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.


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.

Next meeting Tuesday 16th October 2018, 7.30pm, Rose & Crown
Topic: Biocentrism, Climate Change and the Spatial and Temporal Scope of Ethics
Speaker: Professor Robin Attfield
Robin Attfield, now retired, was Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University from 1991. His work currently focusses on ethics, philosophy of religion and environmental ethics, and his recent publications include a textbook on ethics, Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century, and a contribution to a series on global ethics, The Ethics of the Global Environment. His most recent published book relates environmental ethics to philosophy of religion, and is published as Wonder, Value and God. His latest book, Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, is due to be published by Oxford University Press in December 2018.

Meeting on Tuesday 20th November
Dr Vanessa Dodd will talk on 'The Philosophy of T.S. Eliot, Sceptic and Mystic'

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