Why Philosophy Matters is back for 2014, and better than ever!
Why Philosophy Matters is a series of events at the Ashmolean Museum, organised by the Royal Institute of Philosophy branch at Oxford Brookes University, and in association with Bloomsbury Publishing.
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SECOND EVENT: Why Philosophy Matters, with Dr. James Garvey (Royal Institute of Philosophy)
Ashmolean Museum Education Centre (nearest entrance from St Giles), Oxford.
Wednesday March 12 2014, 18.00 (drinks and nibbles from 17.45)
In Association with the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University & Bloomsbury Publishing
All Welcome – Free Admission – No Registration Required!
Abstract: Philosophy has had a hard time in the press lately. It's said that philosophy is dead, that is is without content, that it has made no progress in nearly two and a half thousand years. Philosophy departments have been closed by those who say it's an unjustifiable expense. Philosophers, memorably, have been called the gym teachers of academia. Philosophical chestnuts like the problem of free will are said to have scientific solutions, not philosophical ones. Is this criticism justified? Does philosophy still matter?
Dr. James Garvey works for the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. He is the author of The Great Philosophers and The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought (both with Jeremy Stangroom), The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books, The Ethics of Climate Change, and is currently writing book on Why Philosophy Matters for our new Bloomsbury series. James is also editor of The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind and co-editor of the Think Now series of books on social and political philosophy. See http://jamesgarveyactually.wordpress.com/ for more information.