Why Philosophy Matters is a series of events at the Ashmolean Museum, organised by the Royal Institute of Philosophy branch at Oxford Brookes University, and in association with Bloomsbury Publishing.
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THIRD EVENT: Why a Philosophy of Punishment Matters, with Professor. Martin McQuillan (Kingston University)
Ashmolean Museum Education Centre (nearest entrance from St Giles), Oxford. Wednesday April 2 2014, 18.00 (drinks and nibbles from 17.45). All Welcome – Free Admission – No Registration Required!
In Association with the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University & Bloomsbury Publishing.
This will be our last event until the autumn term!
Abstract: Why the Philosophy of Punishment matters? The question of punishment runs like a red thread through the philosophical canon from the dialogue between Socrates and Polus in the Gorgias to the imprisonment of Boethius, from Foucault's work on prison reform to Derrida's seminar on the death sentence, from Gramsci's prison diaries to the autobiographies of Angela Davis and Bernard Steigler. This lecture will examine why the idea of punishment remains such an issue in philosophy and what philosophy might have to say to our present regimes of incarceration and capital punishment.
Professor Martin McQuillan is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Kingston University where he is also Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis. He has written monographs on Roland Barthes, Paul de Man, and Deconstruction and is the editor of numerous books in critical theory and continental philosophy.