The Oxford Philosophy group at OUP teamed up with Blackwell’s Bookshop Oxford to celebrate Philosophy in all its diversity. From a philosophical balloon debate (where David Hume blew the audience away with a song about the problem of induction) to panels dealing with war, gender, and the ethics of everyday life, we explored a huge variety of philosophical problems and had fun in the process. Here’s a few snapshots of what went on last week.
OUP Philosophy Festival
For one whole week, we celebrated the power and freedom of philosophical thought with the help of Blackwell’s Bookshop. Events ranged from a philosophical balloon debate, lunchtime ‘Philosophy Bites Back’ interviews, and a full day of panel discussions, debates, and talks with some of the most prominent and well-known philosophers of our time.
Nigel Warbuton, presenter of the hugely popular ‘Philosophy Bites’ podcasts gave a series of lunchtime interviews with a diverse range of philosophers. A much better use of a lunch-break than Buzzfeed! Here he speaks with his co-producer David Edmonds on ‘The Trolley Problem’. Photo by Katie Stileman for Oxford University Press.
The Great War Debate
In honour of the WWI centenary year we approached the much broader topics of war, conflict, justice, and killing. Nigel Biggar (left), Jeff McMahan, and Sibylle Scheipers looked back at both historical and current conflicts to shed fresh light on some of philosophy’s oldest questions: Is war ever just? Is pacifism the best way forward? Is killing in war any different from murder? Photo by Jack Campbell-Smith for Oxford University Press.
Peter Adamson, producer of the marvelous ‘History of Philosophy without any gaps’ podcast series. We linked up with Philosophy Now magazine to celebrate Peter’s series of books with OUP, based on the podcast. Photo by Jack Campbell-Smith for Oxford University Press.
The Gender Gap
What can philosophy do to narrow the gender gap? Veronique Mottier, David Papineau, and Jo Wolff covered a diverse range of topics relating to gender and inequality, with Marianne Talbot acting as chairperson. Photo by Jack Campbell-Smith for Oxford University Press.
Even anti-philosophy advocate Professor Richard Dawkins was convinced… almost!
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