Celebrating the Centenary of the End of WWICan we find wisdom in the study of history?
The 11th of November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I - one of the most terrible wars in the history of Europe and supposedly the “war to end all wars”. We will mark this important event in combination with World Philosophy Day by exploring in context the end of the ‘Great War’ and the link between history and philosophy. Cicero’s dictum “History as life’s teacher” conveys the idea that the study of the past should serve as a lesson for the future. However, history also shows that humanity often seems to fail to learn lessons from the past.
What is the most useful way to reflect on historical events? If we define philosophy as the search for wisdom and apply philosophical enquiry to the field of history, can we discern some wisdom from its study?
This evening will consist of various short presentations by different speakers on the subjects of WWI and the philosophy of history. There will be buffet-style refreshments provided both during the break and after the event with time for philosophical conversation.
Please see our website closer to the date for more details.