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Date & Time

7pm in Tokyo / 10am London (UTC)
Saturday 12th December 2020

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Istvan Zoltan Zardai

István Zardai


Yasuhiro Yotsumoto

Yasuhiro Yotsumoto


Shoko Kinoshita

Shoko Kinoshita


Poet Yasuhiro Yotsumoto and philosopher Istvan Zardai will host a virtual conversation through Zoom, as the Japan-leg of the global trip of Midgley's Biscuit Tin. The conversation will be free and open to all.

Yasuhiro and Istvan will discuss a number of topics connected to the central theme of ‘Instinct’ in Midgley's work including “Beast and Man” and “Science and Poetry”.

After a 25-30 minute introduction we will open the floor for questions and carry on the conversation with the participation of our audience.

The conversation will be accompanied by the release of an electronic volume. This little booklet will contain Yasuhiro's and Istvan's letters exchanged in preparation for the event, and a cycle of Yasuhiro's poems prompted by Mary's work.


Please note: A recording of the event will be made available on this site. Anyone attending the event who does not wish to appear in this recording is asked to turn off the camera to their device, and make use of the chat function should you wish to participate in the conversation.




Concept of Beastliness: Philosophy, Ethics and Animal Behaviour
Philosophy, vol. 48 (1973), pp. 111-135