Author Archives: Magda

J. L. Austin: Information Needed


J. L. Austin: Munich, 1945

Mark Rowe (University of East Anglia) writes the following to our readers:

For the last 18 months, I’ve been researching a biography of J.L. Austin (1911-60) for OUP. I would much like to hear from anyone who knew or met him, particularly if they have significant memories, letters or other documents which throw light on his work, career and personality. As many people who knew him are now elderly and not on the internet, I’d be grateful if my enquiry could be passed on to them. All contributions will, of course, be fully acknowledged in the biography.

Please reply to:


Dr M.W. Rowe (UEA)
Ponds Farm
TN27 8JX

CFP: Ordinary / Everyday / Quotidian (Sept 2013, University of York)



An International Two-Day conference

26-27 September 2013

The ordinary and the everyday are intuitively self-evident, yet notoriously elusive. Efforts to define “ordinary language” or “everyday practice” have preoccupied thinkers across many disciplines: philosophers, historians, sociologists, political theorists, geographers and critics of literature and the visual arts. And these subjects demand more attention from scholars working on race, class, gender and sexuality, as well as food studies and the digital and medical humanities. Yet existing efforts have rarely engaged in dialogue with their counterparts in other disciplines. We call for papers from scholars in all these fields to join in a spirited dialogue at an international, two-day conference to be held at the University of York, 26 and 27 September 2013.

Scholars in all disciplines are invited to to ponder, celebrate, and critique the quotidian, ranging from the furtive pleasures of pop to the dubious delights of junk: “Does it glow at the core with personal heat, with signs of one’s deepest nature, clues to secret yearnings, humiliating flaws? What habits, fetishes, addictions, inclinations? What solitary acts, behavioral ruts?”

Confirmed events include keynote addresses by:

  • Prof. John Roberts (History of Art, Wolverhampton)
  • Dr. Jennifer Baird (Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck)
  • Dr Bryony Randall (English, Glasgow)

It will culminate in a colloquium chaired by Prof Ben Highmore (Cultural Studies, Sussex) and featuring:

  • Prof. Michael Sheringham (French, All Souls Oxford)
  • Dr. Holger Nehring (History, Sheffield)
  • Dr. Rupert Read (Philosophy, UEA)
  • Dr. Michael White (History of Art, York)
  • Dr. Neal Alexander (English, Nottingham)

What do the terms everyday, ordinary and quotidian mean at the beginning of the twenty-first century? This conference will confront head-on the challenges and opportunities presented by the interdisciplinary nature of such an enquiry.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 16 August; general enquiries are also welcome.

To find out more about the conference visit


In Our Time: The Continental-Analytic Split

The weekly BBC podcast In Our Time recently broadcast a conversation titled The Continental-Analytic Split with Stephen Mulhall (New College, University of Oxford), Beatrice Han-Pile (University of Essex), and Hans-Johann Glock (University of Zurich). The program’s website also features a full archive — well worth browsing through — of podcasts on philosophical (Beauty, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein) and literary (Psychoanalysis and LiteratureProust) topics we thought might interest many of our readers. To access the full archive, please click here.

Forthcoming: Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups


In a few months Fordham University Press will publish a new collection of essays centered on Stanley Cavell’s engagement with the topic of education. Titled Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups, the collection is edited by Naoko Saito (University of Kyoto) and Paul Standish (University of London). To visit the publisher’s webpage for this title, please click here. Here is the description of this forthcoming collection:

What could it mean to speak of philosophy as “the education of grownups”? This book takes Cavell’s enigmatic phrase as a provocation to explore the themes of education that run throughout his work—from his response to Wittgenstein, Austin, and ordinary-language philosophy, to his readings of Thoreau and of the moral perfectionism he identifies with Emerson, to his discussions of literature and film. Hilary Putnam has described Cavell as not only one of the most creative thinkers of today but as one of the few contemporary philosophers to explore philosophy as education. Cavell’s sustained examination of the nature of philosophy cannot be separated from his preoccupation with what it is to teach and to learn. This is the first book to address the importance of education in Cavell’s work and its essays are framed by two new pieces by Cavell himself. Together these texts combine to show what it means to read Cavell, and simultaneously what it means to read philosophically, in itself a part of our education as grownups.


Forthcoming: Alain Badiou’s “Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy”

This June, Verso Books will publish the English translation of Alain Badiou’s book on Wittgenstein, titled Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy, which we originally let you know about in this post. To visit the publisher’s webpage for this book, please click here. Below is the publisher’s description of this exciting new title:

The leading continental philosopher takes on the standard bearer of analytical philosophy.

Alain Badiou takes on the standard bearer of the “linguistic turn” in modern philosophy, and anatomizes the “anti-philosophy” of Ludwig Wittgenstein, in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Addressing the crucial moment where Wittgenstein argues that much has to be passed over in silence—showing what cannot be said, after accepting the limits of language and meaning—Badiou argues that this mystical act reduces logic to rhetoric, truth to an effect of language games, and philosophy to a series of esoteric aphorisms. in the course of his interrogation of Wittgenstein’s anti-philosophy, Badiou sets out and refines his own definitions of the universal truths that condition philosophy. Bruno Bosteels’ introduction shows that this encounter with Wittgenstein is central to Badiou’s overall project—and that a continuing dialogue with the exemplar of anti-philosophy is crucial for contemporary philosophy.


Toril Moi at Boston University (Oct 13th)


Toril Moi (Duke University) will deliver a lecture titled “When It Makes Sense (or Not) to Claim that Sex, Gender, and the Body are Socially Constructed” at Boston University on Wednesday, October 13th as part of the series “Lectures in Criticism.” The event will take place at 5:30 pm in the Photonics Center (Room 906) at 8 St. Mary’s Street. It is free and open to the public.


Philosophy and the Arts Conference (April 2011, Stony Brook Manhattan)

The Philosophy and the Arts Program at Stony Brook University in Manhattan has issued a call for papers for its fourth annual meeting. The official call for papers appears below:

The Masters program in Philosophy and the Arts at Stony Brook University in Manhattan centers on intersections of art and philosophy. In an effort to encourage dialogue across disciplines, we offer this conference as an interdisciplinary event and welcome participants working in a variety of fields and media to respond to this year’s topic:

Between the familiar extremes of redeeming oneself (as in the eyes of God, or a friend) and of redeeming a coupon, the term redemption shoulders a rich range of expressive possibilities.  Each sense reveals an aspect of the event of exchange of one thing, condition, or meaning for another. “Redemption” may express conversion, salvage, ransom, reparation, purchase, or liberation, and these definitions all vary in their economic, ontological, and hermeneutical hefts.

We welcome the submission both of original academic papers and of artwork for exhibition or performance from graduate students across disciplines. All submissions should be formatted for blind review, and suitable for a 20-minute presentation (approximately 3000 words or 8-11 pages). Please visit the Philosophy and the Arts Conference website for complete submission instructions, as well as information on past conferences and regular updates. All submissions must be received by January 13th, 2011. Submitters will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their work via email no later than February 7th, 2011. The conference will take place at Stony Brook Manhattan, 387 Park Ave. South. Feel free to contact the conference coordinators for help with additional questions at