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Host: FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
Location: OXFORD: Martin School: Seminar Room 34 Broad St Oxford OX1 3BD
Speaker: Roger Scruton, Raymond Tallis
Two of the leading thinkers of our time, friends Professor Roger Scruton and Professor Raymond Tallis, discuss their reflections on life, death, belief and what it means to be a human being. Both Scruton and Tallis have spent a lifetime reflecting on belief, the nature of human consciousness and the soul.
Scruton’s Soul of the World, while not an argument for the existence of God, is a defence against fashionable atheism, in which he argues that our personal relationships, intuitions and aesthetic judgements hint at a transcendental dimension that cannot be understood through science alone. A new collection of his essays, Confessions of a Heretic, (Notting Hill Editions 2016)include reflections on the tension between Christian-inspired enlightenment and Islam and on a solution to the void he sees at the heart of our civilisation. Scruton is a writer and philosopher with a particular speciality in aesthetics.
Tallis’s philosophical works offer an alternative understanding of human consciousness and of what it means to be a human being. In his recent book, The Black Mirror: Looking at Life Through Death, he reflects from an imagined position of death on the fundamental fact of a finite existence. Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic. Until recently he was also professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in health care of the elderly in Salford. Notting Hill Editions will publish a collection of Tallis's essays in 2016.