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 21st January, 7.30pm
Topic: 'Beyond Nature? Philosophy in the Anthropocene'
Speaker: Herbert Girardet

This term 'anthropocene' is now widely used to describe our current epoch when human action has taken on geological dimensions, anthropos being the ancient Greek term for humans. How do we need to conduct ourselves given the unprecedented powers we have over nature?

In his talk Herbie will draw on many years of work in this field as an author, international environment consultant, and documentary filmmaker. He is a member of the Club of Rome (an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity), and a recipient of a UN Global 500 awards for outstanding environmental achievements.

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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