LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival: Reflections

Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 1 March 2014  

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LSE’s 6th Literary Festival| will explore the distinctive qualities of both the social sciences’ and literature’s approach to understanding the world around us, and our place within it. This will include reflections on war and peace (and the WW1 centenary), on language, metaphor and knowledge, and on the contemporary world and the new generation.  

Full details, including ticket information online at

www.lse.ac.uk/spaceforthought| 

Understanding the Self

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Friday 28 February, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE 

Mary Midgley|, philosopher and writer. She is the author of Are you an illusion?
Jonathan Rée|, philosopher, writer and historian. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Prospect, The Independent and The Guardian
Raymond Tallis|, writer, philosopher and former physician and scientist. He is the author of Reflections of a Metaphysical Flaneur and Other Essays.

Chair: Danielle Sands|, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, QMUL and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

What is the self? Should we turn to philosophy, psychology or science in order to better understand it? Does the self even exist? In this panel, three thinkers respond to scientific claims that the self is an illusion, exposing the philosophical problems which such claims conceal. Returning us instead to the experience of selfhood, the speakers will discuss alternatives both to reductive scientific accounts and to traditional philosophical concepts of the self.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information

All events in the Literary Festival are free and open to all, but an e-ticket is required. Tickets can be booked via LSE E-Shop| 

For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk| 
 

Understanding the World: Religious and Secular Perspectives

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Saturday 1 March, 11am-12.30pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Arthur Bradley|, Reader in Comparative Literature, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University
Kenan Malik|, writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies, University of Surrey

Chair: Danielle Sands|, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, QMUL and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Sensationalist accounts of the relationship between religion and secularism tend to depict the two as locked in combat, profoundly incompatible in their worldviews. By addressing the concept of ‘Christian Europe’, this discussion will explore the connections between the Christian legacy and the Enlightenment values which underpin secularism. In so doing, it will aim to provide both a more nuanced account of the relationship between religion and secularism, and a clearer sense of how religious and secular approaches inflect our experience and understanding of the world.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information

All events in the Literary Festival are free and open to all, but an e-ticket is required. Tickets can be booked via LSE E-Shop|

For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk|  

 

 

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