Medicine, and related disciplines whose work critically engages with the status of the body. Central to Read the full article…

‘Sleep / Agency / Activity’ Roundtable Discussion, Durham University, 8th May 2014 – Review

Patrick Levy, Philosophy PhD Candidate at Sussex University, writes: There is a certain degree of irony in a student of the philosophy of sleep sacrificing a substantial slice of sleep in order to attend a workshop on, amongst other things, sleep. With varying degrees of sleep deprivation (confessions of such abounded throughout the day) those Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 2) : Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

SEAWEED! The news here calls it a “relentless three-day onslaught of seaweed that piled up on beaches at a rate not seen in years, leaving mounds of Sargassum several feet high in places”. The Galveston Park Board executive director said  “This is probably the worst case of seaweed we’ve seen in at least the last Read the full article…