Unfortunately, Richard David Precht is not now able to travel from Germany for this event. The event is going ahead and will now consist of the other speakers covering everyday philosophy for 70 minutes and following a break, the panel will take quick fire questions from the audience on philosophical matters and respond.
What is philosophy and who needs it? Is life meaningless? What do the great philosophers tell us about birth, love, being wise and death? What can philosophy say about free speech and happiness, the impact of new technology, work and shopping? Is there a God? A panel, made up of some of the leading UK philosophers, debates philosophy and everyday life with Angie Hobbs, Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy, Warwick University; Robert Rowland Smith, whose latest book is Driving With Plato: The Meaning of Life’s Milestones; and Nigel Warburton, lecturer in philosophy at the Open University and co-founder of the podcast Philosophy Bites. Chaired by Julian Baggini, founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine and author of many books on philosophy. It will now run 18.00-20.30 with a 20 minute interval.
Angie Hobbs is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Warwick University and created the UK’s first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy in 2009. Her most recent work has been a new translation of and commentary on Plato’s Symposium (for Oxford University Press) and a book on heroism, courage and fame.
Robert Rowland Smith was for seven years a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where his work on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis was described by Jacques Derrida as ‘superbe’. He now advises blue-chip companies and government departments, teaches at London’s School of Life, and writes, among other things, a column on ‘life lessons’ in the Evening Standard and a regular column in the Sunday Times. He contributes to the Philosophy Bites podcast series and speaks regularly on BBC radio. His first book, Breakfast with Socrates has been translated into sixteen languages. The follow-up is Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life’s Milestones. www.robertrowlandsmith.com
Nigel Warburton is a senior lecturer at the Open University and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He is an Honorary Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He can be found blogging, podcasting and twittering via his popular philosophy blog, Virtual Philosopher.
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