Suppose after Brexit the UK then broke up. Suppose Ireland, North and South, separately or together, were members of the EU. Suppose Scotland and Wales joined the EU as separate nations. There would then be no longer a United Kingdom, – no longer even a Great Britain, – for England to be part of. England would be no longer even an Island Nation, since it would have two land-borders with the EU. If there were no longer a UK, then there would be no longer a seat for it on the Security Council of the United Nations and England would find itself relegated from the premier league of world powers while, perhaps, India and the EU were promoted in its place. If the English are attached to an idea of their “greatness”, how will they feel about this kind of outcome?
“So what’s it all about then?”
Many would say that the subject of ‘the Meaning of Life’ is the biggest philosophical question that can be asked, but it’s one that has been largely neglected by contemporary philosophers.
In this talk, previous Philosophical Society Chairman Gerry Merrison will ask (and attempt to address) the biggest questions of all:
- What do we mean when we talk about ‘The Meaning of Life’?
- Is there even such a thing?
- What do the world’s great thinkers, past and present, have to say on the matter?
- What conclusions can we draw?
Come along on Friday 20th October at 7.40, find out more, and make your contribution to the discussion.
How do you feel about Stonehenge? Are the people who built it your ancestors, passing down traditions of warm beer and quality beards, or just a bunch of hairy tribal weirdos from a long time ago? How do you feel about your mother country? What about immigration? Do you even feel you have a right to an opinion on this if your parents don’t even come from these isles, or Europe for that matter?
The last three years have seen a revolution in genetic analysis of ancient DNA that has made some of the questions above seem a lot more complex and interesting (well, to me anyway). We’re learning surprising things about Europe’s turbulent distant past. More is undoubtedly to come. History will probably need rewriting again.
But this will not just affect Europe. The Middle East, Africa and America are starting to be subjected to the same analytical gaze and India and China will no doubt follow. I’m not sure that we’re all prepared for the histories that it will provide.