This coming September Bedales’ ‘Philosophy of…’ Festival will enter its third year. This is a series of short lectures on subjects ranging from ‘the philosophy of making a better baby’ to ‘free speech and the right to be offensive’. The event will end with a talk from James Harding: Head of News at the BBC. All are welcome - please register using the button below for your free place.

Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Ema Sullivan-Bissett is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. She previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a project on the Epistemic Innocence of Imperfect Cognitions, and project PERFECT (Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts). Her main research area is delusional belief, and she will be giving a talk entitled ‘Why do Some People Believe Such Strange Things?'

Emma Craigie

Emma Craigie is an author and teacher. Her books include: Chocolate Cake with Hitler, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011, and the Author’s Club First Novel Award, Hitler’s Last Day: Minute by Minute and, What Was Never Said, which looked at the issue of girls in England facing Female Genital Mutilation, and was also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Emma will be talking about taboos and the practices of other cultures, and what we should do when they seem immoral to us.

Armand Leroi

Armand Leroi is a professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London. He has written several books, including Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body for which he was awarded the Guardian First Book Award in 2004. Today he will discuss the science of neo-eugenics and the philosophy of making a better baby.

Claire Fox

Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze and convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival, which will next take place at the Barbican in London 22-23 October 2016. She is author of I find that offensive (Biteback 2016).  She will be talking on free speech, the right to be offensive and why young people are so thin-skinned.

James Harding

James Harding is one of Britain’s leading journalists, he is currently the head of BBC news. He began his career writing for the Financial Times; he worked as the Washington Bureau Chief and media editor, among other things, opening their first Shanghai Bureau. In 2007, Harding became the youngest ever editor of the Times, and in 2012 he moved to the BBC.







Ema Sullivan-Bissett: Why to people believe such strange things?

Emma Craigie: Other cultures’ values and what to do if you don’t approve


Armand Leroi: Can Science understand art?

Claire Fox: Free speech and the right to offend


James Harding: The rules of the news