Bedales welcomes first Philosopher in Residence

Bedales entertained its first ever Philosopher in Residence last week. Professor Keith Ward, Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University spent time speaking to and discussing philosophical questions with students, discussing such diverse topics as the nature and possibility of a utopia, whether computers could think, Kant’s ethics, religious language, the existence of evil, quantum physics and the nature of reality. Many students also took the opportunity to come to speak to him 1:1 about their work, university or studying philosophy. There was also a sixth form conference where students heard about Religion and Science, as well as the relation between mind and body. Professor Ward continued the theme of science in his Philosophy Society talk when he spoke on the subject of “do I have to do what my genes tell me?”, a question about how much freedom we really have given our determined genetic traits. Students have clearly been tremendously inspired. Read more. View photos. Watch Bedales Schools Philosophy video.

By Clare Jarmy, Head of PRE


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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