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Tim Addey



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Prometheus Trust Conference 2016 - Will, Freewill and Freedo Reply with quote

PROMETHEUS TRUST ELEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

24-26 JUNE 2016

AT PURLEY CHASE CENTRE, MANCETTER, WARWICKSHIRE, UK

Will, freewill and freedom


Fundamental to our understanding of ourselves, and to the direction of our lives, is the question of freewill: what lies in our power, and what are the consequences of exercising that power? And what part does knowledge play in our possible possession of freewill? As our technology gives us a certain power to manipulate our world, are we increasingly empowered to do as we please, but, in reality, able to accomplish nothing that we truly wish to accomplish – the condition of the tyrant, according to Plato in the Gorgias?

These are questions which press upon humankind, both collectively and individually: they are, in the words of Proclus (5th century AD) "things which have been a thousand times investigated, and which in my opinion will never have any rest, because the soul is excited to the discussion of them . . ." Every school of philosophy, religion and psychology must grapple with the issue, and every story-teller weaves and reweaves the threads of fate and freewill as he or she attempts to say something about the human condition. Artist or scientist, thinker or actor – no one works in a vacuum as regards assumptions of freewill: and yet the answers to these questions remain, it seems, always just out of reach. But unless we address these questions, how can we play an intelligent part in the workings of the universe, with all its interactions?

This notice represents a call for papers and presentations on this theme from all those interested in the subject, from whatever background or discipline – academic and non-academic, specialist and non-specialist.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be with us at the latest by Thursday, 31 March 2016. Acceptance of these will be confirmed as quickly as possible.

Papers should be around 2500-3000 words or 20 minutes’ presentation (we usually allow a further 15-20 minutes for a question and answer session after each presentation).
Bookings should be received by us not later than Friday, 8 April 2016.

The Trustees are delighted to announce that the keynote speech will be given by Professor Kevin Corrigan whose address is entitled The Will and Love of the Good: Plotinus on the source of our freedom (Ennead VI, viii) and the Thomas Taylor lecture will be given by Dr Brian Stableford - title: Technology and Liberty in French Utopian Fiction.
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Tim Addey



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Location: Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, UK

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I should have said that full details of the conference are on the Prometheus Trust website - www.prometheustrust.co.uk
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