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A collection of Annual Lectures, Symposiums, and Events, brought to you by The Royal Institute of Philosophy 

Annual Lectures, Symposiums, and Events The Royal Institute of Philosophy

    • Society & Culture

A collection of Annual Lectures, Symposiums, and Events, brought to you by The Royal Institute of Philosophy 

    What are the Limits on Free Speech? - The 2023 Annual Symposium

    What are the Limits on Free Speech? - The 2023 Annual Symposium

    Where should we draw the line between hate speech and simply saying things other people don’t want to hear? When some social groups can access media much more easily than others, has the idea of free speech as a free contest of ideas had its day? Should governments intervene to restrict the right to express opinions – for example, on climate change, or vaccination, which are obviously untrue? Obviously according to whom? These are among the urgent questions to be addressed by our panel o...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    What does art tell us about ourselves? Life, art, and philosophy: Alva Noë, London Annual Lecture 2023

    What does art tell us about ourselves? Life, art, and philosophy: Alva Noë, London Annual Lecture 2023

    We make art out of life, but life in turn is remade by art. We are by nature tied to art, and this means, finally, that we can’t really speak of our “nature” at all. We are art’s product. Art is not a late accomplishment of our history, a mere cultural add on. We are entangled with art, and the whole phenomenon of the aesthetic, from the very beginning. If there is to be a science of the human (neuroscience, or cognitive science etc.) it must come to grips with our aesthetic character.In this...

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Presidential Address 2024

    Presidential Address 2024

    Jo Wolff is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. He was named the new President of The Royal Institute of Philosophy in October 2023, and in May 2024 he gave his inaugural Presidential Address.A political philosopher, he has worked on questions of inequality, disadvantage,social justice, and questions of public policy, and in his Address he explored the positive role of ceremo...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Has Science Killed Philosophy? - The 2021 Annual Debate

    Has Science Killed Philosophy? - The 2021 Annual Debate

    Stephen Hawking's proclamation that philosophy is dead was clearly hyperbole. But when it comes to understanding the fundamental nature of reality, has philosophy really got anything left to contribute? Does the rise of physics demand the end of metaphysics?Debating these questions are Carlo Rovelli (Centre de Physique Théorique of the Aix-Marseille University), Eleanor Knox (King’s College London) and Alex Rosenberg (Duke University) with the BBC’s Ritula Shah in the chair.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    'Differentiating Scientific Inquiry and Politics': Heather Douglas, Edinburgh Annual Lecture 2021

    'Differentiating Scientific Inquiry and Politics': Heather Douglas, Edinburgh Annual Lecture 2021

    Over the past two decades, our view of the ideals for science in society has changed. Discussions of the roles for values in science and changes in the views on the responsibilities in science have shifted the understanding of science from ideally value-free to properly value-laden. This shift, however, seems to remove a key difference between science and politics, as now both science and politics are value-laden, and disputes in both can arise from value disagreements. If science is not valu...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Work - A Short History of a Modern Concept with Axel Honneth

    Work - A Short History of a Modern Concept with Axel Honneth

    Axel Honneth’s 2021 Royal Institute of Philosophy Dublin Lecture seeks briefly to reconstruct the history of conceptual disputes about the meaning of work from the beginning of capitalist industrialisation. Initially, the only kind of activity that counted as work in the proper sense was the industrialised manufacture of goods. Subsequently, this extremely narrow view of work was challenged by a succession of social actors who attempt to expand the definition by interpreting additional kinds ...

    • 1 hr 35 min

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