Upper School Philosophy students were delighted to welcome Professor Angie Hobbs to the first Philosophy Society of the year earlier this week.
Professor Hobbs is the Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and regularly appears on TV and radio discussing moral and political philosophy with a particular focus on the works of Plato and Aristotle.
In her lecture, ‘Democracy, Demagoguery and Plato’, she outlined Plato’s views on democracy and demagoguery and the dangers inherent in both political systems. She drew clear and thought-provoking parallels with contemporary politics, in particular the Brexit referendum and the presidency of Donald Trump, asking students to consider how Plato might have responded to these events.
Students were invited to ask questions after the talk and around 30 minutes was given to serious discussion led by the students themselves.
Around 50 students study Philosophy in the Upper School every year and this is just one of the exciting opportunities they have to meet all together to discuss philosophical ideas and hear from world-renowned speakers, such as Professor Hobbs.