Matthew Kieran/ Kathleen Soriano/ Alexander Massouras/ Vid Simoniti

Listen to the podcast

6.30 – 8.00pm, Wednesday  11 November 2015
Wolfson Theatre

Matthew Kieran, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts (University of Leeds)
Kathleen Soriano, Ex-director of exhibitions (Royal Academy), Independent curator and broadcaster
Alexander Massouras, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford)

Vid Simoniti, Jeffrey Rubinoff Fellow (University of Cambridge)

Plato and Hegel thought of art as inferior to philosophy; philosophers like Aristotle, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche held the arts in high regard. Today, do we think art can address the big questions in life? Do artistic uses of imagination and emotion play a role in acquiring knowledge? And if art leads to knowledge, what is its relationship to science and philosophy?

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