Hilary Lawson is Vice Chair of the Forum, as well as a philosopher and broadcaster. After graduating from Balliol College Oxford with a 1st in PPE he began a DPhil on problems of self-reference. His subsequent philosophical career has been driven by attempts to overcome the crisis in meaning that self-reference can be seen to engender.
His books include Closure, an attempt to offer a ‘post-modern metaphysics’; Reflexivity: The Post-Modern Predicament; and Dismantling Truth: Reality in the Post Modern World.
As a documentary filmmaker, and broadcaster, Hilary has been responsible for a number of award-winning programmes, and is the founder of TVF a leading independent production company.
Hilary is the founder of the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing the cultural landscape through the pursuit and promotion of big ideas, boundary pushing thinkers and challenging debates. The IAI’s annual philosophy festival, HowTheLightGetsIn has been heralded as bringing the UK “back to big thinking” in a Guardian editorial and its sister channel IAI TV brings together philosophers, scientists, politicians and artists in cutting-edge debates free to watch and share online.