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Endorsements of the Humane Philosophy Project
Some of the friends and followers of the HPP have kindly contributed the following comments:
"Philosophy at its most vibrant always looks outwards - to assimilate the wider world, to reflect on it, and to illuminate it. This is the highly commendable objective of the Humane Philosophy Project." Stewart Sutherland, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Professor of History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London.
"A commendable and timely project, which promises to open up important questions about the nature of authentic philosophizing and its role in our contemporary intellectual culture." John Cottingham, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading, Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, University of London.
“Much contemporary philosophy is limited by a peicemeal analytical approach that shies away from the larger questions and a scientism that looks to physics and biology to provide answers to these questions. The Humane Philosophy Project is an important corrective. Its exemplary record to date in bringing together thinkers to develop new approaches to philosophy shows great promise. It should be strongly supported.” Raymond Tallis, philosopher, writer, cultural critic, retired medical physician and clinical neuroscientist.
"This is a path-breaking common enterprise of young and motivated scholars, which offers forceful support to the humanities in a time of financial, intellectual and moral crisis in and around Europe. Their enthusiasm keeps hope alive that matters of taste and good sense might remain crucial for the next generation of Europeans." Ferenc Hörcher, Director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics, Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
"I am delighted to welcome this really necessary protest against the current muddled and superstitious worship of `science', a cult which is based on an unreal vision of science itself and which distracts us from the real problems of the world. We urgently need to rescue today's students from this propaganda, especially students of philosophy." Mary Midgley, Honorary Fellow, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, University of Newcastle.
"I am happy to see that the Humane Philosophy Project by bringing together a wide variety of speakers provides an ideal forum for discussing important questions. I am delighted to have been part of it and actually learned from the experience. Your project is certainly worthy of support." Hubert Dreyfus, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley.
"The Humane Philosophy Project brings together first-rate thinkers to address questions which cannot be answered by science. I support the endeavour wholeheartedly." Stephen Priest, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford.
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