25th Oct - 7.00 – 8.30pm | Life and Death – discussion.
Blackwell's Bookshop, 50 Broad Street, OX1 3BQ | Map No 7
Three thinkers and writers discussing the question, 'What is a good life and how should we live it?' and how does the knowledge of mortality affect the answers to this question? Nigel Warburton,philosopher and podcaster ( joined the Open University in 1994 and is best known for his introductory philosophy books - www.nigelwarburton.typepad.com), Roman Krznaric, a cultural thinker and founding member of The School of Life - www.romankrzaric.com, and Neel Burton, a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, wine-lover, and perpetual student -follow him on twitter and facebook. An evening of thoughtful conversation to challenge and engage us all.
always remember the debates between Profs Mackay and Flew on philosophy at Keel University.
They were a class act, their cuts and thrusts honed from years of practice and a genuine wish to educate rather than bore the student audience.
You could not hope for that from a scratch event. But the standard I have had set is high and this did not come near a good level of debate.
However, Roman Krznaric is a real discovery. He is carrying on and may be improving on what we were attempting at the Oxford Centre for Human Relations twenty years ago. I warmly recommend you to explore his website's connection with Zeldin's Oxford Muse http://www.oxfordmuse.com/?q=what-is-the-muse
I am intrigued by his idea that newspapers should have a death style section to go with their Lifestyle section.
I also like his idea that we should study the late medieval period and the early renaissance period to learn how to live creatively with death. I told him I would explore that with poetry at the Ashmolean.
But Roman has already come up with the idea of a completely different kind of museum, a museum of empathy