Gloucestershire Philosophical Society Programme. Autumn Term

Wednesday October 12th2016

Dr Paul Shaw (University of Gloucestershire) will talk on the topic of ‘Good news is subversive: how a fresh look at the way journalists ‘tell stories’ could reshape our view of the world’.

This paper will argue that certain forms of ‘good news’ are, potentially, far more than mere superficiality and trivia but a different way of representing ‘what happened’.  It will attempt to show how positivity as a news selection criterion acquires greater levels of complexity when it is seen as more than just the opposite of negativity; when it is seen in terms of journalists making different decisions throughout the ongoing process of ‘noticing’ occurrences, events and issues in the real world, then in choosing what to select and emphasise during news story construction

Wednesday October 26th 2016

Prof Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University) will talk on ‘intellectual vices’.

In this talk she offers an account of some intellectual vices: arrogance, haughtiness, servility, timidity and vanity. I offer some hypotheses about their psychological underpinnings and discuss some of their effects on rational debate.

Prof Tanesini did her undergraduate work at Bologna University (Italy) and gained her PhD on Quine at the University of Hull (UK). In the meantime, she studied and taught for a couple of years at Syracuse University (US) before coming to Cardiff in 1992. In 1996, she was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in School of Philosophy (General Philosophy) at the University of Sydney, and in 1997 she was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University (US).

Wednesday November 9th 2016

Alex Chalk MP (MP for Cheltenham) will talk on ‘Representative or delegate: what relevance does the 18th century philosophy of Edmund Burke have to the role of a modern MP?’

Alex has been the Conservative Party MP for Cheltenham since the 2015 election. He lives in Charlton Park with his wife and two children. He is 39 years old and has fourteen years’ experience as a barrister specialising in counter-terrorism, homicide and serious fraud cases. Whilst building his legal career in London, he was twice elected as a councillor in Hammersmith & Fulham, where he chaired the Planning Committee for four years, during which time he helped adjudicate on multi-billion-pound planning applications. ‘This was an invaluable training. But that apprenticeship is now over. I have come back home, and I want to put my experience to use to help make Cheltenham the greatest town in Britain.’

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Dr Michael Burns (University of the West of England) will talk on ‘The philosophical relevance of humanism’

Michael’s main areas of interest are political philosophy, German idealism, and contemporary French Philosophy. In 2015 he published Kierkegaard and the Matter of Philosophy: A Fractured Dialectic.

Michael is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of West of England, Bristol.

All sessions will be held at the Francis Close Campus of the University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, at 7.15.p.m in room TC002a

The daytime seminars, known as ‘Piggies’, organised by Neil Richards, will be held at the new venue, The Brown Jug, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Wednesdays, will now be held every week. All welcome