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The Word and the World

The power of words is a wonder, and language perhaps our greatest skill. Yet the gap between the sound of a bell and its description is huge. So what is language? Are the limits of language so profound that the big questions of science and philosophy are beyond us? Or can everything be said if we try hard enough?

Is free will an illusion?

Speakers: George Ellis, Patrick Haggard, Jennifer Hornsby

Explaining the transcendental

Speakers: Eric Clarke, Lydia Goehr, Marc Robinson, Rhian Samuel

Are we more alive when we are alone?

Speakers: Simon Glendinning, Ed Stafford, Kate Williams

Rationality and climate change

Speakers: Polly Higgins, Nigel Lawson, Bjorn Lomborg, Crispin Tickell

A new vision of reality

Speakers: Paul Boghossian, Terry Eagleton, Joanne Harris

Is the divine a fantasy?

Speakers: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Stephen Law, John Milbank