Year of the Bus marks World Philosophy Day with a one-off free event
The Philosophy Bus will be stopping at four locations on Thursday 20 November and running the following philosophical enquiries at each stop:
- 10:15 – 11:15 London Transport Museum (Covent Garden) – Environmental Ethics
The environment is forefront in a lot of people’s minds these days. What exactly is nature, what makes something natural or un-natural? How far should we go to protect nature? The enquiry will be joined by Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s Ethical Man;
- 11:45 – 12:45 River Thames (Embankment) – Metaphysics
Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University will lead a discussion on the nature of change and identity. Given that the water constantly flows, is the Thames the same river it was a week ago? Can you step into the same river twice? Can you step into the same river once?
- 13:45 – 14:45 Tate Britain – Aesthetics
What is beauty? Is it in our mind, or in the object itself? Many people think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the same people will argue about what they think is beautiful, others should think is beautiful;
- 15:15 – 16:00 Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park – Philosophy’s Two Great Questions
Philosopher A.C. Grayling will be giving a talk and taking a Q&A session.
UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day is a celebration of philosophy, and of its importance in education. Every World Philosophy Day the Philosophy Foundation brings philosophy to a wider audience and involves young people from their schools giving them a new experience of philosophy, and broadening their horizons.
At each location the upper deck will be allotted for discussions between young people, aged between seven and twelve, whilst the lower decks will be for everyone else. Peter Worley will be running sessions for young children on the top deck and the bottom deck sessions will be run by a Philosophy Foundation Specialist philosophy teacher, or by a special guest. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk