Rachael Wiseman

Reading schedule & tips

– written by Annie McCallion The texts set here, as well as their subsequent questions are intended to serve as a guide for organisers of the group. For each section I have provided set texts; this is in addition to texts which...

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What influence did Wittgenstein and Aquinas have on Anscombe and Foot? by Samuel Cooper

Both Foot and Anscombe talk about Aquinas quite often, and both of them seem to take it for granted that Aquinas’ thought can be elucidated by thinking about it from directions provided by Wittgenstein; not just that Aquinas can be corrected or improved by the addition of a Wittgensteinian perspective, but rather that what Aquinas himself actually thought can be elucidated by looking at his work from such an angle. Both of them do this quite often, sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicit, but almost always very casually, as if it is quite obvious that this is how it should be. But in what sense in Aquinas Wittgensteinian?!

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ABC Philosophy Zone

Link to external website – summary (tbw) Listen to Dr Mary Midgley and Dr Rachael Wiseman discussing ‘The Golden Age of Female Philosophy’, and its relevant for discussions about women in philosophy today, with Fiona Jenkins on...

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Then and Now

by Mary Midgley Mary Midgley Considers How What Is Called Philosophy Has Changed Since She And Her Friends First Plunged Into It Changes In World-Pictures. When we four people started studying Philosophy at Oxford in the early...

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Iris Murdoch lifeline

We’ve done our best to make sure this lifeline is accurate and complete. Please let us know if you spot any errors or omissions.   Jean Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)   1919 (15 July) Born in Phibsborough, Ireland, to...

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Philippa Foot lifeline

We’ve done our best to make sure this lifeline is accurate and complete. Please let us know if you spot any errors or omissions.   Philippa Ruth Foot (1920-2010)  1920       (3 October) Born to Esther Cleveland and...

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Mary Midgley lifeline

We’ve done our best to make sure this lifeline is accurate and complete. Please let us know if you spot any errors or omissions. Mary Beatrice Midgley (1919-2018) 1919       (13 September) Born in London to Lesley and Tom...

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Join our reading group!

We’re starting a reading group — join us! Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch were undergraduates together at Oxford University during WWII. Each month we’ll set readings by these remarkable women, and discuss...

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IWD photos now available

Rachel and Ilana were at our conference taking wonderful photos all day. We’ve published a selection on our website — please feel free to browse, download and share. We’re planning to print our favourites and...

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Third Keynote: Mary Midgley

We are so excited to confirm that Mary Midgley will join us at our International Women’s Day conference. Midgley was part of an extraordinary group of women at Oxford University in the 1930s. The prominence of Midgley,...

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Interview with Mary Warnock

Last week Liza, Clare and I went along with Lindsay (our film-crew!), to interview Mary Warnock at her London home. We’ll be posting some sound-extracts from the interview here in the coming weeks (along with some from our...

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Interview with Mary Midgley

Clare, Luna, and I went along to interview Mary Midgley today at her home in Newcastle. We spent an incredible 90 minutes learning about life in Oxford during the 1930s and 40s, and hearing her thoughts on the contemporary lot...

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