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A Members' Day or Weekend is held once a year at Rewley House, Oxford and the speakers are Society members. These events are open to everybody, but members have the advantage of a reduced fee. The Members' Day/Weekend Archive page gives access to recordings and other materials of past Members' Days and Weekends.

The 2023 Member's Weekend will take place on 16/17 September

Call for Speakers: Members’ Weekend 2023

Individuality

We are looking for speakers for the Philsoc Members Weekend 16-17 September 2023. The topic on which we focus this year is ‘Individuality’. The possible, but not exclusive, questions to be answered are included below. In your paper you may want to focus on one or on all of them.

From Aristotle’s distinction between the universal and singular object in Metaphysics, to Plotinus and the Gnostics’ thoughts on this issue, and more closer to us, those of Michael Foucault and Charles Taylor, the topic of individuality of a person has been a permanent preoccupation for Philosophy. Hence our choice for a discussion about it during the Members Weekend.

Here are the suggestions regarding the themes of the presentations:

  1. The individuality of a human as opposed to it being a simple entity in ‘a series’.
  2. Is a person more creative working individually or as a group?
  3. Is the rise of individuality in the West a good or bad thing?

From Aristotle’s distinction between the universal and singular object in Metaphysics, to Plotinus’s thoughts on this issue, the topic of individuality of a person has been a permanent preoccupation of Philosophy.

Some suggestions for building your arguments are the following:

  1. We perceive ourselves as complete individuals who work on their own ‘construction’. But, obviously, we also live in society, surrounded by others. So, how the two states of affairs complement one another in order to allow an ‘individuality’?
  2. An individual needs ‘space’ to have its creativity fulfilled. To what extent belonging to various groups facilitate that process?
  3. Firstly, in a global society, the distinction East-West might not function anymore in the sense that people around the globe are much more similar than in any other historical epoch. In any case, in the discussions carried out by the Philsoc Members, that usually referred to a division of Europe. If you still believe in such a separation in 2023, in which way do you think the individuals of our days are influenced by it.

Please contact Bob Stone (stonebob@talk21.com) to indicate your interest by the 31st of March 2023, including a working title and a brief outline of your talk in about 180-200 words. Please do not hesitate to contact Bob if you have any questions. Speakers will be selected and notified by the 15th of April.

Presentations should last for around 25-30 minutes (approximately 3000 – 3500 words), to be followed by 15 minutes of questions.