Our philosophy group meet once a fortnight, typically on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm - 4pm. We originally held our meetings in Harbour House. In late 2018, Sue said our group has been in flux and as a result it has become less formal. We decided to hold our meetings at a member's house every 2 weeks when possible.
Now, in March 2019, Sue has retired as Coordinator and handed over to Fran.
We usually have around 8-10 people in the group, making for great discussion and discourse. The evidence for that can be seen by clicking on the link to our Philosophy Reports page on the right here.
Owing to limited accommodation, the group is currently full.
Our discussions are wide-ranging, great fun, good humoured and respectful of other views around the table. We very rarely come up with a slick, all-encompassing answer, and often go away with more questions to ponder on, but it is nevertheless a good way to spend an afternoon! We have latterly been sharing the load a bit and taking turns in leading a session. This may sound onerous, but actually it is simply a matter of kicking off the subject and the discussion then takes on a momentum of its own.
We started by basing our sessions on a book by Simon Blackburn, entitled 'The Big Questions - Philosophy' and in May 2016 we decided to add another book to our stock: 'The Pig that Wants to be Eaten (and 99 other thought experiments)' by Julian Baggini. In 2017 we looked at the work of Epicurus, and to that end I had two books to recommend. The first was 'Travels with Epicurus, meditations from a Greek island on the Pleasures of Old Age' by Daniel Klein (an American modern day philosopher). It served as a good background to the main book which was 'Epicurus – The Art of Happiness', with a foreword by Daniel Klein. This volume included all of Epicurus’s extant writings alongside parallel passages from Lucretius, the greatest exponent of Epicurean philosophy, and some lucid introductory essays about same. In 2018 we have moved to 'Driving with Plato' by Robert Rowland Smith.
On 3rd July 2018 we agreed that this term we would work from the book 'Philosophy the basics'.
Contact Fran on 856271 or click Philosophy to email her.
Anne said "I am attaching a document that was sent to me by the national Philosophy advisor, which may be of some use in planning for this year" (see link 'Starting a Philosophy Group' above right). It is slightly patronising in style but has some good suggestions. I have another document with reports from other groups around the country which has a lot of good ideas (see 'Reports from the Regions').
For your interest, Anne says, I have found a couple of links about philosophy in general, one is a list of good introductory books to the subject and the other is a forum with answers to the question of how to begin to study/understand philosophical ideas:
Best Philosophy Introductions