girl paintingPhilosophy Now Festival
in association with the Conway Hall Ethical Society

The third Philosophy Now Festival will take place all day on 21 November 2015.

As in previous years, the Festival will include talks, debates, workshops, and philosophical games for the whole family. Entrance is free and open to all. There is no need to book for the Festival or for most of the individual events within it. However, you do need to book in order to attend one of the children’s philosophy workshops, as spaces are limited. For details, please see the full programme.

Festival Events

  • Philosophy workshops for children and teenagers, run by the Philosophy Foundation
  • The Great Balloon Debate, including your chance to vote on which historical philosopher should be thrown out of the balloon first!
  • The 5th Annual Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity: award ceremony and lecture. The Award will be presented to Cressida Cowell.
  • The George Ross Memorial Lecture: to be given by Professor David Papineau (King’s College London)

Festival Programme

You can download the complete Festival Programme and a listing of Children's Events.

Philosophy Now Festival 2015 Programme Children's Events at Philosophy Now Festival 2015


Conway HallThe Philosophy Now Festival will be held in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

The nearest tube station is Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines).

The doors will open at 10am.

Round tables, debates and panel discussions

The Ethics of Drones: A Dialogue

(Forum for European Philosophy)

The rights and the wrongs of our flying robot pals.

Susanne Burri
Bryan Roberts

Balloon Debate

(Philosophy For All)

Your chance to vote on which philosopher should be thrown out of the balloon first to stop it crashing. Featuring:

Richard Baron as Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716)
John Holroyd as Peter Singer (1946-)
Marthe Kerkwijk as Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Anja Steinbauer as Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Chaired by Filiz Peach

Participating Organisations

Adrian Brockless
Cardinal, Hayward, Jones
Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
Conway Hall Ethical Society
Design Museum London
Forum for European Philosophy
French Institute Café Philo
Kingston Philosophy Café
London Effective Altruism
London School of Philosophy
Mental Toughness Life Consultancy
Philosophy For All
Philosophy Now
Philosophical Society of England
Richard Baron
Royal Institute of Philosophy
Stand-up Philosophy
The Philosophy Foundation
The Philosophy Takeaway
University of the 3rd Age (U3A)
Wimbledon Philosophy Group

The Freedom Bird – A Family Storytelling Event

Also in Conway Hall during the Festival there will be a family storytelling event. The Freedom Bird – A Family Storytelling Event, suitable for children aged 4-10, will be held in the Library of Conway Hall during the afternoon. Festival goers with children are welcome to attend.

Past festivals: 2013, 2011.


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