On the theme of Love, our conference will be held at Chirnside Community Centre on Saturday 21st September, with Professor Simon May, author of Love, a History, of which the Financial Times wrote “May could just have achieved the seemingly impossible and produced a truly original philosophy of love … May is able to draw out what is true in each age’s perception of love, discard what is misleading, and synthesize the result into the most persuasive account of love’s nature I have ever read.”
Arbroath and After: Personal and collective identity in a changing world takes place on Sunday 26th April at the Volunteer Hall in Duns as a contribution to a series of Scotland-wide events to mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. It will address issues arising from that, namely identity - personal, communal, national and international, the significance of borders and who we may think we are now. Professor Alexander Broadie will deliver the keynote address based on his new paper on John Duns Scotus and the Declaration of Arbroath.
The David Hume Food for Thought Dinner
This year's dinner follows the conference but changes venue to Duns Castle as part of their 700th anniversary celebrations. Jackie Kay, Scotland’s award winning Makar and Julian Baggini, the acclaimed popular philosopher will be in conversation on issues of personal identity.