Online Zoom Forum: An Evening with Prof Sophie Grace Chappell.

Chair: Professor Joe Goldblatt is Emeritus Professor of Planned Events at Queen Margaret University. He has been an campaigner and activist for human rights throughout his life.

Organized by Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP, and supported by Edinburgh Interfaith Association, EIFA.

Date: Thursday 17 June 2021.
Time: Forum: 7pm-8.45pm (UK time).

Event Description: Framework for Conversation:

1. Welcome, ground rules (audience video disabled, audience remains on mute and at end submits questions through Q & A), use speaker view for best images.
Programme on Zoom will begin at 7pm and will end at 8:45pm, Thursday 17 June 2021. Welcome to a conversation with Professor Sophie Grace Chappell.
2. Introduce Professor Chappell.
3. Questions about Professor’s personal and academic journey.
4. Questions about Professor Chappell’s transition exploration, decision and experience.
5. Questions about the world’s wider view about transgender persons and why it is so contentious with some individuals and groups.
6. Questions about the field of philosophy and lessons learned that may be applied to transgender rights.
7. Questions about Greek dramatists and how their themes such as Antigone, Lysistrata, The Trojan Women may be applied to transgender rights.
8. Questions about how young people who are exploring transition may be better supported by the public, private, Third sector and faith groups.
9. Question about Professor Chappell’s hopes, aspirations and ambitions are for future generations in terms of their understanding of transgender persons and overall equality.
10.  Audience questions
11.  Summary and vote of thanks.


Sophie Grace Chappell is a Professor of Philosophy at the Open University, UK, Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2017-2020, Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, St Andrews 2017-2020, and Erskine Research Fellow, University of Canterbury NZ, Spring 2020. She was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Edinburgh University. She was Director of the Scots Philosophical Association, 2003-2006. Since 2000 she has been Reviews Editor of The Philosophical Quarterly and Treasurer of the Mind Association. In 2021 she will be a REF sub-panellist for Philosophy. She has held visiting appointments in the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, British Columbia, Stirling, Reykjavik, and Oslo. She has published over a hundred articles on ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, ancient philosophy and philosophy of religion. Her books include Aristotle and Augustine on Freedom (Macmillan, 1995), Understanding Human Goods (Edinburgh University Press, 2003), The Inescapable Self: an Introduction to Philosophy (Orion, 2005), Reading Plato’s Theaetetus (Hackett, 2005), Ethics and Experience (Acumen, 2009), and Knowing What to Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has also edited or co-edited five collections of essays in ethics, most recently The Problem of Moral Demandingness (Routledge 2011), Intuition, Theory, and Anti-Theory in Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Ethics Beyond The Limits: Essays on Bernard Williams’ Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (Routledge, 2019). Her main current research is about epiphanies, immediate and revelatory encounters with value, and their place in our experience and our philosophical ethics. She was a Governor of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists 2012-2018. She is a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (climbing new winter routes up to grade VII,7), an active poet and translator of the classical Greek dramatists, and an untalented but keen cyclist and pianist. She is the UK’s first openly transgender philosophy academic, having transitioned in 2014, and campaigns actively on feminist and transgender issues. She lives with her family in Dundee.



Prof Sophie Grace Chappell

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