Forum for European Philosophy public lecture at the LSE:
Is it possible to remain a committed atheist but nevertheless benefit from the wisdom of religion? Marking the publication of his new book Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton proposes that we look to religions for insights into how we might live in and arrange our societies.
Imran Khan is one of the leading human rights and criminal lawyers in Europe. His career began representing Stephen Lawrence, the British teenager stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack in 1993, and his work on the case led to the establishment of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry, which in 1999 highlighted serious flaws in the police's handling of the case and declared the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist.
In the midst of the ongoing conflict in the in the Holy Land, Neve Shalom-Wahat Salam stands as a wonderful exception and a beacon of hope. It was set up in the 1970’s by a priest who brought together twenty families representing all the three faiths, to live together in harmony. The village is now an Israeli municipality inhabited by over fifty families (with over 300 on the waiting list) who live as equals, educate their children together, decide the fate of their community as a collective and act as a symbol for peace.