Professor Honderich took part in a panel discussion on terrorism and war at the 2011
thinking-persons festival in Hay-on-Wye, that second festival, the one for philosophy and music. Called
How The Light Gets In, it is the invention of Hilary Lawson and a further contribution of some of the
Lawson family to the civilizing not only of the Welsh but also the English. The other participants in
the panel discussion on terrorism and war were Yvonne Ridley, the English journalist of the Left who
at least honourably and bravely converted to Islam after her experience of the Taliban in Afghanistan,
and who has since become a Respect Party politician, and Mark Littlewood, former Head of Media
for the Liberal Democrat Party and now director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs. The
chairman was Rana Mitter, Oxford professor of the history and politics of modern China. Here below
is a sketch of Ted Honderich’s intended remarks, very many of which could not be uttered on the occasion.
More was said by him on another subject in the festival, in the lecture Being Conscious—From
Metaphors to Theory.
|Keywords:||Philosophy, Terrorism, Politics|
Grote Professor Emeritus, University College London, Bath, UK
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