2011/2012

John Varley - The Camel and the Eye of the Needle

John Varley was educated at Downside, then Oriel College, Oxford, and afterwards at the College of Law. After a few years working as a solicitor he joined Barclays Bank in 1982. From 2004 until 2010 he was Group Chief Executive of the Bank. He sits currently on the boards of Blackrock, AstraZeneca and Rio Tinto Zinc. He also chairs Business Action on Homelessness and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The paper was essentially a personal reflection on the role morality should play in finance.

It was conducted under the Chatham House rule at the Thomas More Institute on Wednesday 21 March 2012.

 

Prof. John Cottingham - Conscience, Authority and Conflict

Prof. Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading, as well as a Professorial Research Fellow of Heythrop College, University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford, where he started out as an undergraduate. He is also Editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy. His principal research interests are in early-modern philosophy (especially Descartes), moral philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He has published eleven books as sole author, including Descartes, The Rationalists, Philosophy and the Good Life, and On the Meaning of Life. Among his recent books are The Spiritual Dimension (2005), which deals with central themes in the philosophy of religion, and Cartesian Reflections (2008), a collection of his papers on Descartes.

The following is the text of a seminar paper given by Prof. John Cottingham at the Thomas More Institute on Wednesday 29 February 2011.*

 

Archbishop Vincent Nichols - 'Faith in God is not a problem to be solved, but a vital part of the national conversation’ (Benedict XVI)

The Most Rev. Vincent Nichols has been Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference for England and Wales since 2009.

The following is the transcript of a lecture given by the Archbishop at the Thomas More Institute on 7 December 2011.

 

Dr. Ariberto Fassati - Conscience and Values in the Response to Infectious Diseases

Dr. Fassati is a graduate in Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy, and is a board-certified neurologist. He obtained a PhD from UMDS Guyʼs Hospital, London, and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize International Fellowship to work at Columbia University, New York, where he specialised in virology. He returned to the UK and was awarded a Wellcome Trust University Award at University College London (UCL). He is now Reader in Cellular and Molecular Virology and the Director of the Wohl Virion Centre at UCL. His main interests are Retroviruses and transmissible cancers. Dr. Fassati is an Associate Editor of the journal Retrovirology and a faculty member of Faculty1000 Medicine.

The following is the transcript of a seminar paper given by Dr. Ariberto Fassati at the Thomas More Institute on 12 October 2011.

 

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