Tintern Philosophy Circle

Monthly meetings, open to all, on a variety of philosophical issues. Anything goes.

The Tintern Philosophy Circle meets in the Rose & Crown Pub, situated at the centre of Tintern on the A466 main road, at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, except August.


Next meeting
There will be no meeting in either July or August. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th September at the Rose & Crown on the subject of Descartes' philosophy. More details nearer the time. Meanwhile a couple of member announcements:

Music achievements by Circle Member
Two free concerts of music by Fiona Frank, performed by the Trio Arcadia di Roma who are coming to the UK specially for the occasion:
Saturday 27th July at 1pm at St Paul's Church, Clifton, Bristol
Tuesday 30th July at St Mary's Church, Monmouth (part of the Monmouth Festival)

Fiona, a long-time member of the Tintern Philosophy Circle, has received international acclaim for her music compositions. Her 'Autumn Suite' was chosen after an international call for works to mark 'International Women's Day', and it was performed by I Solisti Veneti under the baton of Claudio Scimone at the Pollini Auditorium in Padua. Her music has also been performed in Luxembourg, Brussells, Cyprus and many times in Northern Italy by various chamber groups, and after winning various international competitions her work has been made part of the repertoire of the Trio Arcadia di Roma.

We now have the chance to hear Fiona's works performed by the Trio who are coming to the UK with a 'concerto monographico' of her compositions, works which will appeal to all kinds of music lovers, classical or otherwise. Her influences are wide, including jazz, classical, world, and folk idioms. At these concerts the Trio will perfom her two Piano Trios, 'Reflections on Motherhood' and 'One Voice : One Family', as well as works for violin and piano, and 'cello and piano.

'In Memoriam', a piece for oboe quartet (which was given its world premiere at the Teatro Linco, Cagliari, on the International Day marking the Elimination of Violence against Women), will be part of a programme being toured around Wales by the Woolos Ensemble in three successive concerts starting with Saturday 6th July in St Woolos Cathedral Newport, and on Saturday 25th August at the Ebenezer Chapel, Newport, Pembrokeshire. The programme will also include a selection from Bach's Goldberg Variations transcribed for string trio, Mozart's Oboe Quartet K370, and his Piano Quartet No1, K478.

More info on: http://www.fiona-frank.com/pages/PianoTrio.html and

Critical/historical study of the Bible Jim Cross and John Dearnley have drawn attention to a series of eight monthly discussion meetings in Monmouth based on the widely admired book of Prof. John Barton: A History of the Bible: the Book and its Faiths. For further information please contact John on jandmdearnley@btinternet.com, or Jim on tjcross1@btinternet.com

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 with Vanessa Dodd, Maria Taylor and Steve Eddy. Monthly events are introduced by members of the circle, or by a guest speaker.

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.

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except August), starting at 7.30, at the Rose & Crown, Tintern, NP16 6SE, Tel: 01291 689254. Evening meals are served here.
John Clarke
01291 680139