Talks and Events
Sat 23 Jun 2018

The Mind's Eye: The Photographs of Derek Parfit


Jeff McMahan, Janet Radcliffe-Richards and Nigel Warburton join Mary Wild to discuss the previously unpublished oeuvre of Derek Parfit, complicating the legacy of this century’s most original moral philosopher.

This talk coincides with the first ever exhibition from the archive of photographs captured by Derek Parfit, one of the most unusual and influential philosophers of our time, currently on display at narrative projects.

Speakers include Jeff McMahan, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy and Janet Radcliffe-Richards, Professor of Practical Philosophy, who was married to Derek Parfit until his death in 2017, both at the University of Oxford. McMahan uncovers the process of archiving Parfit's work, while Radcliffe-Richards recollects his idiosyncratic method and practice. The two are joined by Nigel Warburton, philosopher, podcaster and author of The Art Question and Philosophy Bites, who explores the relationship between photography and philosophy. The conversation will be chaired by Mary Wild, film researcher and creator of the PROJECTIONS public lecture series (psychoanalysis for film interpretation).

£8/£5 members and concessions. Ticket price includes entry to all exhibitions on the same day.

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The Photographs of Derek Parfit are on display at narrative projects from 11 May to 30 June 2018. This free exhibition is just a short distance from The Photographers' Gallery is open to visit from 11.00 on the same day as the talk.