Raymond Tallis - Philosophy and the Defence of Wonder

This event has now finished. Please see our events website for details of upcoming events at Brookes.

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Ashmolean Museum Education Centre


Raymond Tallis - Philosophy and the Defence of Wonder

Why Philosophy Matters lecture at The Ashmolean Museum, Education Centre 
(nearest entrance from St. Giles)

'The world will never starve for want of wonders, only for want of wonder' GK Chesterton remarked. In this talk, I will argue that wonder is our proper state and examine all the reasons why we are so rarely in that state. I shall then discuss the competing claims of art, science and philosophy to be the 'friends of wonder' that we need fully to be alive. Philosophy - an articulate wonder that 'untakes the taken for granted' - is re-affirmed as a necessary but somewhat neglected complement to the arts and sciences

All welcome - free entrance (no booking required)
Wine and nibbles will be provided.

Please arrive early to secure a seat



Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist's Intelligent Life Magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world.