Thinking on Sunday: Free Will and Moral Responsibility
The talk from Robert Lockie will address some classic issues in the determinism/free-will/moral responsibility debates. It concerns the relationship between free will, determinism-indeterminism and moral responsibility. We will ask whether moral responsibility is compatible with any position on determinism/indeterminism – whether moral responsibility is even possible.
Japanese pianist Hiro Takenouchi will be joined by members of Sinfonia Cymru, an innovative chamber orchestra from Wales made up of professionals in the early stages of their careers, in an evening of piano sextets by Sterndale Bennett and Mendelssohn. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.
Thinking on Sunday: Contractualism, Liberalism and Utilitarianism
Sam Fremantle's talk on "Contractualism, Liberalism and Utilitarianism" will be about how John Rawls, in A Theory of Justice, set out to provide a more robust foundation for liberal rights than that provided by the utilitarian liberalism of John Stuart Mill.
Come and join Sunday Assembly for an incredible talk by Amy Oulton., about her life as a disabled person today, including her travels round the world in a wheelchair. Plus there's power ballads to sing along to and a vat of tea and coffee for after.
The 8th The Story conference, full of creative, diverse, inspirational speakers, including Jarvis Cocker. "At Storythings, we really like people who cross between different formats and styles of telling stories, and as such we’re *huge* fans of Jarvis Cocker" say the organisers.
London’s Agitators and Protesters for Equality: 1880s-1980s
This course from Rebel Footprints author David Rosenberg will tell the stories of Londoners involved in the many struggles for equality, from female Bryant & May match-makers to the protests against apartheid outside South Africa House.
At Mencap's free Planning For The Future seminars, they'll explain all you need to know about this subject: why it’s so crucial and how we can help you take the right steps. Their approach is jargon-free, simple, good advice – which can be hard to find.
What is the lasting legacy of the Balfour Declaration in the Middle East?
With political tensions in the Middle East at an all time high, the two state solution offered by the international community looks as far away as ever. Join our distinguished panellists in exploring the imprint left by the Balfour Declaration and the direction needed to achieve peace.
In order to love another, we know we have to love ourselves first, but what does self-love actually look like and are we practising it, or are we secretly neglecting or mistreating ourselves? Katherine Baldwin explores such matters at this self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine.
Multiple award-winning ensemble Piatti Quartet will be joined by British vocalist Aidan Smith in a programme featuring a new commission by Richard Reason, and string quartets by Bridge and Debussy. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.
A series of drop-in workshops led by Sean Bruno and Luke Dixon, exploring ways of creation for writers, actors, directors, live artists, dancers, choreographers, photographers, singers and anyone with an unrealised creative urge. Each week a different exercise will help the creative juices flow.
How your mind can heal your body – with Jo Marchant
Join us for an exciting evening with award-winning science journalist Jo Marchant as she explores the amazing links between our minds and bodies - and shares how we can use this new knowledge to improve our health and enhance our lives.
Positive Psychology and Life Coaching: their potential relationship to the Adlerian Model?
Viv Louizous and John Graves will consider some of the perceived similarities and differences between the two practices and possible ways of integrating them. They will examine the foundation of life coaching in Positive Psychology and its relationship to the Adlerian model.
Francis Young examines the phenomenon of magic as a form of treason in England and Scotland between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the ways in which belief in the political power of magic echoes down to the present day.
Stuart Hall Foundation invites you to the First Stuart Hall Public Conversation, an afternoon of stimulating talks, readings and performances focusing on the profound political and economic changes taking place in different parts of the globe and the forms of popular resistance to those changes.
Photography: Process, Theory & Practice Group – #6 Collaboration
Join Grace Gelder for an afternoon of photography-based presentation, discussion and experimentation. This month the
theme is "Collaboration". All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary, all you need is something to take pictures with.
Take part in a six-week project, with Adam Ramejkis (University of the Arts London), critically exploring the power of language and the art of persuasive communication. In these sessions you will be adopting a think-share-explore approach as you discuss your ideas and research findings.
Over the past 30 years the Rendlesham Forest incident has become one of the top ten UFO cases in the world, as voted by UFO believers, and is now often described as the “British Roswell”. Skeptical investigator Ian Ridpath looks at the main points of the case.
Ten years on: The aftermath of the global financial crisis
Join Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott for a discussion of the aftermath of the financial crisis and the age of austerity. Panellists include economist Ann Pettifor, with more speakers to be announced.
Internationally renowned Minguet Quartet return to Conway Hall for the first time since 2013, performing German Romantic works by Mendelssohn and Schumann alongside music by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The quartet also mark 30 years since they were founded. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.
This talk from Bill Turner will explain in an easy to understand way "The Simulation Argument' by Nick Bostrom (Oxford University) which is an argument to say that we are probably living in a computer simulation.
A monthly book club, open to all, where each time we discuss a title from our resident publishers, Istros Books and Peter Owen. This month: The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth by Dana Todorovic. Mixing philosophy with first-class story-telling, Todorović charmingly coaxes us towards an unexpected conclusion.
how to: The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions.
In this talk Johann Hari, whose TED talk on addiction – and the animation based on it – has been viewed over 20 million times online, will present a radical reappraisal of depression arguing that depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains but by crucial changes in the way we are living.
At the Fear Hack we approach fear differently. We look at the things that make us anxious from a different direction and at the end of the session we run an exercise where we make our fear our friend so that we can learn from it.
This is a place where we all get to turn fear into excitement.
Fear Hack is a 3 hour workshop (arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start), full of interactive sessions in which you can play with different approaches to build your "re-framing fear" toolkit.
Join us for the first in a new series of vibrant meetings at Conway Hall where we look at the gross inadequacies of our democratic system and consider possible alternatives to create a better democracy for us all.
A ten week programme of dance workshops and performances open to all. Conway Collective, in collaboration with Turning Worlds Dance, is launching a new Open Dance project and is seeking participants of all ages to work together in Phase Transition.
As part of their short tour to the UK, the Czech piano quartet present a exuberant programme including music from their homeland including Karel Janovicky’s 2015 work, which he will introduce at the evening’s pre-concert talk. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.
Thinking on Sunday: Is Physicalism the correct world view?
Ian Buxton and Raymond Tallis debate Physicalism: the thesis that nothing other than physical laws are needed to account for everything in the universe and that all physical laws can be discovered by scientific means.
The Philosophy Now Festival is a family friendly day of thought-provoking talks, debates, and phil-osophical games. There are even philosophy workshops for children and teenagers. The Festival includes contributions from more than a dozen London-based philosophy clubs and organisations.
We host talks, concerts, exhibitions, courses, performances, community and social events. However, we are an independent charity and receive no funding from the government. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity and the generosity of supporters like you.