The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Debate

The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Debate
21 November 2019, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
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The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

What's the Point of Diversity?

Part of the Being Human Festival

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Tommy Curry

Baroness Onora O'Neill

Professor Kathleen Stock

Chair: Ritula Shah


Diversity has become a divisive issue in today's society. In this debate philosophers at the front line will be picking at its complexities and difficulties. What are the different forms of diversity? Why do they matter? Should we be promoting or managing diversity? Should we even be reducing it in the name of greater cohesion? And why are we riding it so hard to have these debates, with opposing sides refusing to engage with each other? 

For this year’s Royal institute of Philosophy debate we have abandoned the antagonistic for/against format and have invited our speakers to model a more collaborative discussion in which increased mutual understanding matters more than winning. In our increasingly polarised society, we need to bring people together more than ever. Confirmed speakers include Prof Tommy Curry, Baroness Onora O'Neill, and Prof Kathleen Stock with the BBC's Ritula Shah in the chair.


Doors: 6pm

Start: 6.30pm

Finish: 8pm


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