The University of Brighton Philosophy Society has been in existence for more than twenty years. Run by undergraduates on the BA Humanities Programme, with the assistance of Bob Brecher, Director of CAPPE, its understanding of Philosophy is broad and non-specialised, and its speakers come from a variety of disciplines and include people from outside the universities as well as both established academics and post-graduate students. The idea is to open up issues to philosophical debate that have everyday resonance: topics have included, for example, so-called terrorism; animal "rights"; the nature of morality; the aims of education; Kierkegaard; freedom of speech; the responsibilities of the media; war photography; the prospects for progressive politics; pornography; sexual ethics; and liberalism.
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The Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG) was founded in 2011 by postgraduate students, with the aim of providing an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of critical ideas and practices in light of the socio-political struggles we face today. The challenges that interdisciplinarity might pose are counteracted by our shared interest in the role and scope of critical thought and practice in the context of contemporary capitalism. For more information on the CSRG, please visit brightoncsrg.noblogs.org.