Extending New Narratives reading groups – call for participants

Early Career Researchers reading groups – call for participants

For 2021-22, the Early Career Researchers Committee for the Extending New Narratives Partnership Project will be running a few online reading groups in the history of philosophy.

Please feel free to forward this message to any students or colleagues who may be interested in participating. Details about the groups and how to register are below.

1# Reading group: Catharine Macaulay’s Letters on Education 

Facilitators: Lisa Shapiro & Martina Reuter 

Register by: 8 October 2021 

This reading group will focus on Macaulay’s last work, Letters on Education (1790)which develops her mature moral philosophy. The book includes a defence of republicanism and it attends to the role education plays in both repairing a corrupt polity and ensuring a healthy society.

Catharine Macaulay was one of the most renowned women intellectuals of the late 18th century. Initially, her fame derived from her A History of England from the Accession of James I (in 8 volumes, 1763-1783), which she wrote in direct response to David Hume’s History, as a republican alternative. Her republicanism was also articulated in political essays criticizing Thomas Hobbes and of Edmund Burke. Macaulay’s work is slowly being rediscovered, in part through the influence of her works on Mary Wollstonecraft, but there are still no modern editions of any of her major works. 

The reading group assumes no prior familiarity with Macaulay or her works. Some may simply want to read Macaulay to figure out her philosophy along a number of dimensions. Some may want to pursue intellectual historical antecedents and contemporary contextual connections to help better understand her arguments. Others may be interested in understanding Macaulay’s own intellectual development. Still others may be interested in how Macaulay connects to later thinkers. All are welcome. 

To register, please fill in the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_QwQHmv3AyQvX3iM6BRFlme0Hg8O8CgJ50rxM7P9Its/edit#gid=0

For further information: please contact the Extending New Narratives ECR Committee at new.narratives.ecr@gmail.com 

2# Reading group: The history of analytic philosophy & oppression 

Facilitators: Audrey Yap & Frederique Janssen-Lauret 

Register by: 8 October 2021 

This reading group is aimed at considering the question of what the history of analytic philosophy can contribute to theorizing about oppression and social good more generally. This can include reading the work of politically engaged philosophers like Otto Neurath, as well as reading secondary literature about how historical figures might be read through a feminist, or anti-racist, or otherwise anti-oppressive lens. That might include reading the work of contemporary scholars about such historical figures, or reading the work of philosophers who did face social marginalization at the time. The group will meet regularly over Zoom with a time and reading list to be collectively determined. Suggestions for readings that fit the general description are more than welcome. The hope is that this will lead to participants writing pieces on the subject that could be submitted to a journal (for instance, the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy) either as stand-alone pieces or as part of a special issue.

To register, please fill in the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_QwQHmv3AyQvX3iM6BRFlme0Hg8O8CgJ50rxM7P9Its/edit#gid=0

For further information: please contact Prof. Audrey Yap (ayap@uvic.ca


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