Tintern Philosophy Circle

Meetings are currently being held via Zoom


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th november at 7.30pm
Topic: "The skull grins in at the banquet"
Speaker: Mark Kirwin

Mark Kirwin writes: Death, the perennial cure for all diseases, has long been a subject of deep fascination for many of us. We’re in good company as it’s probably the root of all philosophy. Our relationship with death, how we reflect or refuse to reflect upon it, seems key to understanding many puzzles about our species.

In some ways the under-sense, the sense of an underworld, has been a lifelong obsession for me. As a child the realisation that people die, and also that they could be ‘mad’, struck me as revelatory, mysterious and horrific, as in all likelihood it is for all of us. Unsatisfying answers to Sunday school questions about the nature of the soul confirmed and sealed my fate. These discomforting facts of life opened up a scent trail of questions regarding the nature of being, society and ultimate meaning which I’ve been following with my intuitive

Mark trained in Psychosynthesis, was later fascinated by Archetypal psychology, and has been a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice for 32 years. He is a long-time member of the Philosophy Circle, and is well known for his thoughtful contributions to our meetings.

To join this Zoom meeting please click on the link below, or copy and send from your browser, a few minutes prior to 7.30. Invitation to join the meeting will follow. Click on 'Open' and on 'Join with video' - the latter will open up your own image and those of other participants. The meeting will end at about 9.00.


John Clarke will give the talk on the 15th of December on the philosophy of Karl Popper, one of the most distinguished and original philosophers in the 20th century .

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.


Philosophy Circle meetings are open to anyone interested in philosophy, and no prior knowledge of the subject 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.