This lecture was delivered at the Queens Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College on 8th May 2003. Subsequent to the lecture, a dinner/discussion was held at St Edmunds College, Cambridge. Transcripts of both the lecture and the discussion can be viewed in html by following the links below or pdf files can be downloaded.

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The Religious Roots of Science

Science and Materialism

Dualism and the Supernatural

The Challenge of 'Intelligent Design’



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Brief Biography

Roger Trigg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is the author of numerous books, including ‘Rationality and Science’ (Blackwell, 1993); ‘Rationality and Religion’ (Blackwell, 1998); ‘Ideas of Human Nature’ (2nd edition, Blackwell 1999); and ‘Understanding Social Science’ (Blackwell 2nd edn, 2001). His most recent book is ‘Philosophy Matters’ (Blackwell, 2002). He was the Stanton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge in 1997. Professor Trigg is a past President of the Mind Association and was Founding President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. He is also currently Chairman of the British Philosophical Association.

Copyright 2004 Roger Trigg and the University of Cambridge