PhilChat in a postgraduate-run philosophy group which aims to introduce undergraduate students to interesting and socially relevant debates within, and related to, philosophy.
We aim to broaden our philosophical horizons by addressing issues that fall outside the Manchester undergraduate curriculum, and to foster a collegial and friendly environment amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students.
PhilChat began as a series of weekly seminars, which included talks given by philosophers in all stages of academic achievement, including Prof Rebecca Bennett (University of Manchester), Dr Ullrich M. Haase (Manchester Metropolitan University), Prof Helen Beebee (University of Manchester), PhD student Laura Dearlove (University of Durham) and many more. The talks covered a range of interesting and current topics, including: the philosophy of sex; implicit biases; the semantics of swearing; arguments for and against procreation; and whether killing in war is ever justified.
In 2015, the University of Manchester became a new chapter of MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) UK, an organisation that to aims to facilitate the participation of members from underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. PhilChat constitutes the University of Manchester’s chapter, and is dedicated to furthering the promotion of equality and representation within academic philosophy.
In 2015-16, rather than continue the weekly seminar series, we have opted to do a one-day PhilChat conference. This will include talks given on socially relevant topics within philosophy, as well as a philosophy postgraduate studies workshop aimed at current undergraduate students. It will be open to everyone, including those outside philosophy and the University of Manchester. Details of this event will be posted up soon on our PhilChat Facebook group.
If you would like to get involved in PhilChat, or would like to present a paper at one of our events, please get in touch with Maeve MacPherson.