Author Archives: Ralph Weir
About Ralph Weir
Ralph Weir is a Visiting Lecturer in philosophy at The University of Buckingham, and lectures in aesthetics at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has also taught epistemology, ancient philosophy, and ancient Greek language, and has contributed to conferences and workshops in the UK, USA, and Europe. These include plenary talks for the ‘Science and Personal Action’ conference, MIT, 2015, and the First International Philosophical Dialogue, «EAST-WEST», Skopje, 2015.
He holds a BPhil in Philosophy and an MSt in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Reading. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge concerns the philosophy of mind and is funded by an AHRC scholarship. In addition to his work for the Dalai Lama Centre, he is co-founder of the Humane Philosophy Project, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Warsaw organising high profile conferences, seminars, and accredited philosophy courses.
Last week, in the Elizabethan splendour of the Great Chamber of London’s Charterhouse, an evening reception hosted by world-renowned actress and activist Joanna Lumley marked the launch of the DLCC’s major fundraising programme. The event also marked the launch of its Compassion Matters programme, in partnership with the Dragon School, … Continue reading
On 3rd-8th April 2017 DLCC Fellow Dr. Dr. Benedikt Göcke has organised a wide ranging conference on the theme of transhumanism. This event will also feature a talk by DLCC Fellow Ralph Weir. Transhumanism is the thesis that we should deploy the means provided by the sciences to change human nature and … Continue reading
The DLCC’s Compassion for Schools project announced here is progressing fast with several classes already in development. Further information about the initiative is provided below. The purpose of the Compassion for Schools project is to introduce secular ethics into primary and secondary education in the UK and beyond. Today’s world … Continue reading
Reflections on Professor Paul Lodge’s Michaelmas 2016 seminars on the Dalai Lama’s Ethics In Michaelmas term 2016, the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion (DLCC) sponsored a public seminar series led by DLCC Fellow Professor Paul Lodge, based on the Dalai Lama’s 1999 book, Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for a New … Continue reading
We are very pleased to announce a new and exciting project, Compassion for Schools. We are further delighted to announce that the project will be developed during the coming year in partnership with the renowned Dragon School in Oxford. Regular readers will recall that during August 2016, the Director of … Continue reading
Death of DLCC Fellow, Derek Parfit DLCC Fellow and Emeritus Professor of All Souls College, University of Oxford, Derek Parfit died on 1st January 2017. Professor Parfit was an immensely influential ethicist whose groundbreaking work served to define several ongoing discussions. His 1984 book, Reasons and Persons advanced challenging arguments … Continue reading
This Hilary Term the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion will be offering a series of lectures introducing Buddhist ethics. The series will be delivered by Dr Dechen Rochard, Fellow of the DLCC. It will take place from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesdays at Seminar Room East, Mansfield College with the first meeting taking place … Continue reading
On 16th January 2017 DLCC Fellow, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen will deliver a talk entitled ‘Zero Degrees of Empathy’ on the psychology of empathy. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford from 1:30pm-3:00pm. A sandwich lunch will be … Continue reading
Reflections Professor Kenneth Stikkers’ October 28th lectures for the DLCC On Friday 28th of October I had the pleasure of hearing Professor Kenneth Stikkers speak on the philosophy of economics for the DLCC. Both of Professor Stikkers’ talks focussed on the question whether, contrary to classical economic theory, personal virtue has … Continue reading
On Friday 2nd December, the poet Lemn Sissay will deliver the 6th annual lecture of The Forgiveness Project on the topic The Quality of Mercy. The Forgiveness Project, an organisation founded by DLCC Fellow Marina Cantacuzino uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage … Continue reading