Friday, 15 May 2009

How The Light Gets In: A Philosophy Festival at Hay, 22-31 May

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The Guardian Hay Festival kicks off on Thursday (in so far as a literary festival in a pretty market town can ever really "kick off"), and those of you heading to the Welsh border may be interested to learn that at the same time the town will play host to How The Light Gets In – a philosophy festival independent of the literary festival.

The full programme is on the festival's website but, to point out some New Humanist contributors among the packed line up, you can see AC Grayling and Kenan Malik on Saturday 30 May discussing "Dreams of Utopia" with Ruth Levitas, Alex Prichard and Susan Neiman, while on a lighter note you can catch Robin Ince and Philip Jeays (whose song "Death Bed" was featured in our Advent podcasts from last year) providing some music and comedy later that evening.

Interestingly sociologist Steve Fuller appears earlier in the week to discuss "The Life and Death of the Enlightenment", although unfortunately not in conversation with Grayling, which is a shame as, in light of their debate over Intelligent Design in New Humanist last year, we suspect they would have had a few disagreements on the Enlightenment.

Other names appearing at How The Light Gets In include Simon Blackburn, Will Hutton, Michael Nyman and Julian Baggini. It runs from 22-31 May.


Anonymous said...

That Grayling and I are on separate days is much less interesting than it sounds. We disagree less over our beliefs in the Enlightenment than over how to review a book properly. After all, the man who skewered my 'Dissent over Descent' is also the same man who praised my 'Kuhn vs. Popper' -- and I didn't undergo some kind of 'conversion' in the interval...

See you at Hay!

Steve Fuller

George said...

I've just got to say that I like Steve Fuller. I've encountered him in a number of arena on the web and at public debates, and whilst I tend to disagree with just about everything he says, unlike many public intellectuals he can usually be counted upon to engage with his audience directly as evinced above and recently in these pages.

At a recent Battle of Ideas in London he was by far the most forthcoming, enthusiastic and entertaining speaker.

I wish I could make it to Hay - sounds like good line-up for an interesting event. Probably all the more so thanks to Steve.

Invictus_88 said...

I go to university in Wales and could easily have got down there for this even, in all likelihood with a cohort of co-philosophy undergraduates.

A great great shame that we'd not found out about it in time to attend!

Catch you all next May? Events later this year, perhaps?