Archive for November, 2014

This Friday from 7.40pm at the Friends Meeting House, Dr Andrew Pyle will be speaking on ‘Henry Sidgwick, The Methods of Ethics’.

Dr Andrew Pyle of Bristol University will be talking on a philosophical classic, a book ‘so striking and original in character and of such fundamental importance as fairly to entitle the work to be regarded as epoch- making’. In recent years Sidgwick has been highly praised by no less than Peter Singer and Derek Parfit both of whom consider his Methods of Ethics as the finest exposition of Utilitarianism, a work that has stood the test of time.


I hope to see you there.


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This week we welcome the return of Dr Mark Everard.

The presentation and ensuing discussion will examine:

  • Evolving human needs and how we have satisfied them
  • Changing perspectives on nature and how it supports our needs
  • The slow transition towards more integrated decision-making
  • Thinking in a different, systemic way for a sustainable future.


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This Friday, at 7.40pm at the Friends Meeting House, Neil Davies will be speaking on ‘Assisted Dying’.  Neil says:

Assisted dying is once again in the news as Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill makes it’s way through the House of Lords. In this talk I’ll briefly recount the history of attempts to legalise assisted dying in the UK, how the law currently deals with it and look at where it is currently legal around the world.  I’ll be looking at what ‘assisted dying’ means, what the Bill proposes, what public opinion is currently and what some of the arguments for and against it are. Finally I’ll look at what evidence there is help us form an opinion on those arguments.

I hope to see you then.

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This week, we welcome Jon Berry to the Phil Soc., to speak on this topic.

He says: “Education – or learning, if you prefer – has been central to human life, from the earliest days of hunting and gathering to the present. Currently, the manner in which education is delivered is guaranteed to provoke debate among national leaders, parents and guardians, academics, interested observers, pub orators and, crucially, the students themselves. So much thought is given to curricular content, teaching standards and the minutiae of schools, but rarely do those who run or govern our schools pause to reflect upon the core purpose – what do we really want education to do? Jon Berry’s talk will focus upon the nature of learning itself, and explore whether schools can ever deliver a curriculum that goes beyond qualifications. And, if they can, should they?”

Come along this Friday at 7.40 to hear more.

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