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Philosophy Public Lecture Series

The details for the Spring 2019 Philosophy Public Lecture Series are now available

Lectures and Q&A run from 18.15 to 20.00 (doors open at 18.00), Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

All events are free and open to all.

Being Governed


What does it mean to be governed? We usually associate being governed with politics. In modern democracies, we are supposedly self-governing. But what does it mean to govern ourselves? And do we, really? Or perhaps we should associate being governed with the laws of nature; then being governed comes as necessity. The 2019 Public Philosophy Lecture Series will explore ways in which our lives are being governed that fall in the space between the voluntarism of politics and the necessity of laws of nature, including by way of ‘economics’, ‘rules’, ‘nature’, ‘social science’ and ‘populism’.


Tuesday 22 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Economics” Dr Alex Douglas (St. Andrews)

Discussant: Prof. Robert Sugden (UEA)

This event is followed by a drinks reception that is free and open to all



Tuesday 5 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Rules for Belief” Dr James Andow (UEA)

Discussant: Ian Hare (UEA)



Tuesday 19 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Nature” Dr Rupert Read (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Janosch Prinz (UEA) and Dr Sophie Scott-Brown (UEA)



Tuesday 5 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Social Science” Dr Michael Frazer (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Zeynep Pamuk (Oxford) 



Tuesday 19 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Populist Logic” Dr Marina Prentoulis (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Emmy Eklundh (KCL)

This event is followed by a drinks reception that is free and open to all





Lectures and Q&A run from 18.15 to 20.00 (doors open at 18.00), Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

For more information, please contact:

philosophyevents@uea.ac.uk | 01603 593412

https://www.uea.ac.uk/philosophy/news-and-events/public-lecture-series-2019