This is a short shout-out to event organizers and others in Australia. I am coming in August to speak at the Bendigo Writers Festival. The exact details are still being sorted out, but I am very much looking forward to it. I am happy to speak at other events or venues, too. So, if you are interested in organising an event or talk, do get in touch.
Not quite a world tour, I know (I can fantasise can’t I?), but this is probably the closest I will ever get to one. Over the next few months I am giving talks in places as distant as Ann Arbor and Lahore, Sweden and South Africa. Here’s a round up of my talks; do come along if you are able. . 7 August 2015 The state of free expression after Charlie Hebdo Wilderness Festival Cornbury Park Oxfordshire, UK 17.00 A […]
I was a guest last week on Neil Denny’s Little Atoms show on Resonance FM, talking about the history of morality. Also on the show was Rebecca Goldstein, author of the wonderful Plato at the Googleplex, discussing Plato and his relevance. Unfortunately the two interviews were recorded separately, so we were not able to discuss issues on air. Nevertheless it was an honour to find myself on the same show. I have also uploaded here videos of a couple of […]
This is a transcript of my introductory comments to a discussion about moralism at the recent Battle of Ideas conference. The other discussants were Hannah Dawson and Alister McGrath. Every year I give a lecture to a group of theology students – would-be Anglican priests, in fact – on why I am an atheist. Part of the talk is about values. And every year I get the same objection: that without God, I can simply pick and choose which values […]
I am giving a number of talks over the next month, from Wigtown to Brussels, on issues from moralism to populism, from atheism to multiculturalism. Do come along if you are able. . 5 October Wigtown ‘The Quest for a Moral Compass’ Wigtown Book Festival ScottishPower Foundation Marquee Wigtown Square 13.30 Details and tickets from the Wigtown Book Festival. . 11 October London ‘Multi-faithism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship’ Secular 2014 Conference Tower Hotel St Katharine’s Way London E1W 1LD 16.20 This […]
The US and Canadian edition of The Quest for a Moral Compass will be published next week by Melville House. I am coming to New York and Toronto to promote it, mainly doing media interviews, but giving a few talks too: Friday, 12 September ‘The Quest for a Moral Compass’ Paduano Seminar New York University Stern School of Business Ethics Kauffman Management Centre 44 West Fourth Street 15.00 Details from the NYU Stern School. . Monday, 15 September ‘What does […]
This is a (slightly edited) video of a talk I gave last month at London’s RSA entitled ‘Where do values come from?’. It explores some of the themes in my book The Quest for a Moral Compass. .
News on talks that are coming up, possibly coming up and moving. . London My London Philosophy Club talk next week has been moved back from Thursday 19th (when England are playing Uruguay in the World Cup) to Tuesday 17th. I would have sacrificed football for philosophy but the organisers decided that it was not worth risking an empty room. However exciting it might be to listen to me talk of Confucius or Kant or Original Sin, it might be a […]
I am giving a number of talks over the next couple of months, both about my new book The Quest for a Moral Compass and on other issues from freedom of expression to the Enlightenment. Do come along if you are able. . 3 May Belfast Free as a Bird? Belfast Exposed The Exchange Place 23 Donegall Street Belfast BT1 2FF 15.30-17.00 A discussion about artistic freedom of expression with Johnanna Schwartz, John Johnson, Sinead O’Donnell and myself. There will also […]
. This is a video of a conversation I had with the sociologist and broadcaster Laurie Taylor on ‘Why I am an atheist’. It was one in a ‘daisy chain’ of discussions on belief organized by 5×15 at the Wellcome Collection in London in December. The daisy chain featured, as well as Laurie Taylor and myself, Laurie’s son Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA (and a fellow-panelist of mine on The Moral Maze), Nick Spencer, director of research at the religious think tank Theos, and Linda Woodhead, Professor of […]
I recently gave an interview for the Open University course on ‘Why is religion controversial?’. The interview is actually not about religion but about multiculturalism. It is somewhat oddly edited in places (a number of times, for instance, part of the answer to one question interpolated into the answer to another in a way that seems confusing), but still, I hope, it makes sense. Here anyway is the interview. Check out also my Milton K Wong lecture that I gave in Vancouver last […]
I took part yesterday in a fascinating debate about evil at the Battle of Ideas with Mark Vernon (who has blogged about it), David Jones and Simon Baron Cohen. Here (slightly expanded) are my introductory comments to the debate. The historian Steven Shapin famously began his study of the Scientific Revolution with the sentence: ‘There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution and this is a book about it.’ I sometimes think that discussions of evil are infused with the […]