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Well done to Brian Pines!

I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating Brian Pines on his successful PhD viva yesterday afternoon. Brian’s thesis was on the concept of life in Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He was supervised by Douglas Burnham and Martin Jesinghausen, and the … Continue reading

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Congratulations again to Matt Harris

Here’s a pic of Dr Matt Harris following his graduation yesterday. Special prize – a funny hat! (Click on the title link to see it.)

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Matt Harris – new book on Gianni Vattimo

Congratulations to Matt Harris on the publication of his new book, Essays on Gianni Vattimo: Religion, Ethics, and the History of Ideas.  http://www.cambridgescholars.com/essays-on-gianni-vattimo It’s a great achievement to publish a book before completing your PhD. Matt defends his thesis on Vattimo and … Continue reading

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Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics

Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics One-Day Workshop, May 19th 2016 L316 (Flaxman Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent) The scientific concept of entropy, or the tendency of physical systems to evolve toward equilibrium and inactivity, has a well-established central place in the history … Continue reading

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Cavaillès and Lautman translation

Urbanomic has set up a new website, http://www.urbanomic.com. Of particular interest is the first translation into English of the exchange between Jean Cavaillès and Albert Lautman, published in French as ‘La pensée mathématique,’ which you can find here. This is … Continue reading

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Inflationistas against nihilism

Some time ago, Paul Krugman gave the name inflationistas to those political and economic commentators who consistently, and in spite of the evidence, looked at the post crisis economic landscape and gave doom-laden warnings of spiralling inflation. Austerity economics was … Continue reading

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Foucault on anthropology, and the festival of the mad

I’ve just come back from a visit to the Centre for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon, where I gave two talks. The first was on Foucault’s reading of the Oedipus story in Lectures on the Will to … Continue reading

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On Character

For some time now I’ve been thinking on and off about the concept of character and I’ll use this blog as a way of trying to give those thoughts a little more shape. I became interested in character for a … Continue reading

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Laws as regularities that evolve – Lucretius, Serres, Smolin. UPDATE

Some months ago I wrote: “I’m starting work on a paper examining the conception of physical law in Michel Serres’ reading of Lucretius (to be published by EUP in a collection of work on contemporary encounters with Ancient metaphysics, edited … Continue reading

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Conference Report: ‘St Paul in Continental Philosophy’

In June 2014, Staffordshire University organised and hosted a conference on ‘St Paul in Continental Philosophy.’ A report of the conference has now been published in the journal Badiou Studies, including a summary of the papers presented. You can read the … Continue reading

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