Jun 2017The Russian Revolution in Philosophy – 04/06/2017:
Nicholas Hyman explores perceived Russian transitions, including the abolition of serfdom and the abortive 1905 revolution culminating in two revolutions of 1917.
What was the impact of change and of the civil war, on thought about what was possible, and about ends and means, in and beyond Russia, to 1945 and on to the 21st Century?
May 2017The Philosophy of the Anthropocene – 07/05/2017:
An introduction to the Anthropocene:
The talk will fall into three sections. First, what implications has the Anthropocene – as an emerging geological concept – for other disciplines: biology, theology, anthropology and philosophy? Second, should Homo sapiens aspire to be the steward of the natural world; indeed, is H sapiens now unable to avoid that responsibility? Are there non-H.sapiens candidates for that role? Third, what are the political, economic and ethical implications of anthropic global commons? [i.e. What can any human individual, community or country own – and what does ownership mean?] Benjamine Kunkel’s review essay The Capitalocene in the 2 March 2017 issue of the London Review of Books” is a good introduction to the subject.
Apr 2017Peter Fleming - Empathy – 02/04/2017:
Peter Fleming – Founder of the Pellin Institute – pellin.org.uk
Peter a Humanistic Psychotherapist and will speak on Empathy
Mar 2017Hegel and Progress (with some reference to Kant and Marx) – 05/03/2017:
The idea of progress only became fully thinkable with the French Revolution in history and German Idealism in philosophy. Hegel was able to develop an explanatory relationship between progress in philosophy and progress in history. By looking at Hegel, and looking at Kant and Marx, we will be able to see the basis of progress in philosophical truth and historical truth. Progress must be defended against the pessimists.
Feb 2017The End of Art – 05/02/2017:
‘I studied Art Theory and Aesthetics in the same way that other people might study pyramids. It was assumed by my tutors and the texts we read that the “modern” approach to Art, Culture and a way of thinking had ended sometime after the Second World War. Art still happens, artefacts still exist and have relevance to our lives, Egypt is still an important country with culture and even pyramids- but we don’t do pyramids any more.’
Jan 2017Aspects of R G Collingwood – 08/01/2017:
Bob Clarke will discuss R G Collingwood.
R G Collingwood was an English Idealist Philosopher, a polymath, active in Philosophy (and Archaeology!) between the First and Second World Wars. One of his main commitments was to the importance of History for Philosophy. What can he tell us about our own ‘Post-Truth’ age? A few ideas will be canvassed …
Dec 2016Catastrophes and Philosophy – 04/12/2016:
Tambora 1815 to nuclear winter, foreshadowed by the Lisbon earthquake, is a trajectory with impact on mentalities, norms and perceived obligations. Why do most people exclude catastrophes from their probability list?
Nov 2016Coining, Context, Contingency - Philosophy as History? – 06/11/2016:
Just how, and to what extent, is Philosophy dependent on History?
Oct 2016Referenda – 02/10/2016:
When should we trust people to vote as a way of deciding who is to exercise political power? Is there still life in representative Parliamentary Democracy? Are simple majority decisions the best way to address disputes over constitutional matters?
Sep 2016Fascism and Philosophy – 04/09/2016:
From 1922 to 1945, Mussolini then Hitler favoured particular contemporary philosophers. Not with a focus on Heidegger, what was the content and style of Fascist or Nazi philosophy, and does it affect us now?