Philosphy and Environment Lectures, Free Admission, UEA 7pm Lecture Theatre 2

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PHILOSOPHY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Public Lecture Series 2010 Environmental concerns are at the centre of current attention. The Autumn 2010 series of Public Lectures will engage with fascinating questions that these concerns raise from a philosophical perspective. What is our own place as human beings in nature? What do we even mean when speaking about the natural environment? What is the relationship between environmental science and philosophy? Are there any links between the beauty of nature and its moral value? This year’s speakers are philosophers, environmentalists and environmentally engaged journalists. Mary Midgley, renowned moral philosopher, known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights will launch the series. Steven Poole, author and writer on environmental issues for The Guardian, will investigate how talk of such things as ‘natural resources’, ‘the environment’ and ‘climate change’ systematically obscures the real nature of nature. Kate Rawles, who teaches in the School of Outdoor Studies at Cumbria University, will tell us about her understanding of ‘outdoor philosophy’. Two debates complete the series: UEA philosophers Angela Breitenbach and Tom Greaves will discuss whether the experience of natural beauty can inform our moral concern for the environment, while Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change (UEA), will engage with UEA philosopher Rupert Read in a debate about the relationship between philosophy and environmental science. All are welcome, philosophers and non-philosophers alike, to these topical and exciting events.

25 November 2010 MIKE HULME & RUPERT READ, 7pm, Environmental Science vs. Philosophy?:A Debate


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