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Southampton Philosophy's Summer 6th Form Conference available now online

Published: 22 June 2020

Our summer 6th Form Philosophy Conference which was due to take place recently and had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. But we're pleased to announce that the conference rises from the ashes online!

All of our talks are now available on our YouTube channel.

  • The full list of talks is
  • 'Nietzsche on Saying "Yes" to Life', by Professor Chris Janaway
  • 'COVID-19, Lockdown, and the Doing/Allowing Distinction', by Professor Fiona Woollard
  • 'Body and Mind: Descartes vs. Elisabeth of Bohemia', by Professor Daniel Whiting
  • 'Does Virtue Require Moral Knowledge?', by Dr Jonathan Way
  • 'What Do I Owe to the Global Poor?', by Dr Brian McElwee
  • 'Seeing Stars: a Puzzle about Perception', by Dr Will McNeill

Topics have been chosen to give good coverage of the Philosophy A-Level syllabus, with plenty of 'extra-curricula' material in there too. They are suitable for students already studying Philosophy or Religious Studies, as well as for those encountering the subject for the first time. The talks vary in length but are in general shorter than the usual in-person format talks would be; and they are accompanied by lists of 'study questions' designed to encourage students to engage with the talks. (These questions are also available as handouts if you contact us). The talks will remain available so that 6th form students and teachers can make use of the content as and when it suits them.

All talks are delivered by philosophers on staff here at Southampton and we'd also like to provide students with the opportunity for live online Q&A with our philosophers. Please get in touch on if you'd be interested in this.

Enjoy! And we hope we'll be able to see you in person at one of our on-campus Philosophy Outreach events soon enough!

Further information on our Outreach activity is available on our Outreach page.

And our Virtual Open Day (June 24th) page

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