Being and the Voice of Philosophy

Philosophy Workshop

Sponsored by the PSE Northern Group

Being and the Voice of Philosophy

Saturday, 23rd September, 2017

10.30 am – 6.00 pm

Methodist Hall, Alnmouth,


 This year’s guest speaker is Michael Lewis. He is a lecturer in philosophy at Newcastle University. Among his many publications is Heidegger beyond Deconstruction: On Nature, 2007

What type of language might be able to express the mere fact of being, the being or existence of an individual substance? The philosophic voice that aspires to capture being has frequently been thought as a voice that not only refrains from predication, from the application of predicates, and hence the subsumption of an individual thing beneath a general concept, but also holds in suspense the use of words as such. What would such a language be? Can we imagine a stage in the formation of a sentence in some sense ‘prior to’ its crystallisation in the form not just of a proposition or sentence, but even in the form of a word? Before we can speak, we must breathe, and it is this breath that was invoked by the Western philosophical tradition, as a way of thinking about the language that is used to think of being.





Talks will be given by Michael Lewis and Michael Bavidge under these titles:

  • Breath in the History of Philosophy
  • The Philosophic Voice
  • Three kinds of voice which are merely breath
  • Conversation and Discourse

If you would like to join us please enrol by contacting Michael Bavidge, 6 Craghall Dene Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1QR

Fee: £15 payable on the day

 Alnmouth is on the main London to Edinburgh train line.


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About Michael Bavidge

Michael Bavidge was a lecturer in philosophy at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Newcastle University. For ten years before he retired, he ran the Adult Education Programme at the university. He has written on psychopathy and the law, pain and suffering, and animal minds. With Ian Ground he wrote 'Do Animals Need a 'Theory of Mind?' which appeared in Against Theory of Mind edited by Ivan Laudar and Alan Costall (2009). Suffering and Choice in Pain, Suffering and Healing ed, Peter Wemyss-Gorman (2011).

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