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Friday 10 February – “Philosophers and the Philosophical Life”

Time: 12.30-6pm
Location: Lecture Room 3, the Gateway Building, University of St Andrews
Tickets: Free and open to the public. Please e-mail [email protected] to reserve a place.

Drs Tom Jones and James Harris will be running a workshop on the philosophical life, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The final workshop of the series will consider whether, and how, professional philosophers think that being a philosopher makes a difference to their everyday lives. Has philosophy turned itself into a profession like any other, with little or no bearing on one’s family life, one’s friendships, one’s social and political allegiances, and so on? Or is there still some truth to the ancient idea that philosophy is a way of living that manifests itself in every significant choice that one makes? Is there a middle-way between these extremes? Professional philosophers working in Scotland, England and France discuss the relationship between philosophy and life.

Thomas Stern (UCL) 1.30-2.00

Beth Lord (Aberdeen) 2.00-2.30

Ben Colburn (Glasgow) 2.30-3.00

BREAK 3.00-3.20

Sarah Broadie (St Andrews) 3.20-3.40

Dory Scaltsas (Edinburgh) 3.40-4.00

Patrick Greenough (St Andrews) 4.00-4.20

Theron Pummer (St Andrews) 4.20-4.40

BREAK 4.40-5.00

Justin Smith (Paris 7) 5.00-5.30

Concluding discussion 5.30-6.00