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Why Philosophy Matters

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.

Past Events


Why Journalism Matters

5 June 2018

Panel Debate

Why Forgiveness Matters

1 May 2017

Panel Debate

Why Desire Matters

23 November 2016

Patricia MacCormack

Why Humility Matters

5 October 2016

Robert C. Roberts

Why Kierkegaard Matters

28 June 2016

John Lippitt & Patrick Stokes (in conversation)

Why The Virtues Matter: Grace & Humility

28 May 2016

John Cottingham & Sophie-Grace Chappel

Why Chance Matters

17 April 2016

Mauricio Suárez

Why Collingwood Matters

22 March 2016

Giuseppina D’Oro

Why Europe Matters

17 February 2016

Simon Glendinning

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.