Notes from a Biscuit Tin & Young Poets is a centenary celebration of Newcastle-based philosopher Mary Midgley’s life and work. In 2019, Midgley warned that we have been lulled to sleep by dangerous myths and stories that comfort us with a lie: that our future is out of our hands and technology will take care of tomorrow for us. She thought philosophy could wake us up. Not dry, argumentative philosophy, but philosophical stories that enliven us to the fact that ‘what happens next is up to us’.
To create these stories, philosophers will need the help of poets. Join poet Gillian Allnutt, philosopher-musician Jennifer Judge, and philosopher István Zárdai to discuss philosophy, poetry and story.
Chaired by Clare Mac Cumhaill, Durham University and Rachael Wiseman, University of Liverpool.
Jenny Judge is a philosopher whose research on musical expression lies at the intersection of aesthetics and the philosophy of mind. She holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Cambridge, and is currently completing a PhD in philosophy at NYU. She is also a performing musician (both solo and as part of ‘Pet Beast’, an electronic folk duo with jazz guitarist Ted Morcaldi) and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.
Gillian Allnutt studied Philosophy and English at Newnham College, Cambridge (1968-71). Since then she has published nine collections of poetry, including How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems(2007) and wake (2018), both from Bloodaxe Books. Since 1983 she has taught Creative Writing at all levels.
István Zoltán Zárdai is a philosopher, teaching and doing research in Japan. His projects deal with moral psychology, the ethics of AI, and the responsibility of states and other organisations. When not hiking in the mountains, István enjoys jogging with his dogs and reading good literature with a cup of coffee.
CLARE MAC CUMHAILL AND RACHAEL WISEMAN
Clare and Rachael are philosophers based at Durham University and University of Liverpool. Together they run Women in Parenthesis, a research and public engagement project that looks at the life and work of four women philosophers: Mary Midgley, Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe and Philippa Foot. Rachael and Clare are behind Notes from a Biscuit Tin.