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  PhilSoc Members’ Away Day, 21st November 2021

Call for Speakers

This year’s Philsoc Away Day is scheduled to be held at the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre in Bucks, UK, on 21st November on the topic of Memory. The day will include lunch and opportunities for socialising and networking (COVID restrictions permitting). The meeting will also be accessible via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.

Philosophical interest in memory and knowledge has been prominent throughout the history of philosophy. In the late 1990’s, philosophy of memory emerged as a distinct branch of philosophical research, following incorporation of empirical and theoretical developments in psychology and the sciences of memory. Philosophy of memory is now an interdisciplinary subject overlapping with numerous other fields of research, including (but not exclusively) philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of neuroscience, epistemology, and ethics. Indeed, there might be no crisp boundary between philosophy of memory and other off-shoots of philosophy.

During our Away Day we will explore theories of memory and specifically the question:

What role does memory play in our understanding of reality?

The question should give wide scope for suggesting answers, or criticising answers that philosophers have given. Please consider giving a short talk (no more than 30-35 minutes). We are not looking for philosophy of memory experts, just good communicators who are willing to present a cogent and passionate argument which is philosophical in character. Speakers get admission and lunch free!

If you are interested in speaking at our Away Day, please contact me via email to indicate your interest by 10th August. Please include a working title and brief outline of your talk in one or two sentences.

Suggested readings

From Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy:

Memory: Memory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

The historical controversies surrounding innateness: The Historical Controversies Surrounding Innateness (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Christoph Hoerl and Tereasa McCormack, eds. (2001). Time and Memory, Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want further readings or guidance.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Fauzia (Fauzia.Rahman-Greasley@oxfordphilsoc.org)