Ethical Record Talks & Lectures

Santayana

A talk on Santayana, is, I think, timely. For many years he’s suffered undeserved neglect in Britain; he doesn’t – as I believe he should – occupy a major   place on university   philosophy courses,   or in   the philosophy section of bookshops and libraries. The neglect is curious in view of…

The Anatomy of Modern Wars

My first contacts with the Russian language and people were in the late 60s but I first visited Russia in 2009, and have maintained a close interest ever since. The aim of this talk is to briefly look at the background to the present situation in Ukraine for which most…

Britain's Head of State should be elected

Debate  In 1215 bad King John was confronted by his rebellious barons and forced to concede them some rights, later enshrined in the Magna Carta. Amazingly, for the next 800 years, apart from a 12 year blip in 1648, the monarchy has continued in this country. Now, in 2015, some…

Puzzling the Body Phenomena

As the title suggests, this talk is concerned with the living body experience in connection with the philosophical problem of mind and body within the existential and phenomenological framework. The focus will be on three different perspectives: how I perceive my body, my relationship to the body of the other…

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Mon, 30th Mar, 2015
Should People have a Right to know their own Genome?

What does it mean ‘to know your own genome’? Genetic knowledge has become much more easily available in recent years. We no longer receive information exclusively in the context of a conversation with our physician or genetic counsellor. Nowadays we can also obtain genomic information in the form of raw…

Sartre and the Anguish of Freedom

Sartre proclaimed how free we are – able to choose what to do, be and feel. But this freedom is not a liberation but a life-sentence – with hard labour. If we are to follow Sartre’s exacting strictures on avoiding bad faith, then we will always be scrupulously monitoring ourselves…

TTIP: A deal that will end our freedom

Ever heard of TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? It is a “Free Trade” deal with the United States currently under consideration by the European Union. Trade deals used to be about removing import tariffs. This one is also about the rights to invest in the provision of…

Is Anarchism Relevant in Today’s World?

When Tony Blair committed the British government to join the war in Iraq, the huge demonstrations against were unsuccessful. Has society learnt anything from this and, in particular, does anarchism have a role to play? The ideal of anarchism is the abolition of all government and the organisation of society on a voluntary,…

So, there is no God?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.. John 1.1 So begins my PhD thesis, written in 1983. It is a quote from the beginning of John’s Gospel, one of 4 accounts of Jesus and of 60 or more books that…

Dr Adam Rutherford, Prof Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Rev Giles Fraser in conversation about Life, the Universe, and Everything. The event will be facilitated by Samira Ahmed. Update: A selection of authors (and related) books will be available by Newham Bookshop for purchase and signing on the night. Religion, science and ethics have always…

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