Concert:  at St Michael’s Church, Tintern on Friday 12th May 2023 at 7.30. Music by award-winning Philosophy Circle member Fiona Frank, performed by the St Woolos Sinfonia, resident at St Woolos Cathedral in Newport, and with photographic exhibition by Gemma Kate Wood, also a Circle member. Tickets £10 at door or from Abbey Stores.

Towards a New Enlightenment: Conversations with Herbert Girardet

As we approach the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021, Steve England, a regular at the Philosophy group who works for The Art of Sustainability has recorded a series of conversations at the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden with Herbert Girardet, member of the Club of Rome, which is concerned with the survival of the planet. They take place at the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden, and focus on the 2018 Club of Rome report entitled Come On! Capitalism: Short Termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet.

The first two conversations entitled The Shadow of the Enlightenment, are 

concerned with the need for a New Enlightenment which is a key theme of the report. They explore the changes needed for this, while acknowledging its shadow side and focusing on technology.

First conversation: What Differentiates the New Enlightenment from the Past 

Second conversation: Technological Fix or Holistic Rethink?


Third conversation: Who Controls the Development of Technology?

Fourth conversation:  The wellbeing of future generations


Steve England is also running a workshop as part of September's Monmouthshire Climate Festival.

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