Explore In Parenthesis projects developed around the work of our quartet

Notes from a Biscuit Tin is a year-long celebration of Mary Midgley’s philosophical vision. On what would have been Mary’s 100th birthday, her biscuit tin (gifted by her family after her death) began a 12-month round-the-world voyage. From this tin Mary dispensed wit, wisdom and ginger snaps to her visitors over many decades. At twelve stops a poet and a philosopher meet to share a conversation on a theme from Midgley’s work. The conversation will include the poet reading a commissioned poem inspired by Midgely’s work on the set theme.


Young Poets invites young people across the world to send us an illustrated poem inspired by the work of Mary Midgley. Specially developed resources introduce young minds to the work of  Midgley, which are more relevant now than ever, and explain why she thought philosophers needed poets. 

This is part of our Notes from a Biscuit Tin project. We will publish a special collection of selected poems to commemorate her birth and her remarkable achievements as a philosopher.

Mapping the Quartet

Philosophy by Postcard, a public philosophy project introducing #slowphilosophy and celebrating the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch. created by In Parenthesis in partnership with An Post.

Between July and September 2019 we invited members of the public to send a postcard to Iris Murdoch. 100 of the postcards we received were selected and sent on to 100 waiting philosophers from around the globe. Each received a reply from a philosopher, written on a special commissioned artist-designed postcard complete with a commemorative Murdoch stamp. Browse the correspondence and find out more about the project.



Mapping the Quartet

Mapping the Quartet traces the legacy of the Quartet as a philosophical school, and maps their connections with today’s living philosophers, teachers, enthusiasts and friends.

We invite you to share your connections with the Quartet, and to explore the intellectual roots of today’s virtue ethicists, particularists and ecofeminists in the work of these brilliant women.

Women in Parenthesis projects