Chris Ormell was a Demy at Magdalen College Oxford (in Maths, Politics & Economics) He studied postgraduate philosophy at Oxford after completing mathematics finals. He was supervised briefly by Gilbert Ryle and afterwards for a year by John Austin, from whom he learnt linguistic analysis. He has taught at the universities of Leicester, Reading and East Anglia in UK and at Monash, Deakin, UC Berkeley (Visiting Scholar) and UBC Vancouver (Visiting Professor) abroad. He is an FRSA and FIMA. He has published more than a hundred academic papers in journals including philosophical papers in Mind, Philosophy, Theoria to Theory, Cogito, The Philosopher, The Ethical Record, The Higher. He has written about 25 books. He met Alan Turing while he was still an undergraduate, and Imre Lakatos at a joint session in Cambridge in 1962.
Some People Involved in the PER Group:
The late Prof. Antony Flew was an Hon. Vice President. The late Prof. Le Roi Daniels (UBC) was an Editorial Advisor. The late Fred Naylor was a Committee member of the P E R Group.
Hon. Vice Presidents: Prof. Peter Abbs, Prof. Paul Hirst, Prof. Richard Pring, Michael Smith, Philip Snelders
Current P E R Group Committee
Dr Eric Blaire (Chair), Denise Keir (Vice-Chair), Dr Sean Vertigan (Treasurer), Chris Ormell (Secretary), Sheila Richards
(Membership Secretary), Prof. Lorraine Foreman-Peck, Dr Norman Bacrac (SPES Liaison), Anna Ginatta.
Editorial Advisors PROSPERO: Prof. Robin Barrow, Prof Ken Clements, Prof. Nerida Ellerton, Michael Frayn, Dr Michael Liau, Prof. Fayez Mina, Prof. Geraldo Pompeu, Dr Alistair Robertson, Prof. Seth Spaulding, Prof. Maxwell Stephens, Dr Jean Warburton, Prof. Richard Whitfield, Prof. Christopher Winch.
PROSPERO EDITORS: Chris Ormell (Founder Editor), Prof. Patrick Keeney (North America Editor), Dr Sean Vertigan.
The PER Group has been addressed since 1993 by leading figures including Mary Midgley, Brenda Almond, Richard Pring, Paul Standish, Ronald Barnett, Robin Barrow, Kieran Egan, Richard Harries, Anthony Seldon, Patricia White, Richard Smith, Christopher Winch, Raymond Tallis.
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Four members of the PER Group attended the Philosophy Sociey of England's (PSEs) 100th Anniversary Conference at Malmesbury over the weekend 19-21 October 2012. A very enjoyable conference, well attended by PSE members and friends and local Malmesbury philosophers. Most of the talks consisted of looking back at philosophy during the last 100 years and earlier. A repeated theme was the scholasticism into which many academic philosophy departments have fallen, partly as a result of the inept managerialism imposed onto universities by the government.
The liveliest talk was Angela Hobbs on what we can learn from Greek philosophy today. The emphasis of most of the talks was on moral, political and social philosophy. Martin Cohen's talk, though, commended thought experiments, and touched lightly on the mathematical and scientific side of philosophy. The awful quagmires of current maths, cosmology, quantum theory, etc. though went unmentioned.
You can get an electronic copy of PER News 100 (published March 2013) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The P E R Group programme for 2013 involves a P E R Lecture on June 22nd, a talk in Blackheath on September 10th, a Day Conference in Cambridge (Wolfson College) on September 21st and a Celebration Day Conference at Conway Hall on November 30th. ---a conference to celebrate 20 years of the P E R Group.