Philosophy Public Lecture Series 2018
  • Thomas Paine Study Centre,
    UEA,
    Norwich Research Park,
    Norwich
    NR4 7TJ
  • Tuesday 16th January, 6:15pm - Until Tuesday 13th March, 7:45pm
Apocalypses Now? This year's public lectures are given by philosophers who share a sense of the need for a profound ethical and practical transformation of our civilisation. The lectures contemplate too what will occur if such a desirable transformation does not occur, and what we should do to prepare for that possibility. In the view of many of us, our civilisation WILL be transformed. Either profoundly for the better; or by making way for something completely different, through a process of some kind of collapse. If philosophers aren't willing to contemplate that stark choice, who will be? So thinking about the future begins here.

The 2018 philosophy public lectures at UEA are about the possible apocalypses facing our world. The five lectures explore the following themes:

  • Can we still find human hope, in the face of a climate crisis that we seem unwilling to solve, and the deteriorating future that therefore threatens? 
  • Does Artificial Intelligence [AI] threaten humanity itself, or are there philosophical reasons for believing that AI is an over-hyped threat? A panel debate!
  • Are our non-human kin already enduring apocalypse, and if so what can be done about it? With new UEA Professor and the world's leading animal-rights lawyer Gary Francione.
  • Is industrial-growth civilisation doomed? What can replace it?  
  • Is catastrophe still to come for humanity? Or is it in fact already here, only we privileged few haven't noticed yet? With Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges.

 

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