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Philosophy at Southampton has an interdisciplinary approach informed by a broad range of research interests that includes: aesthetics, language and epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind. This series introduces the Philosophy Café series of informal talks and enquiry on themes of choice and reason connected with the human situation. Thinking about studying philosophy? Watch our student experience video for insight into the diversity of the subject area and the learning culture at Humanities.

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Philosophy at Southampton has an interdisciplinary approach informed by a broad range of research interests that includes: aesthetics, language and epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind. This series introduces the Philosophy Café series of informal talks and enquiry on themes of choice and reason connected with the human situation. Thinking about studying philosophy? Watch our student experience video for insight into the diversity of the subject area and the learning culture at Humanities.

    Genia Schoenbaumsfeld - Philosophy and the Unconscious

    Genia Schoenbaumsfeld - Philosophy and the Unconscious

    Philosophy talk given at Southampton City Art Gallery

    • 39 min
    Philosophy Cafe - External World Scepticism, or What If You're In The Matrix? by Dr Conor McHugh

    Philosophy Cafe - External World Scepticism, or What If You're In The Matrix? by Dr Conor McHugh

    In the film 'The Matrix', the main character discovers that his life is an illusion - all of his experiences have come from a perfect computer simulation fed into his brain. This is a modern version of thought-experiments employed by philosophers for hundreds of years. Dr Conor McHugh discussed whether the seeming fact that we can't tell that we're not in the Matrix shows that we don't know anything about the world around us in this session of the Philosophy cafe? He also posed the question - if you 'are' in the Matrix, exactly what difference does it make?

    You can listen to a podcast of the talk in the right hand section of this page.

    Philosophers at the University of Southampton give regular talks at the Philosophy Café, held at the John Hansard Gallery, as part of the Humanities Lifelong Learning programme. These highly successful free events provide food for thought in a relaxed atmosphere for like-minded individuals - no previous philosophical experience is necessary.

    To find out more about forthcoming Philosophy Cafes please visit the Humanities Lifelong Learning website.

    • 24 min
    Philosophy Cafe podcast: Are people always selfish?

    Philosophy Cafe podcast: Are people always selfish?

    The latest in the popular Philosophy cafe series at the John Hansard Gallery saw Dr Alex Gregory talking about self interest. Alex researches the relationship between what we want and what we think is good, and has published on these issues.
    "It's clear that people sometimes do things for their own benefit: you might push ahead of other people to ensure you get a good seat on the train. Some philosophers have made the bolder claim that we always act out of self-interest. But is that true? What are the arguments for it? It might seem obvious that sometimes people act for the sake of others: for example, someone might offer to donate blood for the benefit of a complete stranger. But can such examples be explained away as ultimately self-interested?".

    • 36 min
    Philosophy Café - 'Why Be Rational?'

    Philosophy Café - 'Why Be Rational?'

    Our highly successful Philosophy Café (run in conjunction with the John Hansard Gallery) is now entering its fifth year: the Café offers regular, informal lunchtime discussions that are free and accessible.

    • 35 min
    Philosophy Café podcast - Is morality objective?

    Philosophy Café podcast - Is morality objective?

    Dr Jonathan Way discusses; what is the nature of morality? Is it merely subjective or relative, subject to change according to the customary behaviour of a society? You can listen to a podcast of the talk in the right hand section of this page.

    • 24 min
    Philosophy Café – Authenticity: what is it to be oneself?

    Philosophy Café – Authenticity: what is it to be oneself?

    The anxiety that we are, in some way, not being ourselves can seem both puzzling and all too familiar. This worry is also an anxiety that has been explored by many of the great philosophers and became in the twentieth century a central theme in existentialism, as the worry that our lives are 'inauthentic'. But what is authenticity? What is to be oneself? And if one isn't oneself, what can one do about it?

    Dr Denis McManus has addressed these issues at the University of Southampton's Philosophy cafe.

    • 34 min

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