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

Tuesday 15th October 7.30 pm at The Rose & Crown

Topic: The Politics of Wellbeing and Conflicting Political Values
Speaker: Dr Steve Smith

Steve argues that when focusing on well-being enhancement across a population as a legitimate social value and policy goal, a three-pronged conflict occurs concerning the promotion of the value of fairness. That is, between (1) those policies which promote the maximisation of well-being for the population overall, broadly reflecting utilitarian fairness; (2) those policies which promote more well-being for certain disadvantaged groups when compared with more advantaged groups, broadly reflecting egailitarian fairness; and (3) those policies which promote the prioritisation of increased well-being for disadvantaged groups but without comparing this increased level with more advantaged groups, broadly reflecting prioritarian fairness.

Steve is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of South Wales. His main research interests are in the philosophy of disability, theories of social justice and equality, the philosophy of well-being, and more broadly in how abstract philosophical principles can be applied to public policy and practice.

Bryan Magee, the British philosopher known for his popular TV programmes on philosophy, died on 26 July aged 89. His programmes in the1970s and 80s included the Men of Ideas series with interviews with leading contemporary thinkers such as AJ Ayer, Isaiah Berlin, Iris Murdoch and Noam Chomsky. He wrote a book on Arthur Schopenhauer but was not a great fan of analytical philosophy. He was for ten years an MP for Labour and the SDP.

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.
John Clarke
01291 680139