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Exploring religion, genetics & identity by Tudor Parfitt

The very excellent Tudor Parfitt whose work I have been following for about 30 years gives an overview of his fascinating DNA trails. If you can catch his programmes on PBS do so. Also check out his recent book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas. Looking forward to his new project studying the “Conversos” and early Jewish life…

Beyond Complexity: Can the Sensory Order Defend the Liberal Self?

Here are a couple of extracts from Chor-yung’s paper: Friedrich Hayek’s social philosophy is one of the most systematic and sophisticated among the contributions made by 20th-century liberal thinkers. His defense of the free market and individual freedom and his critique of collectivism of various kinds are mainly based on his epistemological theses, which in…

Life Story: Personal Identity

The latest release in the superb series from the Institute of Art and Ideas – thanks Alex! Hilary Lawson does a terrific job in moderating, one of the best if not the best I’ve come across. We all create internal narratives of our lives. From moment to moment, but also spanning a lifetime. Do these…

London Aesthetics Forum

The LAF is putting on two lectures that would have great appeal to me: One of my favourite philosophers, Colin McGinn, on Hand, Mind and Language: In what ways might the human hand have contributed to the evolution of the human mind and human language? To what extent do we have a “manual mind”? Could spoken…

The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Here is another review from NDPR on Shaun Gallagher’s immense collection that I mentioned a few months back. I have delved into this and have found some very good stuff that I’m currently reading. NDPRoxford handbook of the selfpersonal identityphilosophy of social scienceShaun Gallaghersituated cognitionsocial epistemologysocial identity