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New Meetup: October's Topic: Philosophy's role within politics w/ Harry Hoare

From: Filip M.
Sent on: Monday, October 4, 2010 4:54 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for the london philosophy club!

What: October's Topic: Philosophy's role within politics w/ Harry Hoare

When: Wednesday, October 20,[masked]:00 PM

Where: ICA
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
[masked] Box Office

Is philosophy dead? It seems a good time to assess the relevance of philosophy after Stephen Hawking pronounced the subject dead. It's certainly true that many people are engaged in doing philosophy in several academic departments across the world but has what they're doing lost touch with the problems we actually face in the real world?

One way in which philosophy might still play a prominent role in life is through politics. Philosophy is not dead because it plays an important part in politics.

Our speaker Harry Hoare's argument will be backed up by a series of expert interviews he conducted with politically influential people who studied philosophy at university. Philosophy is invaluable training to anyone who wants to be a political leader - the current cabinet contains no less than six Oxford PPEists [see:] but is it the conclusions one reaches in philosophy or the skills it equips one with that are important?

Harry argues that, at the very least, the skills philosophy teaches you are useful. This is a point he shall show, rather than tell, by analysing the question 'Is philosophy dead?'

Breakout question:
A recent generous donation has afforded Oxford the opportunity to set up a new school of government with the express aim of training the leaders of tomorrow. Plato's education for his guardians contained a lot of maths, geometry and some physical exercise. What subjects, and in what cobination, do you think should be taught to those who want to be tomorrow's leaders?

About our speaker:

Harry read PPE as an undergraduate at Oriel College Oxford specialising in political philosophy, ethics and classical philosophy. His undergraduate thesis asked 'What is the nature of charity in the just society?' Harry went on to gain an M.Phil in Political Theory from Oxford where he researched the use of intuitions in analytical political philosophy. Last year Harry taught the PPE Finals paper in the History of Political Thought and he worked as an intern on the popular philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites. He was a founding member of Oriel College's political theory reading group and he taught philosophy to summer school students this summer. Harry now works for Demos, a politics think-tank based in London.

Most likely we will be in the reading room of the ICA this time, across from where we usually meet but will finalize location in the next week or so and announce if there are any changes.

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