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Professor Simon Blackburn

Professor Simon Blackburn

Professor Simon Blackburn talks to the Philosophy Society on ‘Hume’

On Tuesday evening, April 19th, the Philosophy Society hosted a talk on the Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher David Hume, by internationally acclaimed academic and writer Simon Blackburn (pictured), formerly Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge and visiting Professor at the New College of the Humanities.

We welcomed visitors from Headington School, St Helen's and St Katharine's, Cherwell and Magdalen College School: all of whom enjoyed a lecture on Hume's economy of argument in addressing questions of God and morality. We learnt amongst other things why Hume viewed himself as an 'Infidel' rather than an atheist, and were treated to a lecture of real clarity, as well as urbane humour, a quality Professor Blackburn praised in Hume's own writing. It was an inspiring occasion.

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