Battle of Ideas 2008 1 & 2 November, Royal College of Art, London
The Battle of Ideas 2008 was a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.
, finance and economics journalist; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress
and Cowardly Capitalism
, professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Warwick; chair, Neuroscience Research Partnership, Singapore; chair, general advisory committee on science, Food Standards Agency
, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times
; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly
Frank Field, MP
, Labour MP for Birkenhead; co-chair, Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration; author, Neighbours from Hell: The Politics of Behaviour
, Associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance
and Authority: a sociological history
, professor of English, University of Chicago; author Affective Communities: anticolonial thought, fin-de-siècle radicalism, and the politics of friendship
; founding co-editor, Postcolonial Studies
, author, The Age of American Unreason
; programme director, Centre for Inquiry - NYC; fellow, Centre for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library.
, chief foreign commentator, The Times
; author In Defence of America
, writer and broadcaster; author, From Fatwa to Jihad
and The Quest for the Moral Compass
"For one weekend in the year, in the centre of London, it's as if ideas matter, it's as if the world really can be made a better place through the free and energetic exercise of reason."
Austen Ivereigh, Catholic commentator