Future Meetings

Critical Rationalism: The Humanism of Karl Popper


Date:       Monday 21st November 2016, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Sir Karl Popper (1902-1994) was arguably the greatest British Humanist of the twentieth century whose influential books include “The Open Society and Its Enemies” and “The Logic of Scientific Discovery”. He was a member of the British Humanist Association and received the Humanist Laureate Award from the International Academy of Humanism. Group secretary Tim Stephenson will be talking about Popper’s “Critical Rationalism” for our November meeting.

Our Christmas Meal will be at 7.30pm on Monday 19th December at the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG


Please contact group secretary Tim Stephenson if you are interested in attending: tim.stephenson@herhg.org.uk

Deliberation, Democracy and Experts 

Dr Connelly

Date:       Monday 16th January 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our speaker for our January meeting is Professor James Connelly from the School of Law and Politics at the University of Hull. This talk will consider the issue, in a representative democracy, of the relationship between deliberation, experts and expertise. It will discuss the role of experts and the nature of political judgement. It will also inquire into claims to expertise in a world where information is easy to obtain, and the appearance of knowledge is easy to maintain, but where it is increasingly difficult to persuade the public that experts and politicians might have knowledge and judgement that they do not possess. This will be related to the nature of political responsibility and its requirement for accurate and coherent knowledge as opposed to the relative freedom of citizens without official responsibility who do not need to cultivate such knowledge.

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