International philosophers head to Murdoch

November 16, 2011

International and national speakers will descend on Murdoch later this month for two public philosophy events.

Murdoch University in collaboration with the Australasian Phenomenology and Hermeneutics Association (APHA) will host Judgement, Responsibility, and the Life-World: The Phenomenological Critique of Formalism on November 28-29, 2011.

Professor Dermot Moran from Dublin’s University College, Ivan Chvatik Dr.h.c. from Charles University in Prague and Murdoch’s Dr Lubica Ucnik will present at the two-day workshop, which is a part of the Australian Research Council funded international project Judgement, Responsibility and the Life-World.

Dr Ucnik said the project, which builds on the work of phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Jan Patočka, investigates the role of responsibility.

“Jan Patočka suggests that we tend to believe that a successful model from natural science can be used to predict human behaviour,” said Dr Ucnik.

“The reliance on formal models brought about the environmental crisis that we have finally become aware of. The various speakers will address the connection between formalisation, life-world and our human responsibility in the midst of our present environmental crisis.”

Following this workshop Murdoch will host the annual Philosophy Colloquium on November 30. Ten philosophers from a range of backgrounds in Australia and Ireland will draw upon the theme of Friendship and Philosophical Discussion for the all-day event held at Murdoch’s Brian Hill Lecture Theatre.

The colloquium is hosted by the Murdoch Philosophy Program in conjunction with the Krishna Somers Foundation for Diaspora Studies, the Murdoch School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of Arts, Education and Creative Media.

“Our goal is to provide a forum for the vital exchange of ideas in a supportive, collegial atmosphere, as well as to foster ties between philosophy departments, staff and students,” said Dr Ucnik.

“It’s exciting to see so many students and academics from non-philosophy departments showing interest in the Philosophy Colloquium and we expect an equally mixed and philosophically spirited approach to Friendship and Philosophy”.

Guest speakers at the colloquium include:

Prof Stephan Millett (Curtin University)
Dr Laura D’Olimpio (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia)
Dr Mick O’Leary (Climate Scientist, University of Notre Dame Australia)
Tim Elbery (Deakin University)
Dr Riccardo Baldissone (Curtin University)
Dr Tim Flanagan (independent researcher)
Matthew Jamieson (Philosophy, Murdoch University)
Dr Jim Trotter (Theology, Murdoch University)
A/Prof Barry Maund (Philosophy, University of Western Australia)
Dr Alexander Jensen (Theology, Murdoch University)

Both events are open to staff and students from all universities.

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