Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics


Reading groups

PGR Writing Sessions | MayWrite, May 2024

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CAPPE Critical Theory Reading Group | 2024

CAPPE Critical Theory Reading Group   Aesthetics, Politics and Anti-Oedipus in the 21st century. This CAPPE reading group is open to staff, research students and colleagues around the world interested in contemporary politics, philosophy, ethics and critical theory. Each semester… Continue Reading →

CAPPE Reading Group Relaunch

Join us for a re-design of the CAPPE Reading Groups, directed by the PGR membership. Please see below for details of the weekly sessions and get in touch if you would like to facilitate.   Monday 5th February: X Tuesday… Continue Reading →

Post/De-Colonial Theory. A CAPPE reading group

February – May 2018   Week 1 7/2/18 — Postcolonial Critique (room 204, Pavillon Parade) Edward Said (1978) Orientalism. (Introduction, chapter 1 and conclusion)   Week 2  14/2/18 — Subaltern Studies Chakrabarty, D. (2000) ‘A Small History of Subaltern Studies’… Continue Reading →

Giving Life to Politics: Adriana Cavarero and Critics

February – June 2017 A 17-session seminar series leading to the conference Giving LIfe to Politics: Adrian Cavarero, June 2017  Session 1: Adriana Cavarero –  In Spite of Plato Part 2: Wednesday 1st of February, Pavilion Parade, 10.30 – 12.30… Continue Reading →

Reading ‘Capital’ with Sam Chambers

November 2016 – January 2017 Session 1: Reading Capital  Part 1: Wednesday 30th of November, Pavilion Parade, 10.30-12.30 In preparation for the arrival of Sam Chambers (visiting Leverhulme Professor), who is currently working on Marx’s Capital, we will be reading… Continue Reading →

The Spectre of the Negative: Contemporary Readings of Hegel

October 2016 – January 2017 | Reading group and workshop series with Ray Brassier followed by a public lecture The Persistence of Form: Hegel and Psychoanalysis Hegel once remarked that ‘philosophy is its own time comprehended in thought’. Philosophy, for Hegel,… Continue Reading →

Readings in Contemporary Critical Theory

January to June 2016 This research seminar hosted by CAPPE and the College of Arts and Humanities is aimed at staff and research students interested in contemporary politics, philosophy, ethics and critical theory. Each year we focus on different issues… Continue Reading →

Putting Rancière and Butler to work

February – April 2016 | Reading Group with Sam Chambers Wednesday 24th of February, 10.30-13.00, Pavilion Parade Wednesday 2nd of March, 10.30-13.00, Pavilion Parade Wednesday 27th of April, 10.30-13.00, Pavilion Parade The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics welcomes… Continue Reading →

Philosophy as a way of life: The work of Simon Critchley

January to May 2015 The sixth CAPPE Seminar Series in Critical Theory and Radical Politics A reading course, January to May 2015 and workshop with Professor Simon Critchley 20th May 2015 – 22nd May 2015 This research seminar hosted by… Continue Reading →

Critical Theorists on Capitalism, the Financial Crisis and Political Responses: 2008-10

October 2010 – May 2011 This research seminar, hosted by CAPPE  is aimed at PhD students and staff interested in contemporary politics, philosophy and critical theory. Every year we focus on a different theorist or topic. For the 2010/11 academic… Continue Reading →

Debates in Contemporary Philosophy and Critical Theory

January – March 2010 From Adorno to Zizek: Open lecture and debate sessions on key issues in contemporary philosophy Participants in the lecture series should read at least one of the primary sources listed for each week. These recommendations are… Continue Reading →

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