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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Penultimate Curiosity: Science, Religion and the Big Questions

Sunday 2nd October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 2nd Aug, 2016
Penultimate Curiosity

The Penultimate Curiosity sets out to answer one of the most profound questions about the development of human thought: why is it that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as ‘science’ and ‘religion’ have been so closely entangled?

Free

Sunday Assembly London presents:

Sunday Assembly – Death

Sunday 2nd October @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Thu, 22nd Sep, 2016
Sunday Assembly all about Death

Come and join us for a Sunday Assembly all about Death!

Free
£10

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Linos Trio

Sunday 2nd October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat, 23rd Jul, 2016
Linos Trio

CPE Bach: Sonata in C Wq.89/2
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor Op.66
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, arr. Linos Piano Trio
Debussy: La Mer arr. Sally Beamish

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Philosophy and Film

Monday 3rd October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
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Charlie Chaplin, Star Wars, Marilyn Monroe, Dr Strangelove. The cultural, social, and political impact of film has made it a central part of our lives — but why? This short course provides an opportunity to discuss the philosophical contributions of some of the main thinkers working in this area. Each week short extracts from selected films will be used as the basis for our discussions.

£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Philosophy of Love

Monday 3rd October @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
London School of Philosophy

This course will investigate the nature of love in general, but will concentrate on erotic love, and its philosophical history from Plato to the present; also touching on what anthropology, literature and neuroscience say about it.

£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

German Idealism Reading Group

Monday 3rd October @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
London School of Philosophy

This course, running over two terms, will consider Fichte’s ‘Attempt at a New Presentation of the Wissenschaftslehre’ (1797-1798) and Schelling’s On the World Soul, A Hypothesis of Higher Physics (May 1798).

£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Introduction to Philosophy

Monday 3rd October @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
London School of Philosophy

This is a general Introduction to Philosophy based on the individual course of the same name which is part of the University of London International Programme in Philosophy. Students who register for this examination will benefit from a programme of study which is tailored to the subject-centred approach found in this text.

£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger on Violence

Monday 3rd October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
London School of Philosophy

We will discuss the problem of violence as it emerges as a theme – or remains tantalisingly beneath the surface – in the work of three great contemporary theorists of the human condition. The texts studied will include Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and On the Genealogy of Morals; Freud’s Totem and Taboo and Beyond the Pleasure Principle; and Heidegger’s ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’ and ‘The Question concerning Technology’.

Free

Rhinegold LIVE presents:

City Music Foundation Showcase

Monday 3rd October @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 9th Aug, 2016
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Join us at this very special recital to see a selection of artists clearly marked as ones to watch, and experience first-hand the important work that this key foundation undertakes in the UK music sector.

This concert is followed by an informal Q&A which will be conducted by Kimon Daltas, editor of Classical Music magazine.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

New Shakespeare and Philosophy

Tuesday 4th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed, 20th Jul, 2016
London School of Philosophy

Should philosophers go to the theatre? Can philosophy learn from Shakespeare? We will explore themes in political and moral philosophy, as well as philosophical anthropology using five plays by Shakespeare, including Othello and Measure for Measure.

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Venue Hire

Venue Hire: Main Hall

With a capacity of 400 spread over balcony and floor seating, our Main Hall retains its period features and is internationally renowned for its excellent acoustics.

Brockway Room - room hire in central London

The Brockway Room has a capacity of 70 people, and is ideal for meetings, lectures, and even exhibitions.

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

The Bertrand Russell Room has a capacity of 35 people, and is perfect for auditions, rehearsals and meetings.

Venue and room hire in central London

Our Foyer and a further suite of three additional rooms, with capacities between 8 and 35, fulfils our complement of discrete hireable, rooms and spaces.

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A wide range of AV equipment is available to hire – technical support for events can be arranged in advance.

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Weddings at Conway Hall

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Library

The largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK, our Library and archives are open to all.

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Conway Hall’s library and archives contain a wealth of historical texts, artworks, music and other printed materials.

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We have commenced the process of digitising our collections in order to share them beyond the confines of our building. Our first digital collection is called Architecture and Place and explores the history of the buildings that have or do shelter our Society, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the spaces which we have called home.

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Experience the Library as if you were here!

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See the amazing gems from our archives. An 18 month collaborative project between the Bishopsgate Institute and Conway Hall.

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You can search both our library books and archives online via our catalogue.

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A reference Library open to all. Whether you’re a dedicated researcher or just curious, come and browse our shelves.

London Thinks

Ideas Roadshow & Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – A Critical Conversation with Onora O’Neill

Thursday 6th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 25th Aug, 2016
Onora Oneill

Join us for an intimate evening with Baroness O’Neill as she embarks on a wide-ranging discussion with Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton on her academic career, philosophical evolution, and the vital public role for philosophy and philosophical thinking.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Ladybird Books and Constructing the Future Past of Modern Britain

Monday 10th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 7th Jun, 2016
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In this lovingly illustrated evening, a gaggle of architects and historians talk us through the dreams and the reality portrayed in Ladybird books over the decades.

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London Thinks – A Critical Conversation with Roger Penrose

Thursday 10th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 25th Aug, 2016
Roger Penrose

Celebrated theoretical physicist Sir Prof Roger Penrose speaks with Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton on the current and future state of theoretical physics in keeping with his latest book, Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe.

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London Thinks – A Critical Conversation with John Elliott

Thursday 1st December @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 25th Aug, 2016
John Elliott

Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus at Oxford University joins Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton to discuss Spain, Catalan separatist movements past and present, and the life of a historian.

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Ethical Record

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Eye-Opening Conversations

Posted on: Fri, 23rd Sep, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 17th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Dr Nick Heap – an authority in the art of conversation – discusses its very essence, and also takes it to the next level and explores “Eye-Opening Conversations.” ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Nick Heap

Obituary: Harold Hillman 1930 – 2016

Posted on: Fri, 23rd Sep, 2016
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
Book Review

The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Movement

Posted on: Fri, 23rd Sep, 2016
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

By: Stephen LeDrew (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Review by: Dr Bill Cooke

The English historian Norman Stone once noted that doctoral dissertations are about amassing ponderous armies of facts to pursue a war of attrition on behalf of some trivial insight. The Evolution of Atheism, which is the result of Stephen LeDrew’s doctoral work, is an example of this genre. For the most part, the book is […]

Edinburgh, UK - June 24, 2016: The front pages of a selection of British newspapers on the day following the referendum on membership of the European Union, known as the Brexit referendum. Edinburgh, UK - June 24, 2016: The front pages of a selection of British newspapers on the day following the referendum on membership of the European Union, known as the Brexit referendum.
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Discussion on EU Referendum Result

Posted on: Mon, 5th Sep, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 24th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Discussion on EU Referendum Result: Joseph Lacey, Panellist for the THINKING ON SUNDAY event on 24 July 2016, the other panellists being Lucy Anderson, Simon Usherwood and Norman Bacrac ...Read More »

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42. Nausea

Posted on: Sun, 4th Sep, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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41. Nothingness

Posted on: Sat, 3rd Sep, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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40. The Third Man

Posted on: Thu, 25th Aug, 2016
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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Corbynomics Can Work

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 22nd May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Neil Faulkner argues that the biggest barrier to Jeremy Corbyn’s rational economic policy is the huge profit the super-rich are making from an irrational one ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Neil Faulkner FSA
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Utopia Now

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

At a time when Britain has never looked so divided after the vote to Brexit, we have to seriously consider the question ‘Is our system of governance fit for purpose in the 21st century?’ How is it that so many people have such a lack of faith in their own nation’s political system that they would rather that authority be handed to bureaucrats in Brussels despite its being democratically further away? How is it that people are so resigned to the fact that, ultimately, Parliament does not deliver what the people want yet is still allowed to function? ...Read More »

Speaker: Reggie Adams
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Congratulations on the Brexit Vote for Democracy!

Posted on: Tue, 23rd Aug, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Patricia McKenna, former MEP for Dublin, in discussion with Professor Takis Tridimas. Based on an address given to the Ethical Society, 12 June 2016, gleefully updated ...Read More »

Speaker: Patricia McKenna

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