Philosophy Conference


S6 pupils attended the Royal Society of Edinburgh's international conference this month, entitled "Existential Philosophy and Literature: The Franco - Scottish Connection - Past and Present".

Kate Lochrie, Florence Sharkey and Max Rodney, along with Mark Fisher, gave papers and answered questions at the event, held in the library at the University of Glasgow. 

Mark presented on Descartes’ “Cogito” argument, Kate compared and contrasted two literary texts, Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and L’Etranger by Albert Camus. Florence looked at existentialism in drama, comparing Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and Bernard-Marie Koltès’ Roberto Zucco, while Max looked at existentialist themes in Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

All four had prepared their presentations over the summer under the guidance of Hutchesons’ former Head of Philosophy and Religion, Dr Philip Tonner.

The group displayed composure and eloquence at the event, and Dr Tonner later presented a talk on Univocity.

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