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The 42: mind, body and soul

21 Jan 2015

The ’42’ is very popular lunchtime lecture series where visiting speakers visit the School to talk on a wide range of fascinating subjects. This week’s meeting of the ’42’ Society hosted Richard Swinburne from Oxford University, who gave a talk entitled: ‘Humans consist of two parts: body and soul’. One of our Upper Sixth students who attended the lecture, Tim, wrote a short account of his fascinating talk.

“On Monday, the 42 was delighted to host Richard Swinburne, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University, to introduce his thesis that ‘the human person is of two parts: body and soul’.

During the lunch-time talk, given to a packed lecture theatre, Professor Swinburne utilised both contemporary and hypothetical brain experiments to illustrate his argument, before accepting questions from the floor. After this rigorous introduction to the complex argument, the 6th Form R.S. and Philosophy sets were privileged to have a seminar with the prolific Professor to discuss some of his many other works, including discussion of the existence of God, as well continued analysis of his earlier talk.”

We are very much looking forward to welcoming a wide range of speakers this term, including vulcanologist Dr Mel Rogers, Richard Barker from the Said Business School, Oxford University and Dr David Halpern from the government’s Behavioural Insights Team.

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