Misunderstanding and Meaning
Often defined in understanding’s shadow, misunderstanding has taken centre stage in the public discourse of this country over the last ten years. In this talk, Andrew Hines (SOAS) discusses misunderstanding and meaning in a way which shines a light on contemporary problems.
Many philosophers are calling for the “re-engineering” of certain concepts, arguing that they currently don't serve political and ethical purposes. Louise Antony explores why conceptual engineering is impossible, undesirable and unnecessary.
Annual City Lectures
Our annual lectures, which are open to the public free of charge, attract some of the world’s leading philosophers to share their thoughts on a topic of their choice. The lectures are held once a year in Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London. Recent lecturers include Heather Widdows, C. Thi Nguyen and Linda Martin Alcoff.
Written over 2000 years ago, Plato’s Symposium – literally, a ‘drinking together’ – is the first example in the Western world of what we would now call a round table discussion. Though we don’t serve drinks, each year we continue that tradition by bringing together four philosophers to discuss a topic of fundamental importance today. Symposia are open to the public free of charge. Find out more and watch discussions from previous years.
Our flagship series of London Lectures deliver accessible evening talks from autumn to spring every year, with a different speaker each week. The 2022-23 series were Words and Worlds: New Directions in the Philosophy of Language and each year the lectures are on a different theme.
Lectures are available on the Royal Institute’s YouTube channel, which attracted over 95,603 in the course of 2022. Papers based on the Lectures are published in annual volumes by Cambridge University Press.
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