Philosopher of the Heart book jacket

Ask a Philosopher:

Simone de Beauvoir, David Hume, Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche

Festival of Ideas/
Tue 04 June 2019

Ask a Philosopher:

Simone de Beauvoir, David Hume, Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosopher of the Heart book jacket
Tue 04 June 2019,

What can philosophers tell us about today’s problems? Can their ideas be applied to contemporary issues and help us solve everyday conflicts? In this special extended event, we put some of the theories of history’s greatest thinkers to the test.

Julian Baggini turns to David Hume to question the possibility of belief and knowledge in a sceptical age. Clare Carlisle considers Kierkegaard’s theory that anxiety was the key to understanding human psychology and its connections to spirituality. Sue Prideaux applies Nietzsche’s ‘There are no truths, only perspectives’ to fake news to ask if we can’t know the entirety of the world, can we know the whole truth about anything? And Jonathan Webber discusses Simone de Beauvoir’s theory of how stereotypes can influence the behaviour of the stereotyped and whether this influence can be resisted.

The second part of this event includes your questions and problems that need solving. You can submit these at time of booking via admin@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk, or hand them in at the beginning of the event. From the big news stories of the day to a family disagreement, no problem is too big or too small for our panel.

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