Student led Philosophy Festival

On 13 September, we had the pleasure of listening to a range of speakers on the philosophy of…an array of interesting topics and issues. Student Oscar Braun-White (6.2) organised the ‘Philosophy Of…’ day where he gathered a line-up of fascinating professionals who spoke to us of their opinions and experiences. These included Professor Anthony Price on the problems of utilitarianism, Dr David Read and Dr Kamyar Afarinkia on ‘Science in the 21st Century: Saviour of Civilisation or Destroyer of Worlds?’, and John Caird on his work with theatre. We had a stimulating debate on feminism from Jeremy Paxman and Laura Bates, exploring the issue of women being targeted and suffering sexual harassment. As a philosopher and teacher, Dr Gopal Krishnamurthy talked of the ‘philosophy of education as a disruptive and ethical activity’. As a poet and psychoanalyst, Dr Valerie Sinason gave a very touching and eye opening account on the way handicapped people are viewed and treated in society. We hope to see more of these fantastic events in the future!

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By Sofia Palm (6.2)

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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