PEOPLE

  • Dr Ian Ground

    Teaching Fellow in Fine Art

    Newcastle University

    Over the last thirty years Ian has taught philosophy at a number of institutions including Newcastle, Durham, the Open University, Edinburgh and Sunderland University.  A specialist in making philosophical ideas accessible to the wider public, and in enabling people to think critically about current ideas and trends, he has been an innovator in the sectors of adult education and lifelong learning. Ian has won awards for Teaching Innovation and the UK’s National Award in Lifelong Learning. He has published in the philosophy of mind, especially our understanding of animal minds, in the philosophy of art, and on the thought and life of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. His books include ‘Art or Bunk?’, ‘Can We Understand Animal Minds?’, and ‘Portraits of Wittgenstein’, a comprehensive collection of memoirs. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University and Vice-President of the British Wittgenstein Society. In 2016 he himself debated if lifespans are long enough at Intelligence Squared in New York.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2016/17

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2016/17

DEBATE: Artificial Intelligence

Qualifying Round: Gateshead 2015/16

DEBATE: The BBC

Qualifying Round: Gateshead 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2014/15

DEBATE: Role models

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2014/15

DEBATE: Libraries

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2013/14

DEBATE: Social media

Regional Final: North East 2012/13

DEBATE: Clinical Trials

Regional Final: North East 2012/13

DEBATE: European Union

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2012/13

DEBATE: Free speech

Qualifying Round: Newcastle 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre



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