Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to give public talk at the University of Winchester

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

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FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams gives a public lecture at the University of Winchester next week.

The lecture, on June 11, titled Ethics and Empathy: A New Look, explores the boundaries between science, philosophy and human psychology.

Following recent neurological research which sparked further interest in the mapping of empathy circuits in the brain, Dr Williams considers the relationship between ethics and empathy.

He explores whether we can attribute what we call evil to the malfunctioning of such processes or whether we still need other factors such as language, culture, politics and religion to think through our ethical problems.

The lecture concludes a postgraduate research day in the department of theology and religious studies, in which students have the opportunity to present their work to their peers and staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Williams to give the concluding lecture in the programme, and to make it open to a wider public.

“He is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished theologians and church leaders of his generation,” said Professor Neil Messer, head of theology and religious studies at the University of Winchester.

Dr Williams has published academic books and articles on subjects ranging from early Christian theology to Russian literature, as well as his own poetry and translations of other poets’ work.

The lecture takes place at 7pm in The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester.

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8:48am Sun 8 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

One might say that since the prime function of the Archbishop of Canterbury is the exhort people to avoid evil lest they not enter eternal life, that speculating about its causes may suggest that he did not quite hit the job spec and, as is glaringly obvious, John Sentamu was the right man for it.
One might say that since the prime function of the Archbishop of Canterbury is the exhort people to avoid evil lest they not enter eternal life, that speculating about its causes may suggest that he did not quite hit the job spec and, as is glaringly obvious, John Sentamu was the right man for it. Dai Rear
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9:09am Sun 8 Jun 14

Solomon's Boot says...

He'll be able to speak his mind now he's no longer archbishop. Just like MPs when they leave the job! Shame they can't do it whilst employed, then we might get the real picture of who they are and what they represent!
He'll be able to speak his mind now he's no longer archbishop. Just like MPs when they leave the job! Shame they can't do it whilst employed, then we might get the real picture of who they are and what they represent! Solomon's Boot
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9:16am Sun 8 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Solomon's Boot wrote:
He'll be able to speak his mind now he's no longer archbishop. Just like MPs when they leave the job! Shame they can't do it whilst employed, then we might get the real picture of who they are and what they represent!
I think it was obvious to all, that like any who wish for clerical preferment he expressed fairly hard socialist views which were very likely to be from the heart, there being a very sad culture of socialism west of the Usk.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon's Boot[/bold] wrote: He'll be able to speak his mind now he's no longer archbishop. Just like MPs when they leave the job! Shame they can't do it whilst employed, then we might get the real picture of who they are and what they represent![/p][/quote]I think it was obvious to all, that like any who wish for clerical preferment he expressed fairly hard socialist views which were very likely to be from the heart, there being a very sad culture of socialism west of the Usk. Dai Rear
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11:11am Sun 8 Jun 14

skeptik says...

That word 'socialism' again - if we got rid of all socialist principles and worked on pay as you go - there would be more understanding of what socialism is - DM readers describe everyone and everything as socialist, Marxist or communist - most of them could be understudy for the caged one in the pet sketch - Monty Python. Is taxpayer subsidy of failing business socialist or do we call it something else - free market?
That word 'socialism' again - if we got rid of all socialist principles and worked on pay as you go - there would be more understanding of what socialism is - DM readers describe everyone and everything as socialist, Marxist or communist - most of them could be understudy for the caged one in the pet sketch - Monty Python. Is taxpayer subsidy of failing business socialist or do we call it something else - free market? skeptik
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1:12pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

skeptik wrote:
That word 'socialism' again - if we got rid of all socialist principles and worked on pay as you go - there would be more understanding of what socialism is - DM readers describe everyone and everything as socialist, Marxist or communist - most of them could be understudy for the caged one in the pet sketch - Monty Python. Is taxpayer subsidy of failing business socialist or do we call it something else - free market?
Life of Brian- "you're talking about those schismatic socialists, Dai Rear. Wrong kind of socialism"
There is no "right kind"; I've lived on this planet long enough to know that.
In any event John Sentamu is far more inspiring than The Obscure Druid, isn't he?
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: That word 'socialism' again - if we got rid of all socialist principles and worked on pay as you go - there would be more understanding of what socialism is - DM readers describe everyone and everything as socialist, Marxist or communist - most of them could be understudy for the caged one in the pet sketch - Monty Python. Is taxpayer subsidy of failing business socialist or do we call it something else - free market?[/p][/quote]Life of Brian- "you're talking about those schismatic socialists, Dai Rear. Wrong kind of socialism" There is no "right kind"; I've lived on this planet long enough to know that. In any event John Sentamu is far more inspiring than The Obscure Druid, isn't he? Dai Rear
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1:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

forest hump says...

Socialism will never work. Greed will always prevail. Despite what Southy thinks, it will never work as Mr Orwell rightly penned.
Socialism will never work. Greed will always prevail. Despite what Southy thinks, it will never work as Mr Orwell rightly penned. forest hump
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2:35pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

forest hump wrote:
Socialism will never work. Greed will always prevail. Despite what Southy thinks, it will never work as Mr Orwell rightly penned.
So true. Socialism is indeed greedy for your money-all of it.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Socialism will never work. Greed will always prevail. Despite what Southy thinks, it will never work as Mr Orwell rightly penned.[/p][/quote]So true. Socialism is indeed greedy for your money-all of it. Dai Rear
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