Debating philosophy

By Harley Mitford, 6.1
Last Thursday a mildly exuberant, slightly confused, and characteristically-clad clan of Bedalian 6th formers set off for what was to be a very interesting evening of fierce (but friendly) discussions at Ardingly College. Having waited for Worth Abbey to arrive, it was discovered that they couldn‟t join us, leaving us – as the Ardingly Chaplain so deftly put it – “Worthless”. And so the evening played out, with some intense (yet informal) arguments over the subjects of Faith v Reason and the question of whether human minds are programmed like computers. Despite the informal style of argumentation shown by the Bedalian team, we seemed to come out on top on our topic (although not before we all confused ourselves wondering what precisely our argument was after all during discussion). After affable misunderstandings, profound musings, and utterly uproarious – what can only be described as – ‘performances’ by the Ardingly team, the evening was a thoroughly memorable, if not unconventional occasion for all.



Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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