What are the building blocks of reality?

Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project directed by Dr. Anna Marmodoro “What are the building blocks of reality?” The driving research hypothesis of the project is that in the first millennium of ancient Western thought the constitution of all there is was accounted for with powers as the sole elementary building block in ontology. Powers […]

Beyond innovation | Professor Helga Nowotny | Gifford Lectures | 13 May 2015

Professor Helga Nowotny Beyond Innovation. Temporalities. Re-use. Emergence. Event details Date: Wednesday 13 May 2015, 5.30 – 7pm Venue: Business School Auditorium and Concourse, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS Tickets are free of charge and will be available from 2 March 2015. Biography Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH […]

Bergson at the University of Edinburgh 100 years ago

In 1914, the Scottish universities arranged for Bergson to give the famous Gifford Lectures, planning one course for the spring and another for the autumn. Bergson delivered the first course, consisting of eleven lectures, under the title of The Problem of Personality, at the University of Edinburgh in the spring of that year.​ The War […]

Aristotle on the body politic

‘The city-state is prior in nature to the household and to each of us individually. For the whole must necessarily be prior to the part; since when the whole body is destroyed, foot or hand will not exist except in an equivocal sense, like the sense in which one speaks of a hand sculptured in […]

A Study of Order and Creorder

Capital as Power. A Study of Order and Creorder Nitzan, Jonathan and Bichler, Shimshon. (2009). RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. London and New York. Routledge. (Book; English). FROM THE BACK COVER Conventional theories of capitalism are mired in a deep crisis: after centuries of debate, they are still unable to tell us what capital […]

Communities of interest

EXTERNAL AND SHAREABLE ARTIFACTS AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST GERHARD FISCHER Center for LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D) Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science University of Colorado Abstract. Complex collaborative design activities cannot be solved by individuals or by a single group. Communities of interest (defined by their […]

Quentin Skinner: “A Genealogy of Liberty”

Quentin Skinner presented his lecture as the 2008-2009 Una’s Lecturer at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. Skinner is Barber Beaumon Chair in the Humanities at Queen Mary College, University of London, and Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of more than 20 books, and […]

Your Brain is Built for Politics

*Neuropolitics Presentation: Your Brain is Built for Politics CMB Staff Room, Mon 8 Dec 1pm* Darren Schreiber, University of Exeter, introduces his fascinating new book in a talk which will have wide-ranging appeal: for political psychologists; electoral and political behaviour scholars; cognitive neuroscientists; computational modellers; fMRI users and generally for anyone interested in the relationship […]