Month: November 2012

Roy Jackson on Classical Theism

What is classical theism? Interview with Dr Roy Jackson at the University of Gloucestershire..

Students speak about Peter Singer (The Examined Life..) A group of our new first-year students were asked to give a presentation on one philosopher talking in the film The Examined Life. This group chose Peter Singer, and produced a film of their own!

Diwali Field Trip..

On tuesday, RPE (and a few others) went to the Leicester Diwali 2012 celebrations… More details can be seen at but the best account is probably that offered by staff and students over on our course Facebook group at

Dawkins, Tinker and fundamentalist atheism

Another submitted question: Do you find Dawkins argument less convincing than Tinker and other contemporary philosophers because he is essentially a fundamentalist atheist? (The Edexcel textbook references this article: How could one criticise Tinker’s critique of Dawkins?…

Aquinas, Change and Perfection

A teacher wrote: “We were discussing the classical idea of God as immutable and impassible – one of my students asked how Aquinas squared these attributes with scriptural testimony to His being moved to pity (by Hannah’s request for a…

Podcast on Rudolf Otto

Click below : A podcast from The Religious Studies Project where they interview Robert Orsi about Otto.. RSP37-Orsi.mp3 Rudolf Otto was a highly influential figure in the history of Religious Studies, but whether that influence was for good or not…

Plato’s Forms? What is this theory and why study it?

Dr William Large answers a (stupid) question from me: Why bother studying Plato’s Forms?

Appearance, Reality and Plato’s Cave

Dr William Large on the ideas of appearance and reality in Plato. He discusses the metaphor of the cave in Plato, and what it means…

Tri-Partite Soul and State in Plato

Dr William Large on the tri-partite person, and the equivalent in the State – as in Plato’s Republic

Knowledge and Virtue in Plato

Dr William Large on the connection between virtue and knowledge in Plato