Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hegel Society of Great Britain 2015 conference

“Hegel and the Philosophy of Mind” September 3, 2015 to September 4, 2015 At St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Conference Programme
Please note that the registration deadline is 1st August 2015.

Thursday, 3rd September
1.00-1.30 Conference registration
1.30-3.00 Paul Redding (University of Sydney): “Hegel’s Subjective Logic as a Logic for (Hegel’s) Philosophy
 of Mind”
3.30-5.00 Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University): “Life and Mind in Hegel’s Subjective Spirit”
5.30-7.00 Markus Gabriel (Universität Bonn): “Intuitions, Names and Propositions in Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit”

Friday, 4th September
9.30-11.00: Molly Macdonald (Queen Mary, University of London): “Hegel and Psychoanalysis: Negation, Thirdness and the Binding of Subjects”
11.30-1.00 Lucia Ziglioli (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand): “Subjective Knowing: The Challenges of Hegel’s Philosophical Psychology”
Max Winter (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena): “‘Time is the Being of the Subject itself’. Hegel on the Temporality of Spirit”
2.00-3.30 Mark Alznauer (Northwestern University): “Natural and Spiritual Defect in Hegel”

For further details and registration see: http://hegel-society.org.uk/conferences/2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

"How Not to Save the Planet"

. . . is the title of my forthcoming target article at the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment. The abstract:

"Climate change presents us with perhaps the most pressing challenge today. But is it a problem we can solve? This article argues that existing conservationist and adaptation approaches fail to satisfy their objectives. A second issue that these approaches disagree about how best to end climate change, but accept that it is a problem that can be solved. I believe this view is mistaken: a future environmental catastrophe is an event we might at best postpone, but not avoid. This raises new ethical questions for climate change: what are the moral implications of a future climatic catastrophe that might be delayed at best? What practical consequences might these implications yield? This article argues most political philosophers have misunderstood the kind of problem that climate change presents and the daunting challenges we face."


Friday, June 26, 2015

Which philosophy blogs do you read?

Brian Leiter has a poll up now. VOTE HERE for your favourite blogs. Delighted to see The Brooks Blog made the list.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New report out on A Practical Guide to Living in the UK

A link to the report and relevant pages can be found here [READ MORE]. And more. And more still.

The press release that I've sent out is:

New migrant guide is ‘unfit for purpose’
The Government’s guide for migrants features numerous errors and omissions, according to a new report by a Durham University academic.
Thom Brooks, Professor in Law and Government at Durham University said the guide is ‘unfit for purpose’.
His report shows mistakes in the guide’s information on gaining UK residency and citizenship, on marrying or divorcing a non-British citizen and making tax payments.
The Practical Guide to Living in the United Kingdom provides information on health, education, work and volunteering to newly arrived migrants. It is designed to help migrants understand the legal requirements for short and long-term residency ‘to settle in quickly and enjoy your new life’.
Professor Brooks, himself originally from the US and a British citizen since 2011, uncovered surprising omissions such as how to report emergencies to the police and calculating and paying income and council taxes. He also found outdated information.
Professor Brooks said: “The Government published a new citizenship test in 2013 which was like a bad pub quiz. They claimed migrants should know more about their responsibilities than rights to claim benefits.
“Ironically, the new Practical Guide includes more information about claiming benefits than ever before”.
The guide provides migrants with information about claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, legal aid and using the small claims courts.
Professor Brooks added: “It is unsurprising the author of the Practical Guide also wrote the Official Study Guide for the citizenship test. Both contain avoidable errors and omissions that should be obvious to anyone, like me, who has experienced migration first-hand. It makes me wonder how carefully such guides are checked by the Home Office”.
Professor Brooks’s report found more information about the health service, education and work in the Practical Guide for new migrants than the UK citizenship test.
He said: “This shows the Government has the wrong priorities. If it isn’t necessary for new citizens, why then for new migrants? The focus surely must be on contributing to British life and not a how-to guide to make claims for people who might not have visited the UK yet”.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy 800th birthday, Magna Carta!

Yesterday marked 800 years since the Magna Carta's signing in 1215. The Political Studies Association asked me if I'd make a brief video about the importance of the Magna Carta for political theorists to mark the occasion. The video can be found here.