Philosophy Tea - John le Carré: What is the point of spies?

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Regina teatern Trädgårdsgatan 6, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden.
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  • Organiser: Reginateatern i samarbete med Uppsala universitet
  • Contact person: Gisella Bengtsson
  • Phone: 0704250608
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This autumn Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks.

Building on his background in British Intelligence John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was a global success. It has been followed by a series of other best-selling works, many of which have been filmed with prominent directors and actors.

In this Philosophy Tea we focus on the role of the spies, particularly during the Cold War: Do they contribute to war or peace? Do they add to transparency and tension reduction or to conspiracy, deceit, danger and fear ? It seems le Carré seldom provides answers, but such reflections are necessary, not the least as he in 2019 was awarded the Olof Palme Prize for making “an extraordinary contribution” to “freedom, democracy and social justice”.

The sessions are run in English. Tea and scones will be served.

All welcome. 

Tickets: 150 SEK, but students and pensioners get a reduced price.