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 February 19th 7.30 pm at The Rose & Crown
Topic: "Confucianism: a timeless philosophy of universal harmony, or a narrow justification for authoritarian politics"
Speaker: John Clarke

For two thousand years Confucianism was the official philosophy of China, vilified after the overthrow of the imperial dynasty in 1911 and during the Maoist Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, revived in China in recent years, and admired by current Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The talk will outline Confucian philosophy and examine its impact past and present. John has lectured on and written several books about Eastern philosophical traditions and their relationship with Western thought.


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