26 Aug Dr Peter Vardy at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester
On Wednesday 21st November 2012 philosophers from years 12 and 13 attended the ‘Arguing for God’ conference in Yeovil, Somerset led by former Vice Principle of Heythrop College, University of London, Dr. Peter Vardy.
The conference focused on the Ontological and Cosmological Arguments for the Existence of God as well as a lecture on the rejection of God from a comparison of the work by Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung on psychoanalysis. The day was rounded up with a debate on religious language. A very mentally intense day from start to finish, all came away with a very positive view on the day. Students were in no doubt as to the value of the day in helping with their understanding of these challenging academic avenues of enquiry.
Also, Mr Mark Skinner, teacher in charge of Theology and Ethics at THS, has been specifically asked by Dr Vardy to be a contributor to the international programme that Dr Vardy is developing in conjunction with schools and universities in east Asia, particularly Honk Kong. This stems from Mr Skinner’s particular specialism and interest in oriental philosophy through his work at the London School of Oriental and African Studies as well as the department’s introduction of Eastern Philosophy at A Level under the tutorship of Mrs Jane Buckley.