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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to present

The Graham Kennedy Memorial Lecture

given by

Dr. Rachael Wiseman, University of Liverpool

The Golden Age of Female Philosophy?  Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch

Thursday, September 20, 4:00 pm, Watson Hall 517

A reception will follow at the University Club, Stuart Street

Poster to follow.

Abstract: Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, and Mary Midgley met and became friends at Oxford University as Undergraduates. The four began their studies in 1938, just before the outbreak of WWII. When war was declared, many of the University dons and male students were enlisted in war work. As a result these women enjoyed a university environment that was, for the first time, predominantly female. In this talk I will introduce their philosophy and consider how important the wartime conditions were to its development. I will also reflect upon the broader implications of admitting into the cannon an all-female philosophical school.

Bio: Dr. Wiseman is a Lecturer at University of Liverpool. She works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, action and ethics and publishes on Wittgenstein and Anscombe. With Clare MacCumhaill (Durham University) she co-directs the In Parenthesis project, which explores the work and friendships of four women philosophers who met at Oxford during WWII: Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch ( Before joining the department at Liverpool, she studied at University College London and University of York and was an Addison Wheeler Research Fellow at Durham.


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Fall Schedule

September 20   Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool, Graham Kennedy Memorial Lecture)

                            The Golden Age of Female Philosophy?  Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch

September 27   Eva Meijer (University of Amsterdam)

October 4         Henry Laycock (Queen’s)

October 11       Chris Lebron (Johns Hopkins University, Brockington Lecture jointly sponsored by Political Studies and

                           The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity CSDD)

October 11       Janice Porteous (Vancouver Island University)

October 25       No Talk (Fall Break)

November 1      Lorne MacLaughlin (Queen’s)

November 8      Robert Card (SUNY-Oswego)

November 15    Jeff Moriarty (Bentley University) 

November 22    Lev Marder (USC/Queen’s)

November 29    Tom Parr (Essex)


Winter Schedule

January 10       Philosophy of Race Candidate

January 17       Philosophy of Race Candidate

January 24       Philosophy of Race Candidate

January 31       Philosophy of Race Candidate

February 7       Philosophy of Race Candidate

February 14     Jeremy Butler (Queen’s)    

February 21     No Talk (Reading Week)

February 28     tba

March 1           Omar Bachour (Queen's)

March 8           tba

March 15         tba

March 22         tba

March 29         Jose Medina (Northwestern University, Sutherland Lecture)