Dr Jim Walsh

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As well as being the Chief Executive Officer of Conway Hall Ethical Society, Jim has continued thinking about ethical issues since completing his PhD in 2007. Most recently, his thoughts have taken shape in the form of a blog – An Ethical Thirst – that looks at philosophers such as Hans-Georg Gadamer and Emmanuel Levinas and seeks to provide illustration of their thoughts by drawing parallels from literature, art, music and film. By combining cultural references with philosophical ideas, Jim is hopeful that a new understanding of personal ethics might arise which is accessible to those with little previous knowledge of philosophy.

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Dr Moncure Conway bust

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