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Fakultät Humanwissenschaften und Theologie

Oxford Realism in Context

Studierende sitzen zum Studienstart in einer Vorlesung. © Oliver Schaper​/​TU Dortmund

Until recently, the standard narrative of the emergence of analytic philosophy in the late 19th and early 20th century focused overwhelmingly on realist responses to British Idealism at Cambridge. But at around the same time, if not earlier, realism had already become a corner stone of philosophical practice at Oxford, in large part thanks to John Cook Wilson’s teaching. Partly due to their publication practices, Oxford realists did not come to dominate English-speaking philosophical venues in the way the Cambridge realists did. But their philosophical concerns, doctrines, and methods were nonetheless pivotal to the development of analytic philosophy. This conference will i) examine the philosophical context in which Oxford realism developed and thrived, ii) reconstruct in detail how Oxford realists and some of their key contemporaries understood perception, propositions, and universals, among other things, and iii) sketch the lasting influence Oxford realism had on the development of analytic philosophy in the 1930s to 70s.

Speakers will include:

Amirouche Moktefi (Tallinn)
Annemarie Kalis (Utrecht)
Anthony Fisher (Gonzaga)
Giulia Martina (Tübingen)
Giuseppina D’Oro (Kent) and James Connelly (Hull)
Guy Longworth (Warwick)
Junichi Kasuga (LEC, Tokyo)
Kurt Sylvan (Southampton)
Mathieu Marion (Montreal)
Michael Kremer (Chicago)
Roberta Locatelli (Tübingen)
Sandra Laugier (Paris)
Simon Wimmer (Dortmund)

Venue on 10 November: Internationales Begegnungszentrum, Emil-Figge-Str. 61, 44227 Dortmund

Venue on 11 November: Dortmunder U, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund

Registration closes on 5 November.

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