British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual lecture 2022
Clare Carlisle (King's College London), Clare Carlisle (King's College London)

November 4, 2022, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of Sheffield

Mappin Hall
Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Mappin Street
Sheffield S1 3JD
United Kingdom

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University of Sheffield

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Thought and Feeling: George Eliot and the Expansion of Philosophy
This lecture proposes George Eliot as a significant figure in the history of philosophy. Distinguishing between three ways of making this claim — which I call “conservative,” “reformist” and “radical” — I will argue for the radical claim.  Eliot is not merely a minor figure within a recognisable philosophical canon.  Nor does she break new ground only by exploring familiar philosophical ideas through the medium of fiction. Rather, she is an original thinker whose work invites us to reconceive the task, scope and methods of philosophy itself.  I will show how she achieves this in Middlemarch.  I will also offer more general reflections on how the history of philosophy can be expanded in conservative, reformist or radical ways in response to calls to “decolonise” and “diversify” our discipline. 
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