Why Philosophy Matters Seminar Series

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  • Everyone


Edcuation Centre, Ashmolean Museum


Philosophy and the Defence of Wonder with speaker Professor Raymond Tallis

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

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.

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.