Why Philosophy Matters Seminar Series

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  • Everyone



Why Moral Philosophy Matters with speaker Brad Hooker, University or Reading

In this talk Professor Brad Hooker puts forth a case for the significance of moral philosophy beyond the narrow confinements of academic debates.

Brad Hooker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is best know for his defence of rule-consequentialism in his book Ideal Code, Real World. Professor Hooker has also edited several books on moral philosophy (including Truth in Ethics) and is currently writing a book on the history of 20th century moral philosophy.

Why Philosophy Matters is a new series of events organised by the Royal Institute of Philosophy branch at Oxford Brookes University
in association with The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and I.B. Tauris

This series of events explores the relevance and significance philosophical ideas from across the history of thought and celebrates the incalculable ways in which philosophers have helped to change our understanding of the world and, consequently, the world itself. Speakers shall offer timely answers to questions about philosophical impact, making a case for the ongoing value of philosophy in a scientistic age in which Stephen Hawking recently announced that 'philosophy is dead'. The series aims to demonstrate that the historical impact of philosophy has been at least as significant as that of science, and continues to be important in ways that may not always be immediately measurable. 

Events take place at 18.00 at the Ashmolean Museum, Education Centre  (nearest entrance from St. Giles), unless otherwise noted. All events are all free and open to the general public (no booking required) and shall take the form of talks, debates, conversations, and conferences. A series of related books will be published by I.B. Tauris.