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Join us for a weekend of free day time talks as part of the Oxford Think Festival.

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Saturday 9th - Thursday 21st November

Oxford University Press is delighted to once again partner with Blackwell’s Oxford to host a weekend of talks and discussions and present the Oxford Think Festival.

Celebrating the quest for knowledge and seeking to stimulate discussion of some of the big issues and ideas of our time, the festival brings together some of our most inspiring and exciting minds. Join us for a full weekend of debates and discussion, a preview event with Jon Davis & John Rentoul on the legacy of the Blair government, and a special World Philosophy Day event with Richard Swinburne.

All events are free to attend, but registration is strongly recommended.

Saturday, 16th November, 1pm - Quassim Cassam in conversation with Grant Bartley on 'Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political'

What are 'vices of the mind'? Why are they important? Quassim Cassam introduces the idea of epistemic vices, character traits that get in the way of knowledge, such as closed-mindedness, intellectual arrogance, wishful thinking, and prejudice. Using examples from politics to illustrate the vices at work, he considers whether we are responsible for such failings, and what we can do about them. Key events such as the 2003 Iraq War and the 2016 Brexit vote, and notable figures including Donald Trump are analysed in detail to illustrate what epistemic vice looks like in the modern world.

Quassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He was previously Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, and has also taught at Oxford and UCL. He is the author of Self and World (OUP 1997), The Possibility of Knowledge (OUP 2007), Berkeley's Puzzle: What Does Experience Teach Us? with John Campbell (OUP 2014), Self-Knowledge for Humans (OUP 2014), and Conspiracy Theories (Polity Press 2019).

Grant Bartley is a Philosophy Now Editor. He has degrees in philosophy from King’s College London and the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Saturday, 16th November, 3pm - 'Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain' with Andrew Hindmoor

This is the story of modern Britain, focusing on twelve formative days in the history of the United Kingdom over the last five decades. By describing what happened on those days and the subsequent consequences, Andrew Hindmoor paints a suggestive –and to some perhaps provocative – portrait of what we have become and how we got here.

Andrew Hindmoor is professor and Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of several books, including What's Left Now? (OUP 2018).

All talks will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room, please note, this area is only accessibly via stairs. Limited seating is allocated on a first come first seated basis, we recommend to arrive early to ensure a seat. For all enquiries email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

For more information about the other events feature in the festival please click on the links below:

Saturday 9th November, 1pm - OUP Oxford Think Festival - 'Heroes or Villains?' Jon Davis & John Rentoul

OUP Oxford Think Festival Sunday 17th November

Thursday 21st November at 1pm - World Philosophy Day Event : Are We Bodies or Souls? with Richard Swinburne

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