I will be talking about some of the project themes at this public engagement talk in Dundee on Oct. 8.
Forum for European Philosophy & The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy
Public Engagement Talk
University of Dundee
Date and Time: Wed, Oct 8, 2014; 6pm-7.15pm
Location: Oxfam Bookstore, 45 Reform Street, Dundee City Centre DD1 1SL
“Is Equality Good for us?”
Dr Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen)
We all think equality is a good thing. Equality seems to be in the news every day, from Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book about economic inequality to the introduction of gay marriage legislation to arguments for better gender balance on company boards. Inequality, and the demand for greater equality, are central to people’s lives. But what do we mean by equality, and are some kinds better for us than others? How can it contribute to our wellbeing as individuals and communities? In this session we will see how philosophy can help us to figure out what we mean by equality and why we think it is so important.
Spinoza and Proportion
A conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project
5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Please note change of date)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline 1 December 2014
This conference will explore proportion in Spinoza’s philosophy. We are interested in papers that treat any aspect of this topic both within and outside of philosophy; interdisciplinary papers, and papers from people at any career stage (including PhD students) are welcome. Papers should fit broadly into one of three thematic areas:
- Geometrical proportion. For example, papers could address the geometrical method, Spinoza’s use of mathematical and geometrical examples, ratio and analogy, or connections between Spinoza’s philosophy and music, drawing, building, or design.
- Proportions of individuals. For example, papers could address proportions of motion and rest, proportions of reason and imagination, relational properties, adequacy, parallelism, or part-whole relations.
- Proportion in communities. For example, papers could address proportions of power in political systems, proportional representation, distributive justice, equality, similitude and difference in community building, or freedom proportionate to power.
Please send a 300-word abstract to Beth Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 December 2014. Please indicate your name, institutional affiliation, and whether you are a staff member or PhD student. Participants will be informed by the end of December. Travel funding, accommodation, and conference dinner will be provided for all speakers.
Beth Lord will be presenting research related to the Equalities of Wellbeing project in Sydney and Wollongong this month:
18-25 August: 5-day postgraduate seminar on Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza, University of Sydney
20 August: Research seminar on “Ratios and Relational Autonomy” at the University of Wollongong
22 August: Research seminar on “Ratios and Relational Autonomy” in the SHAPE seminar, University of Sydney
26 August: Paper on “Debt, charity, and redistribution in Spinoza’s state” at the workshop Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza, University of Sydney
Beth Lord will be presenting her research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project at this workshop, immediately following SEP-FEP 2014.
Beth Lord, Peg Rawes, and Christopher Thomas will be presenting papers at the annual joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy (SEP-FEP 2014) at the University of Utrecht, Sept. 3-5, 2014.
We are delighted to be joined by Caroline Williams on our panel, “Self-Determination in Spinoza: Interdisciplinary Approaches”, on Sept. 5.
Beth Lord – ‘Spinoza’s Ratios and Relational Autonomy’
Peg Rawes – Spinoza’s Geometric Thinking and Housing Rights’
Christopher Thomas – ‘Spinoza’s Problem of Indeterminacy and Melville’s Bartleby’
Caroline Williams – ‘Thinking Nature After Spinoza: Towards a Morphology of Subjectivity’
SEP-FEP is the largest annual conference of continental philosophy in Europe. Programme, information and registration information can be found here: http://philosophyafternature.org/
Beth Lord will be speaking at this workshop in Sydney on her research stemming from the Equalities of Wellbeing project.
Beth Lord will give a short talk and lead a discussion on some of the project themes as part of the University of Aberdeen’s Cafe Philosophique series. Cafe Philosophique is a series that allows you to discover, discuss, and question the big ideas in philosophy in a relaxed, informal setting. This is a free, public event – no need to book in advance, and everyone is welcome!
Mon. 16 June, 2014, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Blue Lamp Pub, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen
Beth Lord: Is Equality Good for Us?
We all think equality is a good thing. But are some kinds of equality better than others? We’ll explore what we mean by equality and how it can contribute to our wellbeing as individuals and communities.
There is a press release/news item on the University of Aberdeen website here.