26th May 2014: “Is Science Possible Without God?”


Are the claims of religion true? Is religious belief rational? The so-called ‘New Atheists’ like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens would answer ‘No’; but this assumes there is a ‘neutral ground’ from which such claims can be objectively assessed. Some Christian apologetics argue that there is no such neutral ground and that notions such as ‘truth’ and ‘evidence’, and even reason itself, are Christian concepts. As such, there is no opposition between religion and science, because science is dependent on religion. But, we might want to ask, is this claim itself true?

The speaker for the May meeting of HERHG is Dr Steve Burwood. Steve’s research interests are primarily in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of human embodiment, though he has also written in the fields of environmental philosophy and the philosophy of education. Stephen is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, the Society for Applied Philosophy and the Humanist Philosophers Group. His other interests include the later Wittgenstein, especially On Certainty. Recent publications include An Introduction to Metaphilosophy (with Søren Overgaard and Paul Gilbert) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Venue: Back room of  The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG.


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