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Philosophy and Theology Dinner
The second annual Philosophy and Theology Dinner was held on 22nd November, with guest speaker Rev. Chris Jervis. More than fifty A-level Philosophy and Theology pupils attended the black tie event to hear Rev. Jervis’ insightful talk on epistemology, entitled ‘Sense, Common-sense, Nonsense and Making Sense’.
Rev. Jervis was previously Chaplain and Head of Philosophy and Theology at Canford, before being granted a term’s sabbatical and a senior fellowship at the University of Oxford in 2010. After returning to Canford, Chris worked with three Oxford professors to produce a series of films on 'Philosophy, Science and the God Debate' filmed in Canford’s old library. After leaving Canford in 2013 Chris was appointed the Vicar of St. Helier, Jersey. He has twice delivered the ‘St. Helier Lecture’ in conjunction with the BBC; once on the theme of Epistemology and once on The Five Solas (solars) of the Reformation.
In his talk, he addressed the issue of how we can truly know reality – referring to such illustrious figures as Aristotle, Descartes and Hume – as well as tackling the reliability of “common sense”. He criticised the claim that to speak of God is “nonsense” and commended to his audience the virtues of “making sense”: of using a combination of experience and reason to understand reality - a middle way between empiricism and rationalism.
Thank you to Rev. Jervis for being our guest of honour and giving such an excellent talk, and to all those who helped make this evening a memorable one for staff and pupils alike.
Reporting by Finn Baker, Lower Sixth
More photographs from the evening can be viewed at Philosophy and Theology Dinner 2018