Philosophy

 

Founded by the late Victor Suchar.

The Philosophy Group at BRLSI endeavours to provide time for thought and reflection on many of the major questions of our time, both in the form lectures by eminent speakers and through lively discussion in the Café Philo series. Philosophy is the love of wisdom and it starts with wonder. We look forward to welcoming you to our evenings of philosophical exploration.

If you are interested in brief summaries of previous talks and lectures, you can find these in the new Philosophy Compendium by clicking here.

 

 

The 2018 BRLSI Philosophy Programme              

 

 

                                    

04 September 2018    The Mystery of Music

                                   Professor Ray Monk, University of Southampton

 

 

Previous meetings

 

03 July 2018                 Cafe Philo - What good are the Arts?       Professor Gerard Kilroy

                                       Introduced by Sir Christopher Frayling

 

08 June 2018                 An Introduction to Hume

                                      Professor Karim Esmail, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion

                                      at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

 

01 May 2018                  Is Post-Truth Fake News?

                                        Professor Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge



                                

03 April 2018                 A Kantian view of Europe (and Brexit)

                                        Professor Simon Glendinning, LSE

 

06 March 2018                 Why do we have Ethics?

                                          Dr Don Cameron, BRLSI Convenor

 

06 February 2018              Kierkegaard's concept of Anxiety and Immanuel Kant

                                          Professor Alison Assiter, University of the West of England

 

02 January 2018                 Philosophical mini-debates

                                           Chaired by Dr Don Cameron, BRLSI Convenor

 

05 December 2017             Café Philo              How tolerant are we?

                                            Chaired by Professor Gerard Kilroy

 

07 November 2017             The Philosophy of Humanism

                                            Professor A C Grayling, The New College of the Humanities

 

03 October 2017                  An Introduction to Philosophy for Children           

 

                                            Tom Bigglestone, The Philosophy Man

 

05 September 2017             PRACTICAL REASON

 

                                            Professor John Broome, Oxford University

 

 

04 July 2017                        CAFÉ PHILO – DOES TRUTH MATTER?

                                             Chaired by Professor Gerard Kilroy

 

02 June 2017                       The Problem of Evil

                                             Dr Karem Esmail

 

02 May 2017                        'Reaching the Limits'

                                              Professor Jane Heal, University of Cambridge

 

04 April 2017                    ‘The meaning of existence – being and becoming’  

                                           Andreas Wasmuht, BRLSI Philosophy Co-Convenor

 

07 March 2017                    'Artists and Engineers'

                                             Professor D H Mellor, University of Cambridge

 

07 February 2017                 'Gossip, Power and Culture - The engine of Society'

                                              A C B Wilson, member of the BRLSI Philosophy Group

 

03 January 2017                   'Cafe Philo - How good is Democracy?'

                                              Professor Gerard Kilroy, University College London

 

29 November 2016             'Sex: The Philosophy'

                                             Dr Donald Cameron, BRLSI Convenor

 

28 October 2016                 ‘Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings’

                                                Professor Christopher French, Goldsmiths, University of London

 

04 October 2016                  ‘How we think and how we ought to’

                                                Professor Richard Pettigrew, Bristol University

 

06 September 2016              Café Philo – 'What is Happiness'

                                                Professor Gerard Kilroy, University College London

 

12 July 2016                         'Philosophy and the Internet'

                                              Matthew Harris, Head of Religious Studies and IB Coordinator,

                                              Warminster School

 

05 July 2016                         ‘Stoicism’ 

                                                Dr. Kurt Lampe, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Bristol University

 

07 June 2016                        ‘The Evolution of Religion’ – Is it adaptive to believe that God is on your side?

                                                Dr. Michael Price, Brunel University

 

03 May 2016                       ‘Is Philosophy dead?’

                                                David Hampshire, University of Warwick

 

05 April 2016                   Can Science and Information Technology replace Philosophy?

                                          Dr. Donald Cameron, Philosophy Convenor

 

01 March 2016                 'Tools to transform our thinking'

                                            Professor Daniel Dennett, Tufts University

 

02 February 2016                   Café Philo – ‘Why is speech so special?’

                                              Professor Gerard Kilroy – University College London

 

05 January 2016                  ‘The Holy Good or the Wholly Good’

                                                Duncan McGibbon, BRLSI

 

Members’ Papers: As always, I am encouraging our members to do a little research and consider presenting a paper. If you are uncertain, get in touch and we can talk about it. You can learn so much more about a subject by actually doing it, rather than just listening. Dates from July 2012 onward, except October, are still open

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