Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

London - Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Monday 21.11.2016
From 18:30 Up to 21:30
United KingdomLondonLSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UKWC2A 3
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This event is free to attend and no registration is required. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

- John Cottingham, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading
- Beverley Clack, Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes University
- Tim Mulgan, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of St Andrews and Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland

- Peter Dennis, Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

The traditional answer to this question is that God has a plan for the universe and we are part of it. Almost as traditionally, atheists have countered that the universe has no purpose since a benevolent God does not exist. But what if the purpose of the universe does not involve us—or God—all? Tim Mulgan explores this possibility in his recent book 'Purpose in the Universe' (Oxford University Press, 2015). He joins a panel of metaphysicians and philosophers of religion to debate his view.

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