Philosophical celebrations in Chirnside

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IF you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with the rest of your weekend after you’ve seen William and Kate get hitched, Chirnside has a celebration of its own to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of its world famous son, the philosopher David Hume, in the form of a Philosophy Festival and Enlightenment Evening on Saturday.

The day’s events aim to engage all ages in Britain’s greatest philosopher, his thinking, and Scotland’s Enlightenment – and to show these subjects are anything but dry.

Chirnside’s tercentenary celebrations began on Hume’s birthday on Tuesday, April 26, when a free exhibition, The Life and Times of David Hume 1711-1776, opened between 10am-4pm in the Community Centre, this will run during thesee hours until Saturday when it will open for an extra hour.

Other highlights on Saturday include a performance of ‘Unanswerable Questions’ from pupils at Chirnside Primary School at 11am and keeping with the school theme the winners of the David Hume Essay Prize will be announced at the Community Centre at 4.45pm.

Following that, an Englightenment Evening will run at Paxton House from 7.30-9.30pm, after being opened by East Berwickshire Councillor Michael Cook.

Dr Peter Millican of Hertford College, Oxford, will explain how the Borders shaped Hume’s thinking, while the French Consul General to Scotland, M. Pierre-Alain Coffinier, will illuminate Hume’s impact in France, where he was celebrated as Le Bon David.

And Denise Walton, curator of Paxton House’s James Hutton exhibition and expert for the BBC TV series ‘Men of Rock’, will reveal the life-story and ground-breaking discoveries of this Berwickshire farmer and ‘Father of Geological Science’.