Below is just an outline of 2017 Conference – we are still compiling and finalising details

Friday 2nd June

16.00: Conference registration (Main Lounge – coffee/tea)

17.30: Dinner in Crosby Room.

19.00: Welcome and opening: in Sefton Room.

Panel Debate:  Politics of Community Philosophy?   Featuring…………. Rob Lewis (PIP’s Founder) Arthur Adlen (PIP’s Secretary) Jan Huyton (South Wales) Irene Leonard(Facilitator) Ted Parry (Aberystwyth)

 Can philosophy be a dynamic for change/activism regarding how we think and what we can do socially and politically? Can community philosophy influence society – should it? Or does it serve only as a quiet guide to everyday individual life?

(Round table discussions to follow)

20.30: Stand up philosophy in Crosby Room bar. 5 minutes each!

Stand Up Philosophers:

Your name will go here, let me know – email:

Saturday 3rd June

09.15: Assemble in Sefton Room

09.30: Panel debate: What is Morality?   Featuring …………..

(Followed by table discussions)

11.00: Tea & Coffee

12.45: Lunch in The Crosby Room

14.00: Guest speaker: Chris Bateman 

Displaying $45 haircut.cropped.jpgAward-winning game designer and acclaimed philosopher Dr Chris Bateman was the first person in the world to attain a doctorate in the aesthetics of play and games, and has worked on nearly fifty published games. His ‘imaginative investigations’ trilogy won praise from Mary Midgley, Kendall Walton, Allen Wood, Joanna Zylinska, and Michael Moorcock. The first book, Imaginary Games (2011) examines imagination in games and art, asking if games can be art or whether all art is a kind of game. The second, The Mythology of Evolution (2012), explores the role of imagination in the sciences, asking if it possible to present the story of life without distorting it. The final book, Chaos Ethics (2014), considers the role of imagination in morality, and defends a concept of moral chaos. His latest book is the brief enquiry Wikipedia Knows Nothing(available as a free PDF via, which claims that knowledge is best understood as a practice.

Chris’ presentation is entitled: How to Be a Traveller in an Ethical Multiverse – which will take the audience on a journey through time, space, and the parallel phenomenological worlds we all live in. It will be followed by a spirited Q&A, table discussions, and most likely wild disagreements and fervent arguments.

16.00: 1) Group organisers national gathering: Annual report, area/group reports, sharing experiences, discussion (All welcome) or 2) a relaxed guided city stroll – or, of course, 3) free time to do as you wish. 

18.00: Dinner in Crosby Room.

19.30:  Panel debate:  Animal RightsFeaturing 

(Followed by table discussions)

21.30: Relax with music, conversation and song in Crosby Room bar. All contributions welcome: poetry, songs, stories, etc.

Sunday 4th June

09.15: Assemble in Sefton Room

09.30: Panel debate: Ideology versus Philosophy Featuring……..

(followed by table discussions and comments from tables)

11am: Coffee

12.45: Lunch

2pm: Conference Review

3pm: Close

Thanks to Raymond Williams Foundation’s for help with our National Conference –