Speaker Biographies

Dr Andrew Edgar

Andrew Edgar is Reader in Philosophy at Cardiff University.  His areas of research include the philosophy of the Frankfurt School (with a number of publications on Habermas), but also the Philosophy of Sport.  He is the editor of the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

Bashir Kahn

Bashir Kahn has a Masters Degree in Ethics and Social Philosophy from Cardiff University, and is working for a PhD investigating the philosophical nature of community in the context of multiculturalism.  

Bob Clarke

Bob Clarke studied Physics at Bristol University in the late 1960s and since then he has pursued a career in science and engineering. He co-ordinated Workers Educational Association (WEA) philosophy courses in south-west London for over thirty years, which led him to take degrees in the History of Ideas at Kingston University and at Birkbeck College London.

Claire Hamilton

Claire Hamilton has an MA in the Bardic Tradition of Ireland

Derek Stanesby

Derek Stanesby studied philosophy at Leeds University and went on to do a PhD in the philosophy of science at Manchester University. Following ordination he became a parish priest and then a canon of Windsor at the College of St George, where he was responsible for running a series or courses on science and religion, and later lectured on the philosophy of religion at the Royal Holloway College, University of London

Frank Lyons

Frank Lyons is an award-winning architect, the Director of Humane Architecture, an architectural practice based in Bristol. He has lectured at various universities including Krakow, Bath and Plymouth, and is currently writing a book which explores some key philosophical issues in relation to architecture.

Herbert Girardet

Herbie Girardet is an author, international environment consultant, and documentary filmmaker. He is a member of the Club of Rome, and a recipient of a UN Global 500 awards for outstanding environmental achievements. He is a visiting professor at University of the West of England, and a former chairman of the Bristol-based Schumacher Society (see also Publications). He has lived in Tintern for over 40 years

Jim Cross

Jim Cross is a long-time member of the Tintern Philosophy Circle

John Clarke

John Clarke has taught philosophy at various universities, and is retired Professor of the History of Ideas at Kingston University, London. He is the author of a number of books - see Publications

Rev Dr John Dearnley

John's main career was in social work, At various times he had links with the Tavistock Institute, worked in for the Race Relations Board and in Community Work, but mainly he was concerned with local authority social work, then a member of the Social Services Inspectorate. On retirement he moved into voluntary work with the Church in Wales, being at one time Social Responsibility Officer for the Diocese of Monmouth and later becoming Priest in Charge in Llandogo and Tintern

Judith Stares

Judith is a freelance journalist and editor of a national news agency. After a career which included time as a foreign correspondent in various world trouble-spots, she began to specialize in health and medicine, investigating illness and treatments in other cultures, including China, Russia and the USA. Philosophy has been a lifelong preoccupation, encouraged by extra-mural courses at Oxford and membership of several philosophical discussion groups. Exploring the power of the mind has informed much of her thoughts and writings.

Lorraine Cavanagh

Dr Cavanagh is a theologian and an Anglican priest. She is the author of By One Spirit: Reconciliation and Renewal in Anglican Life Peter Lang (2009), Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and Redemption [Series: Making Sense of Christianity

Margaret Majumdar

Margaret is Research Professor of Francophone Studies at the University of Portsmouth. A former Secretary of the Association for the Study of Contemporary and Modern France, she has published extensively on French political philosophy, including the work of Louis Althusser and Jean-Paul Sartre, and the wider French-speaking world in the postcolonial context. Her books include Althusser and the End of  Leninism?;  Francophone Studies: The Essential Glossary; Transition and Development in Algeria: Economic, Social and Cultural Challenges; Post-coloniality: The French Dimension. She is currently working on a book on the notion of progress. She and her husband live in Tintern.

Maria Taylor

Maria has a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Wales, Newport, and an MA in Philosophy from Cardiff University. She is philosophy editor of HARTS and Mind, and is writing an introduction to philosophy course, and a booklet for adult education classes. She is a long-time member of the Tintern Philosophy Circle

Dr Matt J Dunn

Matt is an optometrist and lecturer in visual neuroscience at Cardiff University. His research in the discipline of psychophysics explores perceptual representation of physical stimuli in normal observers and patients with neurological disorders. He specialises in conditions affecting spatial and temporal representation of visual information

Peter Gandy

Peter has an MA in Classical Civilisation and is the author of several books on Early Christianity, Gnosticism and the Western Esoteric tradition.

Dr Peter Sedgwick                                      

Peter is Reader in Philosophy at Cardiff University. His publications include Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to European Philosophy (2000), Nietzsche's Economy (2007), and Nietzsche's Justice (2013).

Rachel Stubley

Rachel Stubley has a BA in literature from Oxford and an MA in applied linguistics from London. She is a Senior Lecturer in post-compulsory education at the University of South Wales. Prior to this, she worked as an English language and literacy teacher in adult, community and further education institutions in inner London

Richard Ryder

Richard Ryder is a Cambridge philosopher and psychologist who has spent much of his life campaigning against speciesism. He has been Mellon Professor in the Philosophy Dept at Tulane University, and RSPCA Chairman. He is author or editor of ten books, his last being Speciesism, Painism and Happiness.

Prof Robin Attfield

Robin Attfield, now retired, was Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University from 1991. His work currently focusses on ethics, philosophy of religion and environmental ethics, and his recent publications include a textbook on ethics, Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century, and a contribution to a series on global ethics, The Ethics of the Global Environment. His most recent published book relates environmental ethics to philosophy of religion, and is published as Wonder, Value and God. His latest book, Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, is due to be published by Oxford University Press in December 2018

Steve Eddy

Steve is an educational author and teacher, and teaches Philosophy as part of Monmouth School's Sixth Form Enrichment course. He has been a member of the Tintern Philosophy Group for about fifteen years now, and has given a number of talks in that time

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of South Wales. His main research interests are in the philosophy of disability, theories of social justice and equality, the philosophy of well-being, and more broadly in how abstract philosophical principles can be applied to public policy and practice.

Steve England

Steve is a long-standing member of the philosophy circle and has a special interest in aspects of twentieth century continental philosophy

Tim Cross

Tim Cross has a degree in philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and lectures in economics and business studies. He is a long-time member of the Tintern Philosophy Circle

Dr Vanessa Dodd

Vanessa was formerly Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Creative Writing and Applied Drama at the University of South Wales where she drew on long professional involvement with the theatre, and a parallel interest in psychology and the philosophy of mind. She trained in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and in theatre directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has a first class BA Hons. degree in English and History, an MA in play writing, and a recently awarded PhD on the link between modernist writing and human consciousness.



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