Ethics Beyond Belief
Tuesday, January 26 2016 at 7:30PM
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66 Regent Street
Dr David Webster
What's the talk about?
David Webster says: "I keep buying books. Books about belief, God, atheism and ethics. But they just waste my time. They're full of fine-grained detail, but you can discern the author's position by the end of a page. They're going to massage evidence to fit their tedious thesis. I opened a range of these books today, lurking in a damp Gloucester with a few hours to kill. They made me feel like a loser. An idiot by association. To be affiliated with the world of contemporary, popular, writing about religion or atheism seems to be implicated in a circus of screeching stupidity."
In this talk, David will ask us to leave The Circle of Stupid, ask ourselves what might actually matter and how we might go about working out real questions about ethics without recourse to metaphysical squabbling.
Dr Webster teaches Religion, Philosophy & Ethics at the University of Gloucestershire, has worked for various Universities, and has studied Philosophy, Hinduism and Buddhist thought at Sunderland Polytechnic (and later when it was a University) and at Newcastle University. In addition to scholarly works on Buddhism and desire, the nature of belief, and other topics in Buddhist studies and the Philosophy of Religion, David has also written about the blues, and death in religions.
He also blogs at www.philosvids.wordpress.com and at dispirited.org
(Note: we'll be in the back bar in the Copa this month and not upstairs in the function room)