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Stephen Cave and Havi Carel - Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization

Tuesday 29th May 2012 6pm - 7pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

Stephen Cave's book Immortality shows how the quest to live forever has driven the development of human civilisation, and how that quest is now coming to a climax through modern science. He argues that humans are hardwired to pursue eternal life - and that the way they have done so has stayed remarkably consistent through the ages. Unlike most books on this hugely popular subject, Immortality does not argue from a particular religious viewpoint. It shows general readers how the latest research in fields from anti-aging to neuroscience is providing new answers to life's most important question. Stephen Cave is in discussion with philosophy writer Julian Baggini and Havi Carel, author of Illness.Stephen Cave

Before dedicating himself to writing, Stephen Cave (right) worked for the British Foreign Office, negotiating international treaties on behalf of Her Majesty. Stephen has since written well-received essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights. His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Financial Times. Immortality is his first book. Visit his website at www.stephencave.com.

Dr Havi Carel joined UWE as a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in November 2005. She previously taught at the University of York and at the Australian National University. Her current research interests are philosophy of medicine, phenomenology, the metaphysics of death, and film and philosophy. She is the author of Illness and Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger, and co-editor of What Philosophy Is: Contemporary Philosophy in Action.

This Festival of Ideas event is part of a regular series of live discussions with Julian Baggini recorded at Foyles for the microphilsophy podcast series.

Venue: Upstairs at Foyles, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU

Tickets: Free but prebooking is essential. To reserve a place go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3248003867. Please note that you will need to print out your ticket and present this on the door to gain entry.

 

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