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 2022/23 Session is well underway. See below for our exciting forthcoming speakers. You can also see our previous speakers using the ‘Lectures’ tab and clicking on Past Lectures, and see the trips planned in 2023 in the latest Members’ Newsletter, accessible from the ‘News’ tab
See below for details of the exciting line-up of speakers for 2023.
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!
- 05 Apr, 23Upcoming
Professor Anil SethFrom beast machines to dreamachines04 Oct, 23Upcoming
Professor Steve BrusatteThe fall of dinosaurs and rise of mammals18 Oct, 23Upcoming
Professor Kathy NiakanGene editing in humans01 Nov, 23Upcoming
Professor Neil AdgerMigration and climate change15 Nov, 23Upcoming
Dr Gavin FrancisThe lost art of convalescence29 Nov, 23Upcoming
Sir John KayThe Adam Smith Lecture
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
We started our new session in our new home in the Sir Charles Wilson Building at Glasgow University.Learn 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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Professor Lord Paul BewWhy have the British never understood Ireland/Northern Ireland – To be rescheduledThe British Academy Lecture
Our talk on 22 March is in partnership with the British Academy. Unfortunately the British Academy need to postpone Lord Bew’s talk due to the resumption of industrial action in…
Professor Pat MonaghanWhat can birds tell us about how to age slowly?
This is a change to our advertised programme as the train operators strike on 16th March has severely impacted the travel of our speaker scheduled for the 15th March and…
Sir Philip AugarThe big end of town? Coming to terms with the City
Sir Philip Augar A former banker, Philip has been commenting on the City for over twenty years. A PhD in History, he has written seven books, contributes to the Financial…
Sally Beamish was born in London. She began her career as a viola player with the Raphael Ensemble, Academy of St Martins and London Sinfonietta, before moving to Scotland in 1990…
Lucasta MillerJohn Keats: Body and Soul
Dr Lucasta Miller is a critic and biographer with a particular interest in finding new ways to approach literary lives. She is the author of The Bronte Myth and of L.E.L.: The Lost…
Professor Gerry CarruthersRobert Burns and 18th Century Thought
Professor Gerard Carruthers Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow Gerard Carruthers FRSE is Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is General Editor of…