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 16th April, 7.30pm
Topic: Shakespeare the Philosopher
Speaker: Steve Eddy
Shakespeare was of course a dramatic and poetic genius, but he was also a thinker. His works suggest that he read Aristotle, Plato and Montaigne, among other philosophers. He was never didactic, but his plays explore such themes as:
· epistemology – what can we know, and how do we know it?
· individual identity – who, or what, are we?
· teleology – does life have any purpose?
· time and fate – are events predestined?
· ontology – can something come from nothing?
This talk will look at these themes in a number of plays, including Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear and The Tempest. No previous knowledge assumed!
Steve Eddy is an author of school English textbooks and literary study guides, especially on Shakespeare, and a book on mythology. He has also taught English and Philosophy at Monmouth School.

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