The Voltaire Lecture 2016 | 'Socrates, Confucius, and the Buddha', with Bettany Hughes
Socrates, Confucius, and Gautama Buddha are all considered giants of philosophy. They lived in the fifth and sixth centuries BCE, long before Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians revere as a god, and in their lives they radically changed the way humanity thought about itself. Rather than look to the heavens and supernatural entities to explain the world around us, these three figures made attempts to use reason and an understanding of the sensory world to come to conclusions about history, nature, and the human condition.
Purchase tickets today and join us for a fascinating lecture on the impact of humanist and humanistic thinking in the ancient world.
Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and TV presenter, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. She has written and presented over 40 TV and radio documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, National Geographic, and many others, and her programmes have been seen by more than a quarter of a billion people worldwide.
Bettany’s lecture is the latest in a proud tradition of Voltaire Lectures held in London each year. The Voltaire Lecture explores philosophical thought or human activity as affected by or with particular references to Humanism. It is always chaired by the British Humanist Association president. Previous Voltaire Lecturers include comedian Robin Ince, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Bangladeshi blogger Bonya Ahmed, and BHA President Jim Al-Khalili.
Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Tickets cost £15 for the general public, £12 for BHA members, and only £10 for students.
Please note that tickets must be booked online in advance of the event, and that sales end at 14:00 on 21 April, unless tickets have sold out before then.
25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL