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Last Night’s Cafe: Sexism, Racism and Existentialism

Are sexist, racist, homophobic or other forms of widespread prejudice always a matter of conscious beliefs? In the UK, ever since the trial of the men suspected of killing Stephen Lawrence, the idea of ‘institutional racism’ has been part of public discourse. The idea that racism – the systematic disadvantaging of people based on the [...]


Next Cafe: Sexism, Racism and Existentialism

Experiments show that someone’s behaviour can manifest racist or sexist attitudes that they don’t agree with. This is a hot topic right now. How does it happen? What can be done about it? We will consider the contributions that two existentialist philosophers, Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon, can make to understanding this ‘implicit bias’. [...]


Moral Psychology on the Screen

What does the moral psychology of characters in film and television narratives add to our engagement with them? This was the topic explored by Dr Jonathan Webber at last night’s Cardiff Philosophy Café, with the aid of three examples: Alfie (the original, with Michael Caine), The Hurt Locker, and The Thick of It. Showing that, [...]


Next Cafe: Film Narrative and Moral Psychology

From tragedies such as Alfie and The Hurt Locker to comedies such as The Thick Of It, can film and television fiction inform our moral outlook? Can it increase our understanding of human motivation? And can it tell us anything about how our moral assessments of other people work? On Tuesday 17 May, join Cardiff University [...]

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