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 writer; 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
, sociologist and social commentator; 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
, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
, 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
"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