Tintern Philosophy Circle

Meetings are currently being held via Zoom
The next meeting is on Tuesday 18th January at 7.30 online.

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Speaker: Dr Vanessa Dodd
Topic: What's in a Story? A Philosophical Investigation

Stories are so commonplace that most people never give them a moment's thought, or dismiss them as mere entertainment. Yet stories and story-telling are fundamental in all cultures and play a role in all aspects of life. In this talk Vanessa will explore the ways in which stories have blossomed into a variety of forms and media, especially in our postmodern age when stories and narratives have become central to philosophical and social concerns. She will even attempt to deconstruct one or two.

Following a career in the theatre, Vanessa was appointed Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Creative Writing and Applied Drama at the University of South Wales where she was awarded a PhD for her thesis on The Theatre of the Mind.

Meeting on 18th January: John Clive, who is an artist, will talk on
THIS TALK IS UNTITLED: an artist’s perspective on paradox. More details later.

John Clarke and Vanessa Dodd
About the Tintern Philosophy Circle

Tintern Philosophy Circle meets (in normal times) in the Rose & Crown Pub, situated at the centre of Tintern on the main road, at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, except August when we hold a garden party with talks on a special theme.

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 and Vanessa Dodd. Monthly events are introduced by members of the circle, or by a guest speaker.

Past topics have included: philosophy of art and music, justice and human rights, existentialism and freedom, philosophy and religion, Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, postmodern philosophy, the nature of mind, eco-philosophy, science and truth.

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."
Contact name
John Clarke
01291 689636