Founded by the late Victor Suchar.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis the BRLSI Philosophy programme continues online.


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The Philosophy Group at BRLSI endeavours to provide time for thought and reflection on many of the major questions of our time, both in the form lectures by eminent speakers and through lively discussion in the Café Philo series. Philosophy is the love of wisdom and it starts with wonder. We look forward to welcoming you to our evenings of philosophical exploration.

If you are interested in brief summaries of previous talks and lectures, you can find these in the new Philosophy Compendium by clicking here.


The 2020 BRLSI Philosophy Programme  


Psychological Wellbeing during the Pandemic - Dr Punit Shah, University of Bath       

The way we interact with each other has fundamentally changed since the Covid-19 crisis, from how we deal with self-isolation, loneliness, solitude to our psychological wellbeing in general. This conversation explores these issues in light of the crisis and considers how this may shape our interactions and psychology in the future.

If you would like to watch the video of the conversation, please click on the image above.


Death and Society - Dr John Troyer, University of Bath

Dr John Troyer and Andreas Wasmuht discuss societies’ attitude to death and how this has changed over time and differs across cultures.

If you would like to watch the video conversation, please click on the above image.


The Meaning of Existence - Being and Becoming - Part 1 From Ritual to Religion


The question of our existence represents one of the fundamental enquiries into what it means to be human. ‘Is there any inherent meaning and purpose to our existence?’, is something humanity has asked itself stretching back into pre-history.

This first lecture in the series traces the Meaning of Existence from early human rituals to the emergence of religion and how each attempts to answer this fundamental question.

If you would like to watch Part 1 of the video Presentation, please click on the image above.



The Meaning of Existence - Being and Becoming - Part 2 From Revelation to Philosophy