Seminar 2019: Macmurray, Freedom and Populism

Saturday October 12th

“Only where a minority willingly accepts the decision of the majority and acts upon it can we have a democratic government. The idea of trying to run a democratic government by sheer weight of numbers has been found in the history of Europe again and again to be impossible.” (Address to the Indian YMCA, 1929)

To be held at the Sheffield Central Quaker Meeting House
10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW
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Audio recordings of John Macmurray 1965 on Religious Experience
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Click for What Makes an Experience Religious?

This website is dedicated to exploring the work of the 20th century British philosopher John Macmurray.

Macmurray was interested in understanding what it means to be a person. He had a gift for writing with simplicity whilst at the same time offering sharp conceptual analysis. His writing offers us a wholly new perspective on the human condition. His thinking is relevant to the problems we face as a world today.

Macmurray’s highly original work – mostly written in the 30s, 40s and 50s – is little known. His thinking was out of tune with the mood of British philosophy in that period, and the academic community have largely ignored his work. Despite this Macmurray has had a ‘quiet’ influence in fields as varied as psychotherapy, theology and politics.

About Us

The aim of the John Macmurray Fellowship is to make more widely known the writings and philosophy of John Macmurray, and to bring together for study and discussion those interested in his life and work. This is a new website. We welcome comments, ideas and suggestions.

The Fellowship organises conferences and meetings, and produces a regular newsletter. Find out more