Hackney

Philosophy

Since the Pandemic, the Philosophy group meets over Zoom twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Friday, at their usual time 14:30 to 16:30.

The group operates by reading and discussing books on philosophy including ethics.

Since January 2021, the group has adopted a new book: The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling, 2020. Tony Grayling is probably the UK’s best-known philosopher. His writing is clear and precise.

The philosophy sessions normally run by reading ~10-15 pages of the text as homework and then discussing our understanding via the Zoom meeting (at least for the foreseeable future). Periodically we switch to a moral/ethical topic from other sources to have a change.

Philosophy as a subject involves topics like: What is the nature of knowledge? What exists? and What is existence? What is sound reasoning? What is right and wrong? What is moral? What is thinking and where does it lead? What is consciousness?

These and related questions have engaged philosophers for at least 3000 years, so we are not looking for immediate answers! However, by studying philosophers in a historical context we aim to gain an understanding of the ideas and encourage them to influence our own thinking.

No previous background in philosophy is necessary - our teacher is the text. Tony Grayling’s book is praised for its clarity and scope so this is a great time to explore the subject with the group.

Once we are able to meet again in person, we hope to resume our meetings in the Meeting Room at Clapton Library

Anyone interested in looking at how we and others arrive at the truth is welcome, and everyone is encouraged to contribute. For further details please contact Paul Lister by clicking the link at the top right.

The Philosophy group is on Summer recess and will restart in September.

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