Hilary Lawson/ Steven Rose/ Barry Smith/ Lisa Appignanesi

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Wednesday 1 May 2013, 6.30-8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Hilary Lawson, Director of the Institute of Art and Ideas, non-realist philosopher and author of Closure

Steven Rose, Neurobiologist, Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Research Group, The Open University

Barry Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Chair: Lisa Appignanesi, writer, novelist and cultural commentator. She is Visiting Professor in English and the Medical Humanities at King’s College London

Since Plato the greatest intellectual adventure has often been thought to be the pursuit of truth. Might there be alternative intellectual adventures? And if so, in what would they consist? Would they be a dangerous threat to hard won insights and the very purpose of thought? This third and final event in the series explored whether the purpose of science, philosophy and indeed life is to uncover the truth, or whether adventures might provide an alternative.