Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 1:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Experience and the Spiritual Dimension

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

It is a widely held philosophical belief that all knowledge begins with experience. But experience needs to be interpreted. This lecture argues that there are widespread human experiences of ‘transcendence’, and looks at the arts and at morality as providing examples of this. Such experiences need not involve God explicitly, but they postulate the existence of objective values that put in question a materialist view of reality.

Please note that this replaces the lecture previously arranged to have been delivered by Professor the Lord Plant.

 

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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.

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27 January 2015

Experience and the Spiritual Dimension
Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

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