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Conference 2019

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.”

Conference 2020

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 2020

with the Scots Makar Jackie Kay, MBE CBE FRSE and the acclaimed popular philosopher Julian Baggini at Duns Castle

This year's dinner follows the conference but changes venue to Duns Castle as part of its 700th anniversary celebrations.  Jackie Kay, Scotland’s multi-award winning Makar and Julian Baggini, the acclaimed popular philosopher will speak informally in an 'in conversation' session on questions of personal identity and Jackie will read some of her poems. Diners will also be treated to an introduction to the castle by its owner, Alexander Hay. 

Cost: £35

For more information and booking contact secretary@thinkingwithoutborders.org.uk 

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