This authentic docu-drama tells the Adam Smith Story to present his lost legacy so urgently needed for us and our world today. Along the way we meet his mother, his headmaster, the Duke of Buccleugh,... More > Ben Franklin and above all we are inspired by his friendship with David Hume
Through the Scottish Radical Enlightenment his views on religion and politics offer a critique of militant xenophobic fundamentalist terrorism/crusades and militant/greedy ultra-nationalistic tyrants. How are Wisdom – Justice – Compassion – Integrity (the four words on the Scottish Parliament’s mace) proclaimed by this Professor of Moral Philosophy who became the Father of Modern Economics? Through role-play these four words are examined and can become emblazoned on your mind, heart and will as they have been with others struggling with the consequences of the alternatives: Ignorance – Exploitation – Insensitivity – Hypocrisy.
Who am I? Is my life largely unexamined? What are wisdom and virtue?What is the relationship of these questions to myself as an individual and as a participant in community?The play takes two themes,... More > that of Socrates’ personal life and that of his legacy. Socrates’ life is a response to the being of his vision characterised in the play as Lady Justice. The culmination of Socrates’ life is his death and through this we are enabled to see his legacy which is the interrogative method. This gives the freedom to create informed answers to our own questions and to that of our time.
Throughout the play a commentator highlights the relevance of the Socratic method to the modern world while proposing his critical philosophy is needed even more now than during his lifetime.
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What am I?
Why am I?
What beings surround me?
From whom and for whom do I have influence?
What do I believe I can know for certain?
These are the questions David Hume asked himself before he began... More > writing. And these are questions we can find answers to on our own and with others in this docu-drama on his life and teachings.
We experience his struggle to establish his position in terms of ideas which were being contested in his time. Although in one sense a member of the Establishment, we see the creative tensions in his relationship with it. We meet a number of people influential in the political, philosophical and religious discussions of his time and make the connections with the really important issues of our own time. Our own struggle for truth and meaning that is eternal is reflected here.For further information about the docu-dramas performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe please visit www.livingphilosophy.org.uk.< Less
“The greatest happiness for the greatest number.” It seems self evident, but actually it took the genius of Jeremy Bentham to put it into words. In this docu-drama, we can enter into the... More > roles of those who helped Bentham to find answers to important questions in all our lives, and so find answers for ourselves.We meet key people in Bentham’s life, and through this discover what concerned him, and how he achieved an integrated understanding. Finally, in an epilogue, we meet several historic people and then our own contemporaries. All of them give examples of his deep influence on our own lives. We are reminded not only about how Bentham lives through institutions like the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, but also through ideas like multiculturalism and resolving dispute through negotiation rather than force.For further information about the docu-dramas performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe please visit www.livingphilosophy.org.uk.< Less