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Biography (the Forum)

14 November 2018, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

When the French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau set out to write his Confessions in 1782, he proposed ‘to set before my fellow-mortals a man in all the truth of nature; this man shall be myself’. Philosophers have long engaged with the confessional form, from Plato and Augustine to Derrida and Cixous. Is biography an inherently philosophical medium? How does life inflect the philosophy of any given thinker? Or should we make a distinction between the facts of a philosopher’s life and their philosophical thought? Join us at the Forum for this discussion of philosophy and the art of biography.


Hannah Dawson, Lecturer in the History of Political Thought, KCL
Rachel Holmes, Author, Eleanor Marx: A Life and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry
Robert Rowland Smith, Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Author, Autobiophilosophy and Driving with Socrates

Shahidha Bari, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy; Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, Queen Mary University of London


All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door


14 November 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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