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Birkbeck Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Group Inaugural Lecture: Anton Wilhelm Amo: a (Pro)vocation

Venue: Online

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The Birkbeck Philosophy department has recently started its own chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP). We think that philosophy as a discipline is not diverse enough, and we want to work towards: a) building an inclusive philosophical community at Birkbeck, and b) promoting minority philosophers and philosophical topics at Birkbeck and beyond.


The Birkbeck group for Minorities and Philosophy invites you to join our Inaugural Lecture, which will be given by Dr. Dwight K. Lewis (University of Central Florida) on November 6th 2020. The title of this lecture is "Anton Wilhelm Amo: a (Pro)vocation”. Amo (1703 – c. 1759) was the first African Ph.D. and teacher of philosophy at a European university in the modern era, and made important but neglected contributions to debates around Cartesian mind/body dualism.


Dr. Lewis’s research focuses on concepts of human difference (e.g., race, gender, and sexuality), underrepresented philosophers, early modern philosophy generally construed, Africana Philosophy, and philosophy of race. He also runs a podcast on related topics called Larger, Freer, More Loving. We are super excited to start off the academic year and our newly formed MAP chapter with Dr. Lewis’s talk.


There will be a reading group on Amo’s work ahead of Dr. Lewis’s lecture, and we invite all Birkbeck students and staff to participate. More info, alongside readings and times, will be passed around internally in due course.

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