Celebrated author to present reasoned outlook at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Feb 11, 2016 10:35 AM |
AC Grayling to discuss the role of rationality and reason in the formation of our views and opinions

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 February 2016

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Celebrated author and philosopher AC Grayling is to discuss the role of rationality and reason in the formation of our views and opinions during a public lecture at the University of Leicester.

Professor Grayling who is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, will present his lecture, The Reasoned Outlook, on 25th February 2016 in Seminar Room 324 of the Ken Edwards Building.

It is organised by the University of Leicester Students’ Union Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society.  Starting at 6pm, tickets are available from http://buytickets.at/universityofleicesteratheisthumanistandsecularsociety/44918

Ryan Smith, president of the Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society said: “We are delighted to welcome a giant of philosophy and humanism. AC Grayling is renowned the world over for his thoughts on the human condition, and his insights are set to create an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion.

“Grayling will discuss the importance of proportioning our beliefs to the evidence available to us. He will explore the nature of proof and how it can be applied to liberate us from beliefs and opinions that cannot withstand scrutiny.

“This talk will challenge the clarity of our thinking, and will show us how we can come to reasoned conclusions, proportioning our thoughts to the evidence at hand.”

Of the talk, Grayling has said: “Bertrand Russell said "It is not what you believe but why you believe it that matters." Evidence and reason provide the right "why" in question: by their means one can prove that gods do not exist.”

Biography of AC Grayling:

Professor AC Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects.

He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the "Thinking Read" column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.

Anthony Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Man Booker Prize judge, in 2010 was a judge of the Art Fund prize, and in 2011 the Wellcome Book Prize. He was the chairman of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

He supports a number of charities including Plan UK, Greenpeace, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture. He is also a sponsor of Rogbonko School in Sierra Leone.

His latest books are "The God Argument" (March 2013), "Friendship" (September 2013) and "The Challenge of Things" (March 2015).

Anthony Grayling's new book, "The Age of Genius" will be published in March 2016.

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LECTURE SUMMARY:

Title: The Reasoned Outlook

Speaker: Professor AC Grayling

Date: 25th February 2016

Time: 18:00 – 19:00

Location: Seminar Room 324, Ken Edwards Building.

Tickets: Open to the public

Lecture is ticketed. Tickets can be purchased here http://buytickets.at/universityofleicesteratheisthumanistandsecularsociety/44918

Contact: Ryan Smith, president of the Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society su-ahs@le.ac.uk

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