A group of our Sixth Formers attended a philosophy conference where keynote speakers included Prof Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford along with other experts.
The Pursuit of Knowledge conference, held at Worksop College, was aimed at students from Years 10 to 13. It was a blend of interactive workshops, seminars and a ‘philosophon’ where students took part in debates. The event was hosted in conjunction with The University of Sheffield and Philosophy In The City and it promoted critical thought and a love of knowledge of philosophy. Eleven of our Sixth Formers attended, accompanied by teacher Mrs Coombe.
Student Sam Bristow said: ‘The main structure was in the forms of lectures, seminars and workshops, similar to the format that would be found at university, which gave the whole thing a much more intensive feel than other courses that I have been to, and also far more useful because the learning from the lecture was reinforced by debates and discussions. Overall, the experience was really fascinating, although tiring! I'd definitely say that my understanding of Philosophy has, on the whole, improved.’
Student Seth Goddard said: ‘The conference was fantastic and we had talks from all sorts of top academics. It was an amazing opportunity due to the sheer impressiveness of the high profile guest speakers. We did plenty of seminars and a philosophon where the Brooke Weston group ended up looking at the way that education affects society and the philosophical questions behind it. It was really fascinating.’