Lecture: Uncovering Philosophy’s “Alternative Facts”, 23rd March


Date: Monday 23rd March 2020
Time: Wine reception 5.30pm, lecture 6pm
Location: GM LT1, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond St West, Manchester
Tickets: Free – Available on Eventbrite

Professor Lloyd Strickland Inaugural Lecture: Uncovering Philosophy’s “Alternative Facts”

Those who call for the decolonization of the philosophy curriculum are invariably met with either fervent support or fierce resistance. The resistance typically manifests as a small cluster of objections that seek to deny that true philosophy exists outside of the west. In this talk, Lloyd Strickland, who used some of these objections earlier in his career and has been on the receiving end of them in recent years, traces their roots to one of the darker and more disturbing corners of philosophy’s past. He reveals the agenda that led to the formation of these objections, how they started life as what today would be called “alternative facts,” and how they nevertheless became so widely accepted and respected that even today they are routinely used to frustrate efforts to broaden the syllabus.

Lloyd Strickland gained his PhD from Lancaster University in 2005. He held temporary teaching posts at Lancaster and Uclan (2005 & 2006) then worked in IT. He returned to academia with a temporary lectureship at the University of Wales, Lampeter (as was), in December 2008, the post being made permanent in August 2009. He joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a senior lecturer in September 2011, and was promoted to Reader in July 2016 and to Professor of Philosophy and Intellectual History in July 2018. To date he has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and media pieces, and ten books as either author, editor, or translator. In 2017 he was awarded a British Academy mid-career fellowship.

Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad will be the respondent.

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, and Fellow of the British Academy. He has published over fifty papers on a wide variety of topics, and seven books, the latest of which is Human Being, Bodily Being: Phenomenology from Classical India, Oxford University Press.

Professor Helen Laville will introduce Professor Strickland. Professor Helen Laville is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.


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