Peter Singer lecture

On Wednesday the 8th of June our philosophy class went to London to attend Peter Singer’s lecture on Famine, Affluence and Morality. We arrived at the New College of Humanities and were welcomed as if we were important philosophers ourselves. No detail was forgotten- we came away with bags of presents, including monogrammed sweets and stress balls (useful for the IB.) The lecture itself was fascinating- Singer’s drive for helping charities was infectious and opened lots of points for discussion.

For me, the most intriguing things were the tiny snippets of academic life. At one point Professor Grayling turned to Singer’s translator and slipped into fluent Chinese.

“I’m so sorry,” he kept saying, “My Mandarin is rather rusty.”

After the lecture we could ask questions, so I did. It was intense, but worth the effort as Singer’s reply was very thought-provoking. We stayed behind to meet him, and Tom ensured that Singer did not...become complacent. This was an unforgettable experience.

Afterwards, the college provided extravagant refreshments, and one of the students even came up to meet me. Like everyone else she was so friendly and made NCH seem like a wonderful place to study. Overall, it was a great evening that really made me feel part of the wider philosophical community.

Article written by Pippa (Year 12)