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Apr
05

Next Cafe: The Games People Play

Game theory is the process of modelling the strategic interaction, behaviour and decision making between two or more agents in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. It can therefore provide a framework for understanding the behaviour of individuals, but also firms and countries in specific situations, in the context of the pursuit of their [...]

Mar
14

Next CPC – Ignorance and the Value of Knowledge

On the face of it, we seem to care a lot about knowledge. As a society, we invest a lot of money in institutions meant to generate and distribute it. On a personal level, we go to great lengths to send our children to the best schools. But should we care so much about knowledge? [...]

Nov
15

Next Cafe: The Mindfulness Movement – History, Ethics, & Politics

For over one hundred years, peoples of predominantly European and Anglo-American societies – the Western countries of the ‘Global North’ – have turned to Asian-derived mind-body practices and training regimes, such as meditation, as therapeutic ways of living with rapid socio-economic change and political turmoil. Mindfulness, or Buddhist sati, is a case in point. Emerging [...]

Oct
09

Next Cafe: What is Community? (Made in Roath Special!)

Community is back! After almost four decades of neo-liberalism and hyper individualism the cost seems to be all around us, at work, in the street, in the lack of care that politicians seem to manifest in their handling of our lives and our safety. From the Grenfell disaster, in almost every aspect of our lives, [...]

Sep
06

Next Cafe: Ethics and the Laws of War

Are there moral rules that govern the conduct of war? We have a body of international humanitarian law concerning armed conflict, such as the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute (which includes war crimes and the crime of aggression). But what is the moral justification of the existence those laws – if there is any [...]

May
09

Next Cafe: Philosophy and Shame

Shame is often viewed as a particularly negative feeling. It might be defined as a feeling compounded of incompetence, indecency, and blame-worthiness, that can lead to self-loathing as well as anger directed inwardly or outwardly. In more extreme cases, it might be experienced as an attack on one’s identity, caused by a sense of inadequacy. [...]

Mar
15

Next Cafe: Should we legalise the deliberate termination of human life?

Debates around what has been called ‘assisted dying’ or ‘therapeutic killing’ are complex and often heated. In this cafe, John Saunders and Andrew Edgar (Philosophy, Cardiff University) introduce an exploration of the key moral issues at the heart of this topic to help facilitate further reflection on whether the legal status quo requires change. Join [...]

Feb
14

Next Cafe: The Martial Arts as Sustainable, Healthy Practices

The “martial arts”, as an inclusive umbrella term, provide a wide variety of styles and systems from around the world that have a diversity of human movement and training methods that can heal or even harm student-practitioners. Despite their popularity in contemporary societies, the essence of many martial arts as potential lifelong, sustainable and health-giving [...]

Jan
12

Next Cafe: How can we reduce health inequalities?

Why does it matter if factors such as gender, class or location make a difference to people’s health over the course of their lives? And if such differences are important, what’s the best way of tackling them? In 2010, Sir Michael Marmot’s report Fair Society, Heathy Lives affirmed that health inequalities prevent children from getting [...]

Jul
15

Next Cafe: What is Humanism?

How does a humanist approach to life, ethics, politics and our place in the universe? How does humanism differ from religious traditions’ ways of answering the ‘big questions’? Join us from 8.00 pm on Tuesday 19 July at The Gate where we’ll be discussing these and other issues with Mike Reynolds from Cardiff Humanist Society

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