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Updated 10 April 2019

Tintern Philosophy Circle ~ Philosophy for All

Meetings in 2019










21 January

John Clarke on Why does the universe go through all the bother of existing?" (Stephen Hawking)


How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? What is the nature of reality? Where does all this come from? Did the universe need a creator?" As a tribute to his achievements as a human being and a scientist, these and related questions raised by Stephen Hawking in his book The Grand Design will be the starting point of our discussion this month



19 February

John Clarke on Confucianism: a timeless philosophy of universal harmony, or a narrow justification for authoritarian politics"

For two thousand years Confucianism was the official philosophy of China, vilified after the overthrow of the imperial dynasty in 1911 and during the Maoist Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, revived in China in recent years, and admired by current Chinese leader Xi Jinping.  The talk will outline Confucian philosophy and examine its impact past and present. John has lectured on and written several books about Eastern philosophical traditions and their relationship with Western thought.


19 March

Bob Clarke Core Imagination

An examination of the proposition, formulated by Immanuel Kant and others, that our imagination is central to our very way of being in the world. How does this proposition fare when seen from the perspectives of contemporary neurological and cognitive sciences? It may be that the 'creative imagination', which is so important for the arts and sciences, arises from an 'overflowing' of our Core Imagination, which is essential for us to be able to make any sense of the world at all!



16 April




21 May




18 June




16 July




17 September




15 October




19 November



17 December 2019