WIP Group

Additional reading group for 2021: Women in parenthesis.

This group will meet on Wednesdays from 18.00 to 19.00GMT. Everyone is welcome (including non-philosophy students) and no background knowledge is required.

This is going to be an informal reading group, where we explore a paper written by one of the four members of the wartime quartet – Philipa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch and Mary Midgley. We will be tackling these papers together and applying the problems and questions raised to our own lives. We are also going to focus on the experience of women in philosophy, and thinking about the work done by women about women.

We will meet once a week for an hour, where we will discuss the weeks’ paper. A list of prompt questions will be emailed out prior to the meeting. This reading group is based on the Women In Parenthesis project, which is bringing to light the philosophy done by women in the 20th century that has been left out or neglected.

This is a link to the project: https://www.womeninparenthesis.co.uk/

Example of topics we will discuss:

  • Mary Midgley: The concept of beastliness
  • Iris Murdoch: The darkness of practical reason