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Does Philosophy Have to Be Obscure? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

28 October 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Forum for European Philosophy public discussion

Can complex philosophical ideas be expressed in clear, accessible language? Or is philosophy necessarily obscure and impenetrable for most people? Are some branches of philosophical thought more easily translated into everyday language and others inescapably technical? Are the different branches even capable of speaking to each other, let alone to a non-specialist audience? Should philosophers work harder to be lucid and accessible and to promote wider public understanding? In this panel, three thinkers from across the philosophical spectrum will address these questions.

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Philosophy, Kingston University, London.

Joseph Schear is Fellow of Christ Church and Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Oxford.

Simon Swift is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory, University of Leeds.

Chair: Danielle Sands is a Forum for European Philosophy Fellow.

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28 October 2015
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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