Being Human and Living Well

Friday 21 May 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Writer and philosopher Julian Baggini (The Great Guide: What David Hume can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well) shares invaluable wisdom on living a good life from one of the Enlightenment’s greatest philosophers.

David Hume (1711–1776) is perhaps best known for his ideas about cause and effect and his criticisms of religion, but he is rarely thought of as a philosopher with practical wisdom to offer.

This event will see Julian weaving biography with history to highlight the places that inspired Hume the most, from his family estate near the Scottish border to Paris. He will explore how Hume put his philosophy into practice, in a life that blended reason and passion, study and leisure and relaxation and enjoyment.

Come and discover how life could be far richer with Hume as your guide.

Follow on Twitter: @JulianBaggini

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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The Great Guide: What David Hume can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well by Julian Baggini


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