Next Philosophy Seminar

“Gillian Howie’s Situated Philosophy: Theorizing Living and Dying ‘In Situation’”

Christine Battersby (University of Warrick)

Wednesday 22nd March, 4-6pm

Room 2F13, Dalhousie Building

The seminar will be followed by a wine reception in the foyer of the Dalhousie Building.

This presentation will examine living with a life-limiting illness, through an engagement with the work of the late Gillian Howie (1966-2013). Howie was Professor in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, who worked at the intersection of feminist philosophy and critical theory. The presentation will also draw on the works of other prominent philosophers, in particular Jean-Paul Sartre, but also Martin Heidegger, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

The paper on which the presentation is based may be read in advance. It is published in the book On the Feminist Philosophy of Gillian Howie: Materialism and Mortality (Bloomsbury, 2016). There is also a relevant video in which Gillian Howie talks about the topic ‘How to Think About Death: Living with Dying.’

Christine Battersby is Reader Emerita in Philosophy and Associate Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy, Literature and the Arts at the University of Warwick. She is the author of many books, chapters, and articles, including The Sublime, Terror, and Human Difference (Routledge, 2007), The Phenomenal Woman: Feminist Metaphysics and the Patterns of Identity (Polity/Routledge 1998), and Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics (Women’s Press, 1989/Indiana UP, 1990).

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute.