The Annual Debate

Can old philosophy help build our new world?


Prof. Alia Al-Saji (McGill University)

Prof. MM McCabe (King's College London)

Prof. Tom Kasulis (Ohio State University)

Prof.  David Runciman (Cambridge University)

Chair: Ritula Shah (BBC) 


In turbulent times, many are looking for new solutions for our new problems. Is there any benefit still in the wisdom of the ages?


In the age of Me Too and Black Lives Matter, many canonical philosophers are having their reputations reviewed and the historical dominance of white men is becoming increasingly problematic. So can old philosophy be any help in creating a better world? 


This debate was held in November 2020. You can watch it here.


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