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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »