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University lecturers speak at Student Philosophy Conference in Shirley Hall

University of Kent lecturers gave talks to King’s sixth-formers at a Philosophy Conference on Tuesday in an initiative to give further insight into studying the subject at undergraduate level.

Four guest speakers gave talks in the Shirley Hall and St Mary’s Hall, including Dr Graeme Forbes on the philosophy of time, Dr Michael Wilde on the use of evidence in medicine and Dr Edward Kanterian on whether the world exists.

Bella Roskill (Jervis, 6b), who attended the conference, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the University lecture style of the talks—I definitely like that. We heard from Alexandra Trofimov on ‘Can computers think?’ which was much more contextualised compared to what we’re used to doing at A Level. There’s much more detail.”

Alongside the student conference, teacher discussions on continuing professional development were hosted by Gerald Jones and Jeremy Hayward, who co-author AQA Philosophy text books alongside King’s teacher Daniel Cardinal. 

The East Kent Philosophy Teacher’s Network organised the event in conjunction with our partnerships department, and we were thrilled to welcome 150 pupils from local schools to the Precincts.

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