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

After consulting various people, and taking into account the current state of the coronavirus epidemic, as well as the somewhat 'intimate' nature of the function room at the Rose & Crown, I have decided that the most prudent course of action is to cancel the next meeting scheduled for 17th March. I have also discussed it with Bob Clarke who was due to give us the talk that evening, and he concurs with this decision, and will be happy to give his talk on 'The Two Cultures Debate' at a later date.
Rather than plague you with further monthly emails conveying bad news, I will only contact you again in the event that we able to resume our meetings. As Claudius said in Hamlet "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions". Any thoughts - or relevant quotations - you may have will be very welcome.
In the meantime keep well

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.
John Clarke
01291 680139