Students Question ‘Knowledge’ with A C Grayling
Students, parents and the local community were invited to the Stamford Endowed Schools to listen to an inspiring lecture from renowned Philosopher and Humanist, Professor A C Grayling, on Thursday 16th October. This was part of the Schools’ popular Foundation Lecture Series.
Professor A C Grayling, now Master of the New College of the Humanities, and previously a Professor of Philosophy at the Birkbeck College, University of London, focused on the difficult question of what constitutes knowing and knowledge, including such classic examples as; “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Professor Grayling spoke without notes, mixing serious discussion with amusing anecdotes to a packed out audience in the new Performing Arts Centre at Stamford School. Referencing philosophers and thinkers such as Descartes, Newton and Kant, he posed arguments on the differences between intelligence and knowledge, and whether we can really know anything with certainty.
Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools Mr Stephen Roberts said “It was an outstanding start to the Foundation Lecture series. Professor Grayling was engaging and illuminating and we all now have a much better understanding about what is meant by knowledge.”
The Foundation Lecture series continues on Friday 7th November, with Dr Mike Leahy and his presentation on “Practical Parasitology and the Absurdities of Science on TV.”