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Andrew Copson: 'Secularism'

Andrew Copson: 'Secularism'

At 8-30pm on 1st March in the Coffee Shop, 6.2 Yannis Gidopoulos introduced the hugely talented Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, Andrew Copson. Although Mr Copson is a secularist, he wanted to pose the contested ideas of secularism to the Philosophy Society. He made it clear that these were not his opinions, but spoke of the importance of considering both sides of the argument. To begin with he presented the four cases in favour of secularism; which he was clearly very passionate about. He talked about autonomy, fairness, modernity and the pragmatic argument for secularism. He explained each point well, making it comprehensive to everyone, even the amateur philosophers in the audience.

However, he was not here to tell us one side of the argument: he allowed us to form our own opinions as he informed us of both sides to the argument, acquainting us with the Marxist and Theocratic approaches to secularism. Other arguments against secularism consisted of the “moral vacuum” argument, the communitarian and the libertarian arguments.

Towards the end of the evening, Mr Copson encouraged the audience to engage in a thought-provoking discussion. This rounded off a very intellectually challenging talk which re-assessed some of the most deeply-rooted aspects of our society.

Report by Tom Whitbread and Alexander Dernie, A Social 6.1s

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