Tintern Philosophy Circle

Meetings are currently being held via Zoom

The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st September at 7.30 online.
Speaker: John Clark
Topic: Democracy: where it came from and where it is going to

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The talk will briefly chart the evolution of democracy and the institutions necessary for it to function. It will explore how these foundations have been shaken in recent times by the growing complexity of political discourse, the swing to fervent nationalism and the emerging dominance of social media. And it will discuss the relevance of civil society in redefining democracy for the times we live in and for shoring up these foundations. It will present a personal take on these issues from someone whose career has focused on the roles of civil society in development, governance and holding the powerful to account.

John Clark: (not to be confused with John Clarke!) has had a career in international development, particularly with the World Bank - where he headed its work on civil society – and Oxfam where he led its campaigning, policy and advocacy programmes. He had a one-year assignment in Kofi Annan’s office, advising on UN relations with civil society and was Visiting Fellow on Global Civil Society at the London School of Economics. He is the author of a number of books including Democratising Development: The Role of Voluntary Organisations and is still active in a number of NGOs.

Towards a New Enlightenment: Conversations with Herbert Girardet
The third of the four conversations between Steve England and Herbert Girardet, recorded in the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden, will be on 'Who Controls the Development of Technology?' , in anticipation of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021 .
Click on the link: https://youtu.be/qfs8jbvBjwY

Steve England is also running a workshop as part of September's Monmouthshire Climate Festival. For information click on https://www.acemonmouth.org/event/the-wellness-of-being/
About the Tintern Philosophy Circle

Tintern Philosophy Circle meets (in normal times) in the Rose & Crown Pub, situated at the centre of Tintern on the main road, at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, except August when we hold a garden party with talks on a special theme.

Events are open to anyone interested in philosophy, and no prior knowledge of philosophy is needed. We hold to no creed other than belief in the value of tolerant, friendly discussion about things that matter.

The Circle is run by Professor John Clarke and Vanessa Dodd. Monthly events are introduced by members of the circle, or by a guest speaker.

Past topics have included: philosophy of art and music, justice and human rights, existentialism and freedom, philosophy and religion, Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, postmodern philosophy, the nature of mind, eco-philosophy, science and truth.

Our patron is Bertrand Russell (permission pending) who was born a couple of miles from Tintern, and who concluded his famous book The Problems of Philosophy, first published a hundred years ago, with the following words:

"Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination, and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because. through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good."
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John Clarke
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