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17:30 to 18:30
End date
04 March 2015
Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Freedom of Speech: What It Has Been and What It Should Be

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders and the ensuing debate on freedom of religion vs freedom of expression, Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College Professor Sir Richard Sorabji CBE will deliver this timely lecture on the history and philosophical principles underlying the concept of free speech.
Professor Sir Richard Sorabji is a fellow of the British, American and Royal Flemish Academies, author of books on Aristotle; Gandhi; and Moral Conscience through the Ages (in preparation); and editor of 100 volumes of translation from philosophy linking late antiquity to the middle ages. 

He founded the King’s College Centre for Philosophical Studies between 1989 and 1991, with the aim of promoting philosophy to the wider public, and was Director of the Institute of Classical Studies from 1991 to 1996.
Professor Sorabji was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 for his services to ancient philosophy, and knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to philosophical scholarship.