Scholars’ Philosophy Symposium

The boys from 8EHL and 8SEW were recently treated to philosophy discussions lead by Wellington College Philosophy and Religion HoD Tom Kirby and Dr James Tapely.   In both sessions the boys were given various hypothetical scenarios to tease out moral issues.  Dr Tapely used the famous ‘runaway street car’ scenario to tease out principles of utilitarianism, deontology and virtue-based relativism, while Mr Kirby used the philosophical proof of the ship of Theseus.

By the end of the nearly two hours, the boys were intellectually spent, but much the better for it!  If ever a street car is barrelling down a hill, the boys from 8SEW and EHL have an answer of what to do if the brakes fail!