Article by Eric Olson: “Apollo 11 made us believe we could do anything – the truth is it could hasten our downfall”

Eric Olson, center member and professor for Philosophy here in Sheffield, just published an article in The Conversation about how technology can't save us from ourselves. In his piece, he reflects on the social uptake of spectacular technological successes like the moon landing, and how societies uphold the subsequent, yet misleading belief, that technologies will …

Understanding Value VIII

The successful Sheffield-based postgraduate conference Understanding Value is going in its eighth round later this month! The annual conference aims to cultivate postgraduate work on value (broadly construed) in a welcoming and inclusive space. At the 24th, 25th and 26th of July there will be many great sessions, discussions and panels - and everybody is …

Supporting Our Transgender Peers in Philosophy

Some recent discussions in academic philosophy have pointed to the negative impact of certain debates about gender and identity, in particular on transgender philosophers (for example, here and here). In light of this, The Philosopher's Cocoon published an article written by centre-members Isela González Vázquez, Jules Holroyd and Rory Wilson, discussing "the kinds of support …

Book-Launch: The Emotional Mind. The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition

The fourth event of the EMOTIONAL BONDS Series is coming up! Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel will introduce their book "The Emotional Mind. The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition". Thursday 23 May 2019, 15.00-17.00HRI Seminar Room, University of Sheffield Synopsis: Tracing the leading role of emotions in the evolution of the mind, a philosopher and a …

Centre-Member Megan Blomfield publishes book on “Global Justice, Natural Resources, and Climate Change”

Today, 21st of May, Megan Blomfield's book is getting published with Oxford University Press! In Global Justice, Natural Resources, and Climate Change, she provides an "innovative and original political theory of natural resource justice and also motivates and applies the theory by reference to the problem of climate change". Description: "To address climate change fairly, …

Talk by Sebastiano Moruzzi: “Towards an Epistemology of Post-Truth”

The Centre for Engaged Philosophy and the Crick Centre have the pleasure to invite you to a talk by Sebastiano Moruzzi (University of Bologna): When? Wednesday the 29th of May, 11am to 12:30pmWhere? ICOSS Conference Room Abstract: The term ‘post-truth’ has been widely used in recent years to characterise a broad epistemic trend in which persons …

#MentalHealthAwareness Week: Alana Wilde on “Ending the Stigma: What We Can Learn From ‘Mad Pride’”

As part of our #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek series, centre member and PhD student Alana Wilde talks about practical ways to combat stigma surrounding mental health, both in philosophy and beyond. Alana’s work relates to mental health related disability more broadly, looking both at what disability is, and how we might better understand or accommodate the views of …