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And for our first event of the Autumn term we have our Chair  – Paul Archer  

“THE JOY OF TAX” 

Here’s Pauls intro,

“Around the world, it is taxation that pays for pensions, healthcare, education and other hallmarks of a modern state and yet fundamental discussion about taxation policy is relatively unusual and poorly informed. 

I want to discuss the universal issues surrounding taxation policy in the context of the mechanics of the United Kingdom system of taxation and think about why taxation policy is so difficult.

We will look at the principle of progressivity, the academic debate about top marginal rates and the best taxation policy for economic growth as well as addressing the great challenge to taxation policy described by behavioural economists as ‘loss aversion’.”

expect close argument,  backed up with good solid data, followed by a very lively discussion.

To get us all in the mood  – here’s George Harrisons opinion – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtksJEj2Keg

see you all at the usual place – Friends Meeting House – Eastcott Hill – Swindon SN1 3JF 7:40 – 9:40pm


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Autumn 2015 Schedule

11 Sept                  The Joy of Tax                      Paul Archer

18 Sept Are Humans Driverless Cars? Freewill Revisited John Little

25 Sept    (see this space)

2 Oct Our Moral Duties to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Prof. Chris Bertram

9 Oct The Circle of Stupid: Ethics Beyond Belief Dr David Webster

16 Oct Mill on the Subjugation of Women Dr Andrew Pyle

23 Oct Wherefore Art Thou, Festival of Literature? Matt Holland

30 Oct Science without a Generalised Theory of Evolution Rahman Khatibi

6 Nov Rudyard Kipling & the Emotional Power of Buddhist Art Susie Paskins

13 Nov From Brain Structure to Behaviour Dr Alex DeSouza

20 Nov The Charity Business David Hillyard

27 Nov The Paris Climate Change Conference Gerry Hannon

4 Dec Sustainable Development: an Insufficient Survival Goal Dr Mark Everard

11 Dec The Politically Incorrect Science of Human Nature Steve Miller

18 Dec Desert Island Books Gary Loyden

The Philosophical Society meets on Fridays from 7.40 to 9.40 at the
Friends’ Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, Swindon SN1 3JF.
The usual format is an hour’s talk followed by discussion.
Everyone is welcome – just turn up.
There is a charge of £2.00 (students free) to cover expenses

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