The 221st lecture series
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The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow was founded in 1802, when the term ‘philosophy’ meant knowledge in the broadest sense. The Society provides stimulating lectures and discussion for members on a great diversity of topics.
Our 220th season has just ended, and we are now planning the lectures, member trips and events for next season, beginning in September 2022.
See below for details of the exciting line-up of speakers for 2022.
If you are someone who enjoys learning about what is happening in the world around you, being introduced to new discoveries and exposed to new ideas, and are not already a member, then join us and expand your horizons!
- 07 Dec, 22Upcoming18 Jan, 23Upcoming01 Mar, 23Upcoming
Previous eclectic, diverse lectures from leading figures
See Professor Lars Chittka's talk for the society "The Mind of the Bee" from January 2021. Bees have a diverse instinctual repertoire that allows the functioning of the beehive like a smoothly oiled factory, with different workers specialising in comb construction, climate control system, defence and foraging for nectar and pollen. However, the richness of bees’ instincts has traditionally been contrasted with the notion that bees’ small brains allow little behavioural flexibility and learning behaviour.Watch now
When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family’s secret history. In doing so, he uncovers a series of unlikely coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of modern international law, in the 1945 ‘moment’ and at the Nuremberg trial. ‘East West Street’: on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity, on the individual and the group. See Prof Philippe Sands lecture for the Royal Phil.Watch now
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0n the 5th November 1802, three Glaswegian gentlemen, John Roberton, William Douglas, and Peter Nicholson, acting on behalf of a number of others in the city who were ‘interested in the prosperity of the Trades and Manufactures of their country’, and anxious for ‘the improvement of the Arts and Sciences’ ...Find out more
In March 2022, there was a very successful three day trip to York which was packed with interesting and informative visits and talks. The trip also provided an opportunity to meet with a similar organisation to ours, this being the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS).See more about the trip
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Left Behind: How poor places can get trapped, and how they can catch up.
Professor Sir Paul CollierThe Bowman Lecture in association with the University of Glasgow
Professor Sir Paul Collier Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School, University of Oxford. Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik…
Please note that this is a change to the advertised talk caused by unforeseen circumstances. Professor Graham Watt MD FRCGP FRSE FMedSci CBE Emeritus Professor, General Practice and Primary Care,…
Baroness Helena Kennedy KC Specialist in Civil Liberties and Human Rights Baroness Helena Kennedy KC is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice…
Professor Saiful Islam Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Oxford. He grew up in London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College…
The impact of brain injury on vision: what does this teach us about how our minds see?
Professor Gordon Dutton
Wednesday 12 October Professor Gordon Dutton Professor of Visual Science, Glasgow Caledonian University Professor Gordon Dutton was a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Glasgow for 25 years, initially as a Senior Lecturer,…
Wednesday 28th September 2022 William Dalrymple Historian, Author and Broadcaster William Dalrymple is one of Britain’s great historians and the bestselling author of the Wolfson Prize-winning White Mughals, The Last…