Thursday, 27 March 2008, 12:00AM

Materialism and its Discontents

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

Religion and Philosophy The problem of verification and the nature of religious language. The problem of consciousness, and the unexpected revival of Platonism in mathematical physics. Is consciousness an illusion? Or is matter a myth? Is God philosophically respectable again?

speaker_3keithward.jpg.crop_display.jpg

Professor Keith Ward was the Gresham Professor of Divinity between 2004 and 2008.  He has a BA from the University of Wales, an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MA and B Litt from the University of Oxford, a DD from Cambridge and a DD from Oxford.

He has held Lecturer posts in Logic at the University of Glasgow, Philosophy at St Andrew's, Philosophy of Religion at King's College London. He was Fellow, Dean and Director of Studies in Philosophy and in Theology at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he was also Lecturer in Divinity. He was the F D Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London, where he was also Professor and Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Religion.

Professor Ward is an ordained priest in the Church of England and was until 2003 Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam, is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and of the University of Wales. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the editorial boards of Religions Studies, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue, and World Faiths Encounter. He has been a Visiting Professor at Drake University, Iowa, at Claremont Graduate School, California and at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also holds the Regius Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford for over a decade.  Professor Ward has delivered numerous prestigious public lectures and is the author of many books.

Professor Ward succeeded Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson and was succeeded by Professor the Lord Harries of Pentregarth.
All of Professor Ward's previous lectures may be accessed here.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

27 March 2008

Materialism and its Discontents
Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

Does Science Rob Nature of its Mystery and Beauty?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Does Faith Make Sense of Things?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Is Reality Limited to what Science can Uncover?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Respecting and Transcending Nature

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Is Humanity Naturally Good?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Is Matter Evil?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Why God won’t go away?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

What Would Jesus Do? Christian Culture Wars in the Modern West

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Religion, Morality and Meaning: How do we know what’s right to do?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The World's Local Religion

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Darwin, Evolution and God: The Present Debates

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Mathematics of Evolutionary Biology - Implications for Ethics, Teleology and 'Natural Theology'

Professor Sarah Coakley
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Forms of Religious Thought

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Religion and Experience: A Philosophical Exploration - Personal Knowledge

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Idealist View of Reality

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Experience and the Spiritual Dimension

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Death Control: The Last Taboo? - Part Two 'Religious Perspectives on Euthanasia' and 'Can Philosophy Calm Anxieties?'

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 9 December 2009 - 12:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Misusing Darwin: The Materialist Conspiracy in Evolutionary Biology

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 4 February 2009 - 12:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Birth of Anti-abortionism as a Religious Issue in America

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:40PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Religious Left in America: Invisible, or Non-existent?

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:35PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

‘Don’t Get Your Weapons…’: The Key Moment in Martin Luther King’s Life

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:30PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

‘A Religionless Christianity’: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Christianity without Religion

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:25PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

‘In God We Trust’: The Christianisation of America after World War II

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:20PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Discovering Evil: The Moral Shock of Concentration Camps for American Soldiers

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 1:15PM