Next Royal Institute of Philosophy talk: 'Weakness or Freedom of Will' by Dr Barbie Underwood on Tuesday 12 February 2019
ready to take part - this was a slightly different talk in that it was interactive discussing the notion of Weakness of Will leading to discussing Freewill and Determinism
Some thinking going on !There seems to be more involved than just will power in our eating that extra chocolate or handful of crisps or nuts. Questions arise such as: 'Is our will free to choose or refrain?' or 'is our free will an illusion anyway?' Although aspects of the question were initially discussed by the ancient Greeks, more recently philosophy, psychology, neuroscience have picked up the mantle to go deeper into the question of our choices.
Next Talk: 'The Earthly Paradises of William Morris' a Royal Institute of Philosophy talk given by Chris Bainbridge on Tuesday 08 January 2019
A a very interesting and enjoyable talk on William Morris it was, showing some of his more socialist-marxists leanings 'As for whether Morris was a Marxist, well there are many different varieties of Marxist. But the route described by Morris is very much that outlined by Marx – violent revolution, followed by an authoritarian, centralised state (“dictatorship of the proletariat” )with ultimately the withering away of the state and a communist society based on the principle of “from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs”. Beyond that, Marx said very little about his communist utopia (which is apparently in line with the Jewish tradition)
Barnes Philosophy Club: 'The Value of Art' by Dr Daniel Barnes - A Royal Institute of Philosophy talk
Tuesday 13 November. Daniel Barnes and his 60+ audience, in a local pub on a cold Tuesday night !As his abstract says, he showed just how that despite all the money and headlines, art will survives the ravages of capitalism. High auction prices, billionaire collectors, celebrity endorsements and artists’ publicity stunts only serve to create the myth that the value of art is monetary, but the true value lies in the way that art enriches human existence.
The evening was a mix of fun, interest and serious debate on the Value of Art, being the title of his new book.
Next Talk: 'Utopias and Medical Futures' A Royal Institute of Philosophy Talk by Prof Richard Ashcroft Tuesday 09 October 2018
Dr Barbara Underwood, Chair