Thursday, 20 September 2012

Philosophers at the Cinema comes to 'Cinema City' :-)

I am running this new series; all welcome; do come along!:  


UEA Philosophers at Cinema City

Cinema City is teaming up with the University of East Anglia for a season of films with philosophical themes.

The screenings are followed by a Q&A with a philosopher, and informal drinks in the bar where the discussion can continue. No prior knowledge of philosophy required!



Monday 8 October, 6.00

Introduced by Tom Greaves.
Director: James Marsh. Featuring: Philippe Petit. UK 2008. 94 mins.
This documentary recounts how, on 7 August 1974, a 24-year-old French high-wire artist named Philippe Petit performed one of the most astonishing stunts of the late 20th century: he strung a thin cable between the two towers of the World Trade Centre and walked across from one building to another, some 1,350 feet above the ground.


Monday 29 October, 6.00

Introduced by Mihai Ometita and Rupert Read.
Director: Werner Herzog. USA 2005. 104 mins. 
Werner Herzog’s documentary explores what motivated Timothy Treadwell, a self-styled conservationist, who was infatuated with Grizzly bears and spent 13 summers in their company, until one day a hungry bear turned on him.


Coming Soon: A SERIOUS MAN (12A)


Thursday, 13 September 2012


A little piece on my take on Kuhn's STRUCTURE at 50:

Top 15 philosophy-psychopathology films

My top 15 philosophical films relevant to psychopathology:
Lord of the Rings trilogy (see 'LOTR', here: )
Prospero's Books
Hiroshima mon amour
L'annee dernier en Marienbad
Fight club
Breaking the waves
Donnie Darko
   And fiteen more runners-up:
The Turin Horse
Julien Donkey-Boy
Dark city
My best fiend
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Titicut follies
Silence of the Lambs
Shutter Island
Zentropa (also called 'Europa')
 [Note, the 'runners-up are not necessarily worse films overall; some of them are clearly better than some of the films in the 'Top' list. But the 'Top' 15 are my top 15 philosophical films relevant to psychopathology]
Comments welcome, with your additions / suggestions!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I will stand for election to Brussels in 2014, for the Greens.

The green party in the Eastern Region are pleased to announce that RUPERT READ will be their lead candidate in the European elections in 2014. Read received very strong support from Green Party members in Eastern England in the member's ballot, that has just been counted, and so will head the list again in 2014, as he did in 2009.


Rupert Read is a teacher and educator. He lives in Norwich with his wife Juliette. He works with UEA's environmental scientists on political philosophy, environmental philosophy and on philosophy of economics. He is chair of Greenhouse ( ) and leads the Green Party in the East of England. He is a former Green Councillor on Norwich, having served two terms there.


Read said "My top priority, if I become an MEP here in the East in 2014, will be to work for a big investment in green jobs: good jobs for the future, in areas like sustainable local agriculture, public transport, and renewable energy ".


Greens gained more votes than any other party between the Euro elections of 2004 and 2009 in Eastern England, and only very narrowly missed out on gaining a Euro MP. Being just 1% away from getting a Euro-MP in Eastern England, and being runners up last time, the Green Party is in pole position to get Read elected in 2014.





A) The Green Party is the first Party in the East of England to announce its lead candidate for the 2014 Euro elections. The rest of the Green Euro list will be announced at the Eastern Region Green Party AGM in Cambridge, on Oct. 14th,


B) The European elections are by proportional representation, which greatly increases the Green Party's chances of winning.

C) The Green Party already has two MEP's in the neighbouring regions on London and the South - East.

D) Eastern Region is one of three top 'target regions' which the Green Party nationally is resourcing in order to gain an MEP at the European elections.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

My INDY letter on Syrian

Check out my multi-signed letter, along with a bunch of Syrian and Arab intellectuals, laying into Fisk's sad piece on Syrian jails:
Scroll down for it.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Climate is Culture


David Buckland, the Director of Cape Farewell, will be giving this talk on Thursday 20 September at 5.30 in E Fry 01.05. It is organised to mark the commencement of the new UEA MA/MSc Degree (that I am Course Director of), between HUM and SCI, in Environmental Sciences and Humanities, and all are welcome to attend.

David Buckland is an artist, writer, curator and film director who created and now directs the international Cape Farewell programme. The Cape Farewell project has over the past 12 years involved some of our best creative minds to create a different language of engagement and begin to vision what a sustainable future might look like. During this presentation, David Buckland will show films and artworks from the international artists and present just why we need a cultural shift and how this is a positive and exciting opportunity.

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Rupert's Read

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