Philip Goff – Why? The Purpose of the Universe

Tickets £11/£9


Philip Goff is best known for defending panpsychism, the view that consciousness pervades the universe and is a fundamental feature of it. On the ‘big questions’ of meaning and purpose, Western thought has been dominated by the dichotomy of traditional religion and secularism. Goff believes that it is time to move on from both God and atheism. Through an exploration of contemporary cosmology and cutting-edge philosophical research on consciousness, Goff argues for cosmic purpose: the idea that the universe is directed towards certain goals, laying the foundations for a new paradigm of philosophical enquiry into the middle ground between God and atheism.

Chaired by Gerry Foley





‘Philip Goff explains that ‘purpose’ is not some emotional human need with little ultimate importance, but a quality that seems to be built into the very nature of things. It’s nothing less than thrilling to follow his argument, and to regain that sense of connectedness that’s so important not just to our well-being, but to our very survival.’ – Philip Pullman


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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