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 21st May, 7.30pm
Topic: Epicurus
Speaker: Dr Ken Binmore

Epicurus was a Greek philosopher who taught in Athens long before the time of Christ. His ideas were the default philosophical position in the ancient world for several hundred years after his death. Epicurus himself was an ancient folk hero. But his ascetic philosophy was cynically misrepresented by the early Christian church as what we nowadays still call 'epicureanism'. His many books were systematically destroyed and little now survives. How come he was so shabbily treated? What was his real philosophy? Is it possible that it can bring the same comfort to us as it brought to those who idolised Epicurus in ancient times?
Ken Binmore is a mathematician turned economist and philosopher. He has held professorial chairs at LSE, the University of Michigan, and University College London. A range of applied work includes the design of major telecom auctions in many countries across the world, and he was described by Newsweek as the “ruthless, poker-playing economist who destroyed the telecom industry”. He has contributed to game theory, experimental economics, evolutionary biology and moral philosophy. He currently works in decision theory. His books include Natural Justice, Does Game Theory Work? A Very Short Introduction to Game Theory, and Rational Decisions. He is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the Universities of Bristol and Warwick, and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at LSE.

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