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Religion, Society and the Science of Life. 2017 IRC Conference

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IRC Conference
Dates of Event
19th July 2017 – 22nd July 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
14th July 2017

“There will never be a Newton for the blade of grass,” Kant wrote in 1784, a quarter-century before the birth of Charles Darwin, and less than a half-century before the first synthesis of an organic compound in a laboratory.

Life is an object of science, but an object like no other, presenting an unparalleled field of complexity and intricacy. A single cell contains an entire world. Biology is changing, with increasing recognition of how context influences even the most basic processes. This is why the science of life is distinctive among the sciences using history, narrative, and teleological explanations. All of this sets up fascinating resonances with the humanities. Can a convergence between the humanities and biology—from Darwin and Lamarck to holism and epigenetics—shed light on human societies, narratives, and religions?

This interdisciplinary conference (a joint venture between the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and the International Society for Science and Religion) will explore the implications of the life sciences for religion, values, morality, education, and meaning.

Course fee: 
Standard - £130
Student - £95
Registration includes lunch, teas and coffees each day.

Please see 'More Info' tab for details of plenary speakers and conference timetable.

Booking options: There are two additional options available when you register:

1. Book a room at St Anne's College, Oxford, for the nights of Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July inclusive. This option includes breakfast & dinner.

2. Purchase individual dinners only, without accommodation (note that all lunches are included in the registration fee).

There are a limited number of rooms at St Anne's College available on Tuesday 18.