Minorities and Philosophy


26 April 2023
13:00 - 14:30
Ravensteynzaal (Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht University and MS Teams

#5 The Philosopher Queen Mary Midgley (presented by Ellie Robson)

In the Philosopher Queens Seminar Series we learn about and discuss the work of philosophers from the book “Philosopher Queens” (ed. by Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting, Unbound, 2020). The aim of this series is to introduce the audience, especially undergrad students, to the work of female philosophers and to bring attention to the issue of epistemic and structural injustice within the academic philosophy and philosophical ‘canon’. By asking contributors of the “Philosopher Queens” to participate in this event, we also wish to promote contemporary underrepresented philosophers.

Philosopher Queens Seminar Series #5

Mary Midgley

Presented by Ellie Robson


In this edition of the Philosopher Queens Seminar Series we will learn about Mary Midgley (1919–2018), a British philosopher who wrote on ethics, animals, human nature, and science.

The seminar starts with a presentation by Ellie Robson (Birkbeck, University of London) who will introduce us to the life and work of Mary Midgley, followed by an open discussion based on the talk.


About the speaker:

Ellie is a PhD researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses primarily on the moral philosophy of Mary Midgley and Philippa Foot. Other research interest include: Neo-Aristotelian Ethical Naturalism, Women in the history of 20th Century Philosophy. 


Would you like to participate in this event?

To register click here.

This event will take place in a hybrid format. There are around 20 spots available to those who want to attend in person.


This seminar is open to everyone, undergrad philosophy students are especially encouraged to attend.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Barbara (b.k.bziuk@uu.nl).