WEBINAR

Metaphysical Animals

Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman with Elly Vintiadis

Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley, Philippa Foot and Elizabeth Anscombe were philosophy students at Oxford during the Second World War when most male undergraduates (and many tutors) were conscripted. Taught by refugee scholars, women and conscientious objectors, the four friends developed a philosophy that could respond to the war’s darkest revelations. In this conversation with Elly Vintiadis, philosophers Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman will show how from the disorder and despair of the war, four brilliant friends brought philosophy back to life and created a way of ethical thinking that is there for us today.


Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman are philosophy lecturers and friends. Mac Cumhaill is an expert in the philosophy of perception and aesthetics at Durham University; Wiseman lectures at Liverpool University and is a recognised authority on the work of Elizabeth Anscombe. Their book Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life is published in February by Allen Lane. https://twitter.com/parenthesis_in


Elly Vintiadis is a philosopher of mind and psychiatry at Deree – The American College of Greece. Her work focuses on the mind, its products and disorders, and the nature of their dependence on the social environment, as well as epistemology, metaphilosophy and ethics. https://ellyvintiadis.com / https://twitter.com/EllyVintiadis

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Monday 31st January

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)