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Past events

2011: Philosophy Festival celebrating the 300th anniversary of the  birth of David Hume. (Organised by the David Hume Group, Chirnside)

2016 John Duns Festival celebrating 750 years since his birth, held in Duns. Events in September, October and November 2016. (Organised by the John Duns Scotus Group, Duns) Press report

2016 John Duns Scotus Study Day Programe

Thereafter the David Hume Group and the John Duns Scotus Group amalgamated under the new organisational title of Thinking Without Borders, inspired by David Hume and John Duns Scotus with yearly events to alternate between Chirnside and Duns.

2017 Enlightenment Conference, held in Chirnside. Programme

2018 Food for Thought, held in Duns 

2018 Remembrance held in Duns

2019 David Hume Dinner held in Chirnside which featured a mesmerising address by Professor Barry Smith on all aspects of taste and the links between the taste and smell of food and drink.

2019 Thinking About Love held in Chirnside

Our conference on the theme of Love, was 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.”

2020: Covid pandemic prevented any events until the autumn of 2021

2021: Talks, Thoughts and Conversations (via Zoom)

  • Thurs Oct 7th: Who do we think we are and why? Julian Baggini
  • Thurs Nov 4th: Thinking the Borderlands with Romantic Literature David Stewart
  • Thurs Dec 2nd  Reinterpreting the Declaration of Arbroath: Scotus, freedom and questions for today's world. Philip Tonner and Andrew Redmond Barr


  • Thurs. March 3rd. The Great Re-Think: A 21st Century Renaissance?  Colin Tudge, leading light in new rural thinking, speaks with Denise Walton of Peelham Farm Berwickshire. 


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