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Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Annual Philosophy Lecture 2025 | Holism | Thomas O. Scarborough

Explore the whole which lies outside of everything we name and define !

Annual Philosophy Lecture 2025 | Holism | Thomas O. Scarborough
Annual Philosophy Lecture 2025 | Holism | Thomas O. Scarborough

Time & Location

20 Mar 2025, 18:00 – 20:00

Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta, Great Siege Road, Floriana FRN 1810, Malta

About the event

The Subject of our Annual Philosophy Lecture

In our 2025 Annual Philosophy Lecture, Thomas O. Scarborough presents a two-part lecture on holism. The first part develops a concept of the whole. The second part considers how this applies to various aspects of our modern existence. Dictionary definitions of the whole tend to focus on wholes which have parts. For instance, an engine is a whole; so is a molecule, or an ecosystem. Each, too, has parts. Yet there is another kind of whole, oft neglected. The whole that Scarborough presents has its roots in the ancients. 

Imagine that a scientist writes a symbol on a blackboard. She calls it “x”, and defines it. Suppose now that everything outside x is unnamed and undefined. Now consider something more complex than x. Say, GMm/r². Everything outside G, M, m, and r is now unnamed and undefined. We may expand on this at will.

The “unnamed and undefined” constitutes a kind of whole which Lao Tzu called the Nameless: “The Nameless is the beginning of the ten thousand things.” There is therefore a Whole which lies outside of everything we name and define. All mathematical formulae, all written texts, and anything by which we name and define things, excludes a vastness of things unnamed and undefined – if indeed we may call them “things”. Now, let us note that we have no control over things unnamed and undefined. This is extremely dangerous – and explains much of our crisis at this juncture in modern history. Yet by understanding the nature of the crisis, we will be in a better position to adapt to it.

The Speaker

Thomas O. Scarborough is a Congregational minister, author, and ex UK philosophy editor. He holds two Master’s degrees in four fields: theology, linguistics, and local and global leadership. He has published in peer-reviewed journals in six fields: philosophy, theology, electronics, gnomonics, organology, and optics. He has published two recent publications Everything, Briefly: A Postmodern Philosophy and This Town: A Complete Metaphysics.  

On Amazon, the books can be found through these links:

https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Briefly-Postmodern-Thomas-Scarborough-ebook/dp/B0B51WQ4GH/

https://www.amazon.com/This-Town-Metaphysics-Thomas-Scarborough/dp/1666783404

They are also available from the publisher Wipf & Stock and details of discounts can be obtained fromthe author's website:

https://www.thomas-scarborough.com/

Thomas lives in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Tickets

  • Members' Ticket

    This ticket option is available only for actively paid members of the Foundation. This ticket includes a free coffee break.

    €6.00
    +€0.15 service fee
  • Non-Members Ticket

    This ticket includes a free coffee break.

    €12.00
    +€0.30 service fee
  • Free Membership + Admission

    This ticket offers a one year free complementary membership in the Philosophy Sharing Foundation whereby you benefit from 50% discounts on all events and a free copy of SHARE when published during active year of subscription. This ticket also includes a free coffee break.

    €25.00
    +€0.63 service fee
  • Students Ticket

    This ticket includes a free coffee break.

    €8.00
    +€0.20 service fee
  • Senior Citizens Ticket

    For holders of KartAnzjan. This ticket includes a free coffee break.

    €8.00
    +€0.20 service fee

Total

€0.00

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