International philosophy focus for Adelaide

Monday, 26 June 2017

A free public lecture on the moral injury of war is at the heart of an international philosophy conference to be held next week at the University of Adelaide.

The annual conference of the Australasian Association of Philosophy will draw hundreds of philosophers from around the world to Adelaide from Sunday to Thursday, 2-6 July.

Conference speakers will present the latest research into philosophy in a range of fields that impact on our society, such as ethics and morality, mind and cognition, mental health and emotions.

A free public lecture – Afterwar: Contemporary and Ancient Lessons on Moral Injury and Healing – will be presented by Professor Nancy Sherman, Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University, USA.

This lecture, which is the Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture for 2017, will look beyond the issue of traumatic stress associated with armed conflict.

It will present a philosophical view of moral injury, the emotions surrounding it – such as guilt, shame, resentment, and forgiveness, but also moral disappointment, hope, and compassionate self-empathy – and "moral repair".

The public lecture will be held at 6.00pm on Tuesday 4 July at the Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia. Registration is required.

Conference chief organiser and Hughes Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, Professor Garrett Cullity, says the Philosophy Department at the University is delighted to be hosting this conference.

"With speakers of such high calibre as Nancy Sherman, four keynote talks from distinguished international philosophers, and with 200 papers accepted from academics in 17 countries and six continents, this truly is a major event not just for Adelaide and Australia, but for the Asia-Pacific region," Professor Cullity says.

"The University of Adelaide itself has made unique and long-lasting contributions to the study and practice of philosophy since 1874, and we continue to have major strengths in areas such as the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, ethics, logic, and many others.

"Adelaide is a natural home for the discussion of the latest thinking on philosophy," he says.

More information about the conference – including the full program of speakers – can be found at:


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The University of Adelaide
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