Please find details below about a free lecture taking place in London on 20th April 2013
The Philosophical Society of England
'Why we need philosophical sceptics'
a lecture and discussion led by
George Macdonald-Ross (University of Leeds)
2.30 p.m. Saturday April 20th 2013
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1
(nearest tube: Holborn)http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/
For most of the history of philosophy, the more extravagant claims to philosophical
knowledge have been counter-balanced by the doubts of philosophical sceptics. Since the late twentieth century, scepticism has gone out of fashion, and George MacDonald Ross considers why this might have happened. One reason is that it is often considered wrong to question the authority of experts on important issues of public policy, and we constantly need to be reminded of the extent of uncertainty in many scientific judgments, even where there is an apparent consensus among experts. Scepticism is far from being an obscure sect of interest only to professional philosophers.
Free and Open to All
A meeting of the Society’s Council takes place before the talk at 1.30 pm. All members of the Society are welcome to attend this as well as the lecture, which is open to everyone