Arthur’s ‘labouring of the lungs’ in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Elsa Hammond is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, working on breath and death in the poetry of…

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The Philosophical Role of Illness

Philosophical methods have been used to study illness for several decades. Havi Carel reverses the relationship between the two, asking:…

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Metaphysics and heavy breathing (or Tippett’s Fourth Symphony)

How can art (in this case, music) illuminate human experience? Here project collaborator Toby Young contemplates Tippett’s Symphony No. 4 (1977), a ‘birth…

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Should I fear my death?

Where death is, I am no longer, where I am death is not. If life and death are mutually exclusive, then…

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Metaphysics and Heavy Breathing (or Tippett’s Fourth Symphony)

Composer Toby Young writes: Tippett’s Fourth Symphony is a vast and complex tone poem, concerned with life, death and the…

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British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2016

Breath in literature, was the theme for a Life of Breath panel at the 2016 Annual Conference of the British…

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The philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively

Principle Investigator on the Life of Breath and professor of philosophy Havi Carel will be giving her inaugural lecture on ‘The…

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