The philosophy of emotions and the elephant in the room: ‘free will’

The Lit & Phil Philosophy Forum

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This is a past event
Date and time
23 February 2023
7.00 pm
Free to members. Donations from non-members welcome at the event.


What role do emotions play in our lives?  Are they purely subjective and thus beyond the reach of science? Can we control our emotions?  In which case, what is the interplay between emotions and rationality?  And where does ‘free will’ fit into the picture?

Consultant psychiatrist Professor Bob Johnson (a member of the Lit & Phil who has far more letters after his name than in it!) will lead us into this philosophical jungle.  Dare you enter with him?

Our friendly and respectful discussion will be based on a focus paper – The Philosophy of Emotions – written by Bob, and for reading before the event.

Good to know: If you book but find out later that you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket to free up a place for someone else.  Thank you.

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Professor Bob Johnson

Professor Bob Johnson is a consultant psychiatrist (retired) (MRCPsych, MRCGP, MA (Psychol), PhD (med computing), MBCS, DPM, MRCS) and a professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton.

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