Barry Smith on Descartes and Consciousness, BBC Radio 4

Thursday 23 April 2015
What does it mean to be? Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), has been unpicking the question, ‘What does it mean to be me?’ for one of the programmes in the BBC Radio 4 series, A history of ideas . In Descartes and Consciousness, he examines, with the help of his neuroscientist colleague, Professor Chris Frith, what provides us with the unique access to our inner lives that sustains our sense of self. Listen to 'What does it mean to be me'

Colin Blakemore at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

Thursday 9 April 2015
Colin Blakemore will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn , the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May. Bringing together world-leading scientists, musicians, philosophers and politicians including Roger Penrose, Natalie Bennett, Paul Krugman, Fiona Shaw, Mike Skinner, Polly Toynbee, Lianne La Havas, Tariq Ali, Lawrence Krauss, and John Searle for debates, talks and wild parties. This year’s programme examines the elements of reality that might soon turn out to be illusions.

Interpretive Practice: Language, Law, Science and the Arts, 16-17 June 2015

Wednesday 1 April 2015
This two-day conference brings together prominent researchers from several fields in which philosophical issues about the practices and conventions involved in interpretation have had a profound impact on subject matter—linguistics, law, cognitive science, archaeology, architecture, literature, and music. The conference is organised by Professor Stephen Neale and the Institute of Philosophy. Further details. Speakers: