Philosophy, Metaphor, and Violence

November 28, 2014
Philosophy Dept, Deakin University

Burwood Corporate Centre, Level 2, Rm North 3
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood 3125

Keynote speakers:

Leesa Davis
Deakin University
Marguerite La Caze
University of Queensland
Catherine Mills
Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
Ann Murphy
University of New Mexico
Antonia Pont
Deakin University
Deakin University
Matthew Sharpe
Deakin University
Crossing Avenues
James Williams
Dundee University


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The workshop is organised around the visit of Dr Ann Murphy (University of New Mexico), whose recent monograph, Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (SUNY 2013), explores themes concerning the relationship between philosophy, metaphors and violence. While some speakers will engage in detail with Dr Murphy’s work, others will explore the role of metaphors of violence in various parts of philosophy, whether in Kant, Greek philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, in models of the extended mind, and in meta-philosophical matters pertaining to both analytic and continental philosophy.


9.30 Ann Murphy (New Mexico): Metaphors of Violence and Immunity in Philosophical Discourse on the Body

10.30 Break

10.45 Leesa Davis (Deakin): Metaphors of fire in Buddhism: the textual roots of self-immolation

11.30 Matthew Sharpe (Deakin): There is not a war: retrieving philosophia from philomachia

12.15 lunch

1.00 Jack Reynolds (Deakin): Philosophy’s ambivalent shame: some reflections on an ambiviolent relationship with science

1.45 James Williams (Dundee): When are metaphors of violence appropriate? Competing models for the extended mind

2.30 Break

2.45 Antonia Pont (Deakin): Keeping Secrets: Inflecting (Meta)ontology via Derrida's Three Levels of Violence

3.30 Valerijs Vinogradovs (La Trobe): The Spectacle of the Guillotine via the Lens of Kant's Aesthetics Ideas

4.15 Break

4.30 Marguerite La Caze (UQ): The language of violence: chiastic encounters

5.15 close

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