Friday, 23 November 2012, 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm

Conference Room Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University


Alan Montefiore (Oxford)

Credits: http://www.thejc.com/arts/books/48673/a-philosophical-retrospective-facts-values-jewish-identity

Frontiers of Philosophy

Opening: Ann Hughes, Director of the Keele Research Institutes for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Chair: Bulent Gokay, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

The event is free and open

All welcome! Wine!


As he once described himself, Alan Montefiore may well be the last person still alive to have taught philosophy at Keele almost from its very beginnings. He came to it in the second year of its existence as the then University College of North Staffordshire, straight from Balliol where he had been a student. Sandy Lindsay was still Master of Balliol, when he had started as an undergraduate there, and for the first six months of his time at Keele, he was given lodging in a room in the Clock House, where he lived with Mrs. Lindsay (as she always insisted on being known rather than by her title as Lady) and where he would see them over breakfast every day and would often go in to talk with him about his vision for Keele when he was unwell and confined to bed. After Keele, Alan Montefiore was a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford for 30 years, and is now an Emeritus Fellow of that College, and President of Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE. He has worked and published on a wide diversity of topics, including moral and political philosophy, contemporary French philosophy, philosophy of education and, more specifically, on issues of identity and responsibility. His most recent book is entitled A Philosophical Retrospective: Facts, Values and Jewish Identity (Columbia University Press, 2011)


The Forum Annual Lecture and Conference are organised with the support of the Research Institute for the Social Sciences, the Research Centre for SPIRE, the ECPR Kantian Standing Group and the Keele School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment (SPIRE).


The Keele Forum for Philosophical Research is part of the Research Centre for SPIRE in the Research Institute for the Social Sciences. The Forum was officially launched in November 2008. Previous Annual Lectures were given by: Giuseppina D’Oro, Miranda Fricker, Stephen Engstrom and John Horton.


Apart from the Annual Lecture, the Forum organises the following events:

  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lecture Series
  • The Forum’s Special Lectures
  • The Philosophy Summer Seminar Series
  • Reading Groups, conferences and other events.


For more information, contact Sorin Baiasu (s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk).


* Why the Jean-Jacques Rousseau lecture?  To begin with, 2012 marks the tercentenary of Rousseau’s birth; but there is also a reason why Keele in particular should celebrate this anniversary, for we hereby celebrate the true but very little known fact that Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived for a time in Staffordshire.  From 22 March 1766 to 1 May 1767 Rousseau lived in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton.  Rousseau had been invited to England by David Hume with whom he soon afterwards quarrelled.  He then spent the next year in seclusion in Staffordshire writing the first drafts of his Confessions.  When he was not writing it is said that he roamed the Staffordshire countryside in his Armenian costume studying wild flowers.  He must have made a striking figure. Many years after his departure the locals remembered ‘Owd Ross Hall’, not just for his eccentricities but also for his gifts to local charities.  They believed he was a king in exile! (Stephen Leach – Honorary Research Fellow, Keele)



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