Scruton Lecture: The Diversity Myth - Peter Thiel (In Conversation with John Gray)

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Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was one of the most distinguished polymaths of modern times. His work ranged over philosophy, music and aesthetics to politics, religion and law. This annual series of free public lectures will honour his legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics of civilisational importance.

Peter Thiel is a world-renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He co-founded PayPal, Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund. He was the first outside investor in Facebook and an early investor in SpaceX and Airbnb. Through the Thiel Foundation, he supports research and innovation across a wide range of fields including technology, entrepreneurship and the philosophy of René Girard. He teaches at Stanford University and is the bestselling author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future (Crown, 2014). 

John Gray is a globally-esteemed philosopher, political theorist and intellectual historian. He has an asteroid named after him and until 2008 he was School Professor of European Thought at the LSE. He now writes principally for the New Statesman and has authored over twenty books including the bestselling Seven Types of Atheism, Straw Dogs, Black Mass, The Soul of the Marionette, The Silence of Animals and Feline Philosophy. His latest book, recently published by Penguin in September 2023, is The New Leviathans: Thoughts After Liberalism.

Ticket Information

Free to attend however registration needed in advance!


Additional Information

All ages welcome

Doors will open from 16:30

Running time: 17:00-18:30

No interval

No latecomers permitted