Tintern Philosophy Circle

Meetings programme to resume via Zoom

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Next meeting Tuesday 16th June, Zoom


John Clarke writes: It looks as if we will not be returning to the Rose & Crown in the near future, so I thought we should in the meantime make use of the excellent facility of zooming. After all, did not Descartes say 'Cogito ergo zoom'? We will ergo resume our normal meeting date of the third Tuesday of the month and meet online at 7.30 on 16th June. The meeting will last one-and-a-half hours, divided as usual between introductory talk and discussion, with a few of minutes interval to top up your glasses etc. You will of course need a desk-top or lap-top computer or a hand-held device. I will circulate the instructions you need to join on the day of the meeting.
My talk is called Locked down with Sartre : Philosophical reflections on the virus. This will be an opportunity to discuss some aspects of existentialist thought and writing, and at the same time to relate these to contemporary global events.

At the zoom meeting on Tuesday 21 July, Tim Cross will give a talk on early Greek philosophy, postponed from February. More details later.

I think you will be interested in Herbie Garardet's A Manifesto for the Coronacene in which he argues that following the end of the coronavirus we should not merely pick up the pieces and carry on as normal but we need to be bold and to subject the whole of our way of life and worldview to fundamental re-examination. He writes:
"It is clear that that we need new priorities. Restoring the Earth’s living, organic economy should be at the heart of any recovery;  economics predicated on mass production and disposal should be replaced by circular, regenerative economies; local economies should be strengthened and made more resilient; concern for the wellbeing of impacted communities and of future generations should take joint centre stage."
We are hoping that Herbie will speak on this to a meeting of the Circle later in the year. In the meantime you can access the manifesto on the Ecologist magazine website by clicking here.


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.

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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.