Why Philosophy Matters is an ongoing series of free high-profile events (talks, debates, workshops) organised by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing and the Royal institute of Philosophy. The series focuses on why a particular philosopher, school of thought, or area of philosophical study really matters.
Events are all free and open to the public. They take place at Bloomsbury Publishing in London, as well as in collaboration with the New College of Humanities. A spin-off series on Why the Virtues Matter has been running at St Alban's Cathedral Study Centre, and now forms part of the UH Forum for Virtue and Understanding. An event called Why the Soul Matters, took place on 11 May 2019.
Why Philosophy Matters is accompanied by a new series of books published by Bloomsbury. Each book offers an original view about why the topic or philosopher they are discussing matters beyond the remits of purely academic debate. The books collectively showcase different provocative outlooks on where the value of philosophy lies (or doesn't, as the case may be). Interested authors should email Professor Constantine Sandis.
5 June 2018
1 May 2017
23 November 2016
5 October 2016
Robert C. Roberts
28 June 2016
John Lippitt & Patrick Stokes (in conversation)
Why The Virtues Matter: Grace & Humility
28 May 2016
John Cottingham & Sophie-Grace Chappel
17 April 2016
22 March 2016
17 February 2016
Podcasts of events held at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (2013-2015) may be found on the RIP youtube channel WPM playlist. Recordings of more recent events will soon made available on this page. You can also find out more by following the group on Twitter or Facebook.