Pursuit of Knowledge 2015 is a unique 2-day Philosophy conference to be held at Worksop College on 29th and 30th October.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the event will feature eight renowned key note speakers.

Richard Swinburne ● Peter Vardy ● Jonathan Wolff ● Julian Baggini ● Nigel Warburton ●

Michael Lacewing ● Raymond Tallis ● Angie Hobbs

Aimed at Year 10 to Year 13 pupils from outside schools, the conference will be an exciting mix of interactive workshops, innovative seminars and lectures and the chance to be part of a Philosothon.pinc

Hosted in conjunction with The University of Sheffield and Philosophy In The City, the conference will promote critical thought and a love of knowledge of philosophy.

Head of Religious Studies and PSHE, Jane Gatley said: “I want to bring together students, teachers, university students and academics to share their interest and passion for philosophy.

I am delighted that we have such a breadth of renowned speakers coming to the event who will come together to make this an exciting and unique event.”


Key note speakers

richard_swinburne   Professor Richard Swinburne
Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion. Prof Swinburne is a leading philosopher specialising in Philosophy of Religion at Oxford. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College and Oxford Fellow of the British Academy.
Dr Peter Vardy
Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London from 1999-2001, Dr Vardy is internationally well-known as a leader in the fields of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics and Values Education. He has written extensively on topics associated with Religious Studies A’Level.
Jonathan-Wolff-professor--001   Professor Jonathan Wolff
Political Philosopher at University College London. Author of Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry.
Professor Angie Hobbs
Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Professor Hobbs is an expert on Aristotle and often appears on radio and television.
JulianBaggini   Julian Baggini
Writer and founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. His books include The Ego Trick, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind and Atheism: A Very Short Introduction.

Nigel Warburton
Best known as a populariser of philosophy having written a number of books in the genre. Nigel has also written academic works in aesthetics and applied ethics. He is a writer, columnist and creates philosophy bites.
Dr-Michael-Lacewing5   Michael Lacewing
Heythrop College. Writer of the Philosophy A’Level text books and is a philosopher highly involved in the subject as an academic qualification.
Professor Raymond Tallis
Philosopher poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine Autumn 2009 he was listed as on the top living polymaths in the world. Author of Aping Mankind. Professor Tallis is an advocate of euthanasia and also speaks out against the idea that science can tell us everything about the world around us.



Philosophy in the City is a Sheffield University organisation, run by undergraduates,  which brings Philosophy into local schools. They will be co-ordinating the interactive group workshops during the conference.


Contact Us

Pursuit of Knowledge 2015 is now fully booked. For further details please email pursuitofknowledge2015@wsnl.co.uk

To speak to an organiser about the event please telephone Jane Gatley on 01909 537100.