3rd February - Understanding Wagner's Ring

4.30pm  Understanding Wagner's Ring – The Composer as Philosopher. School of Music, University of Cardiff, Wales, UK.

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11th Feb - Structuring settlements: The Poundbury experiment

Poundbury Series 2009. Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, UK. Enquiries:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

23rd Feb- Faithless Culture and Cultureless Faith

Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow, Centre for faith, culture and education.

27th Feb - Any Questions? BBC Radio 4

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the programme from Churchdown School, Winston Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2RB.

Also on the panel were:

TONY HALL: Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House

JOHN HARRIS: Guardian journalist and broadcaster

GILLIAN TETT: Assistant Editor at the Financial Times

16th March - 3pm Faculty Seminar at the Institute of Philosophy, Leuven

17th March - 6pm at Lessius College, Antwerp

Louis Meerts chair public lecture on how the transmission of culture can be part of higher education. Venue: Campus Sint-Andries, Sint-Andriesstraat 2, Antwerp.

19th March - Intelligence Squared debate Britain has become indifferent to beauty part of the National Trust 'Quality of Life Debates'

7pm. Chaired by Simon Jenkins and also on the panel were David Starkey, Germaine Greer &  Stephen Bayley. Venue: The Royal Geographic Society, London.

4th Sept - Before Prom 65 – Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester performing Mahler and Strauss - 'The Proms Literary Festival'

5.15pm.

A discussion with A. C. Grayling on  how fin-de-siècle Viennese musicians such as Mahler were influenced by their philosopher contemporaries – and what we today owe to these Viennese thinkers. Susan Hitch hosts.  Edited version broadcast on Radio 3 during the interval.

17th Sept - Paper on 'Piety, Desecration and the Moral Law' for the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion's bi-annual conference

Due to take place 16th – 18th September on the general theme 'God and Morality'. Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. OX2 6QA.

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2017 Events

12 Jan - Buckingham Philosophy Group

10 Feb - North Cotswold Hunt Dinner

20 Feb - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

27 Feb- Hoover Institute Dinner

28 Feb - The Second Annual Russell Kirk Lecture at Villanova University

6 March - The Ring, Talk at The Travellers Club

9 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Ray Tallis

13 March - British Academy Talk

20 March - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

21 March - 'Faith and Reason' Christ Church, Oxford

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Institute and University of Pennsylvania

6 April - 'Virtue & The Arts- The Wheatley Institute, Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

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