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.

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Next meeting

Tuesday 17th December, 7.30 at the Rose & Crown, Tintern
Topic: Silent night: whatever happened to the holy, not to mention the sacred and the spiritual?
Speaker: Prof. John Clarke


Do we need a spiritual dimension in our world-view, or should we just let it go the way of Xmas? The talk will help the discussion along by drawing on the views of some philosophers on the role of the spiritual in our increasingly secular and materialist world.

The session will end at 9.00 pm with complimentary mulled wine and Sally's famous mince pies,

John and Vanessa wish you a happy Christmas, or Xmas, or Yuletide, or Winterval - whatever is your taste in world-views.


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.
Contact
John Clarke
01291 680139
email
jjclar7@aol.com
website
http://www.tintern-philosophy.org