Tintern Philosophy Circle

Meetings are currently being held via Zoom


The next Zoom meeting will be on Tuesday 15 September at 7.30pm

Topic: ‘A Manifesto for the Coronacene’
Speaker: Herbert Girardet

The talk is based on two articles that Herbie published on the Ecologist website recently: https://theecologist.org/2020/apr/15/nature-taking-revenge ,‘Is Nature Taking Revenge?', and https://theecologist.org/2020/may/21/manifesto-coronacene , ‘Manifesto for the Coronacene’. The pandemic facing us is closely linked to the prevailing ‘planetary emergency’, impacting people, both present and future. Two urgent responses are needed:
  • recognition that we may have reached the limits to our reckless conquest of nature
  • a philosophy that outlines steps towards a regenerative culture and economy.
Can the current pandemic become a ‘portal’ for a meaningful transition?

Herbie is an author, international environment consultant, and documentary filmmaker. He is a member of the Club of Rome, and a recipient of a UN Global 500 awards for outstanding environmental achievements. He and his wife Barbara are active members of the local community in Tintern.

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. Thanks to John Clark for his help with this.

Meeting on 20th October: John Clark will speak on 'The Philosophy of Risk'. He will look at how people view and balance risks and factor this into their lives and strategies - and also what philosophers/thinkers have had to say on the subject over the ages. It is a topical topic in the age of COVID: in USA the deaths from COVID-19 so far is 59 times deaths from terrorism this century, including “9/11” (that in UK is 293 times). More details later.

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.