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October 28th, 2015

Does Philosophy Have to Be Obscure?

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

October 28th, 2015

Does Philosophy Have to Be Obscure?

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Andrew Benjamin/ Joseph Schear/ Simon Swift

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6.30 – 8.00pm, Wednesday 28 October 2015
Wolfson Theatre

Speakers
Andrew Benjamin, Professor of Philosophy (Kingston University, London)
Joseph Schear, Lecturer in Philosophy (University of Oxford)
Simon Swift, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory (University of Geneva)

Chair
Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Can complex philosophical ideas be expressed in clear, accessible language? Or is philosophy necessarily obscure and impenetrable for most people? Are some branches of philosophical thought more easily translated into everyday language and others inescapably technical? Are the different branches even capable of speaking to each other, let alone to a non-specialist audience? Should philosophers work harder to be lucid, accessible, and to promote wider public understanding? In this panel, three thinkers from across the philosophical spectrum will address these questions.

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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