Give War a Chance? Day Conference

28 03 2014

Contesting Themes from In Defence of War
1 May 2014

A One Day Conference on the Law, Ethics, and History of Armed Conflict
St Mary’s College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews 

BiggarInDefenceOfWarScholars from both sides of the Atlantic, and representing a range of disciplines, will engage In Defence of War, which has quickly been regarded as one of the most important recent books on the morality of war. In it, Oxford theologian and priest Nigel Biggar challenges what he regards as wishful thinking: the increasingly fashionable view that war has become unnecessary. He contends that war can be morally legitimate, legally justified, and indeed Christian. Arguing from a range of sources including military history, real-life battle accounts, philosophy, theology, and international law, In Defence of War is the book with which future pacifists and realists will have to contend.

Speakers:

  • John Milbank, University of Nottingham (Theology)
  • Mary Ellen O’Connell, University of Notre Dame (Law)
  • David Rodin, University of Oxford (Philosophy)
  • Anthony Lang, University of St Andrews (International Relations)
  • Nigel Biggar, University of Oxford (Theology)

Registration is now open. The conference is free, but space is limited, so please register by emailing gwac.conference@gmail.com.  Include your name and, if applicable, your institution and field of study. The event will run from approximately 10am to 5pm. Refreshments, but not lunch, will be provided. Confirmation of your place, as well as further details of the event, will be sent in April. Full details at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/rt/conf/givewar/.





Podcast: Oh What a Lovely War? First World War Anniversary Lectures

27 02 2014

First World War Anniversary Lectures Podcast2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, whose war dead still cascade down the north wall of the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, and which continues to haunt the imagination of contemporary Britons, shaping our views of armed force, of authority, and of patriotism. This lecture series looks at aspects of the First World War.

Lecture Series Podcast





How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life

26 02 2014

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On Friday 28 February 2014, the McDonald Centre will host a conference on How Much is Enough? In addition to the authors themselves, speakers will include Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, John Lloyd of the Financial Times, and Martin Kettle of the Guardian.

The conference will take place at Christ Church in the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, and will run from 0900 to 1600. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

NEW Seminar Programme

In 1930 John Maynard Keynes predicted that, over the next century, income would rise steadily, people’s basic needs would be met, and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Why was he so wrong?

In How Much is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life (Penguin, 2012 and 2013), Robert and Edward Skidelsky argue that wealth is not—or should not be—an end in itself, but rather a means to the good life. Observing how far modern life has strayed from that ideal, and rejecting the claim that there is any single measure of human well-being—whether GDP or ‘happiness’—they analyse the good life into seven elements, argue that a healthy liberal society should promote them, and propose a set of policies to realise them.





Where’s the Virtue in the Humanities?

20 02 2014

Virtue and HumanitiesWhether in banks or on the battlefield, in the NHS or in national newspapers, the need for virtuous leadership is now patent. An education in the humanities is, in fact, an education in virtues that are at once intellectual and civic, underscoring its importance for non-economic public flourishing. Such moral formation would be much more effective, however, were it openly professed and discussed. But the predominant liberal ideal, aspiring to neutrality on the Good Life, tends to suppress such profession. How, then, can Liberal Humanities own up to – and promote – its public service as a matrix of civic virtue?

Tuesday 25th February 2014 | 13:00 – 14:00 (lunch from 12:45) 
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Presenter:  Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, University of Oxford

Respondents:  Dr. Donald Drakeman (author of The Value of the Humanities)
Steven Biel, Executive Director of the Humanities Centre at Harvard University

Chair:  Jonathan Bate, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at University of Oxford (author of The Public Value of the Humanities)

This seminar is part of “Humanities and the Public Good“, a special series of events bringing together leading scholars in the arts and sciences and influential figures beyond academia, to consider the role of the Humanities in addressing contemporary challenges.

Free and open to all, just turn up.
Visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk for more information.





Paxman Begins WW1 Anniversary Lectures

23 01 2014

On Tuesday 21st of January, Jeremy Paxman gave the first of a series of lectures at Christ Church exploring the First World War. The Blue Boar Lecture Theatre and overflow seating were full to capacity long before the start of the lecture and many people were disappointed not to be able to get in.

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

Jeremy Paxman with Professor Nigel Bigger

2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, whose war dead still cascade down the north wall of the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, and which continues to haunt the imagination of contemporary Britons, shaping our views of armed force, of authority, and of patriotism.

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Oh, What a Lovely War?

20 01 2014

Oh, What a Lovely War?Lecture Series, Hilary Term 2014
TUESDAYS, 5:00–6:30 P.M. | BLUE BOAR THEATRE | CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD

21 JANUARY
Jeremy Paxman, Great Britain’s Great War

28 JANUARY
Margaret MacMillan, Accident or Choice? The Outbreak of the First World War

4 FEBRUARY
Gary Sheffield, Victorious Donkeys? British Generals and Generalship of
the First World War Reconsidered

11 FEBRUARY
Nigel Biggar, 1914–1918: Was Britain Right to Fight?

18 FEBRUARY
Matthew Grimley, The War and English Religion

25 FEBRUARY
Holger Afflerbach, “If you do not want to see God’s hand in everything,
even in the most unbearable, you are lost.” Experiencing the First World War
Alongside Kaiser Wilhelm II





Michael Gove on Britain’s Involvement in the First World War

8 01 2014
Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Last week Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, published a controversial article in The Daily Mail, decrying left-wing denigration of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. In it he praised Nigel Biggar’s “superb essay” in the September issue of Standpoint magazine. You may find Mr. Gove’s article here. And Nigel Biggar’s essay here.








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