Welcome to Philosophy Tea at Regina Theatre. Scones, tea and interesting discussions led by Professor Peter Wallensteen and Foreign Lecturer Daniel Ogden.
A World without War
This spring, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Foreign Lecturer Daniel Ogden, both of Uppsala University, will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks about thinkers and activists who have contributed to our understanding of peace and justice. The two individuals we highlight this spring are the seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), and the peace activist and 1905 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914); the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Both were provocative writers who challenged the conventions of their times. Our talks focus on their unique contributions to our understanding of peace and justice.
• Wednesday, February 8, at 3.00 PM − Bertha von Suttner
Lay Down Your Arms!
Bertha von Suttner
The Austrian aristocrat Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) wrote a European best-selling book titled Lay Down Your Arms in 1889 that made her central in the international movements for peace and disarmament during the following quarter century. She was involved in the creation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 1899. Most famously, her correspondence with Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel may have convinced him to create the Peace Prize. In 1905, Bertha von Suttner was the first female laureate of this award.
• Wednesday, January 18, at 3.00 PM − Baruch Spinoza
“For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character”
Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise, 1670
Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a very controversial Dutch philosopher. As a young man, he was expelled from the Jewish congregation of Amsterdam for his unconventional ideas on God and religion; views that he would later put forth in his Ethics, published only after his death in 1677. When his Theological-Political Treatise was published in 1670, critics called it, “a book forged in hell”. Our talk will examine Spinoza’s ideas on God, humanity and the world; and his radical proposals for a society based on peace; not war.
Each philosophy tea session lasts one hour, with the final twenty minutes being reserved for an open discussion with the audience. The sessions are run in English.
Tea and scones will be served. All welcome.
Philosophy Tea is supported by Uppsala University and both sessions will be disseminated as pod casts.
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