We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, from 2pm - 4pm. Our current venue is Leadon Bank Meeting Room.
Literally, Philosophy means “love of wisdom”. For some, philosophy’s goal is a systematic world view and they have indeed provided systematic theories of history, justice, the State and knowledge : we will be discussing all of these areas and more in the coming months.
In this context, I am reminded of the anecdotal story of a university chancellor complaining about the physics department consuming a lot of resources: laboratories, equipment and costly experiments etc. He then went on to point out that, in contrast, mathematicians require pens, paper and dustbins. He then added that philosophers are even more economical as they only use pens and paper. In our group meeting a pen and paper may also be useful for notes.
The meetings proceed with presentations by the more experienced members of the group. This is followed by a discussion focusing on the philosophical issues associated with the preceding presentation.
The subject of our October meeting is G.E. Moore (1873-1958). As an academic philosopher, Moore held a unique position amongst the bohemian Bloomsbury Group, famously consisting mainly of writers and artists. He and Russel were both at Cambridge together and he successfully led the latter away from the Hegelian Idealism prevalent at both Cambridge and Oxford at the end of the 19th century. His major work, Principia Ethica , with its emphasis on the indefinability of good, was extremely influential and regarded as a locus classicus by the Bloomsbury Group.
The future programme is:
November: ..........Existentialism (Jean-Paul Sartre)
December: ..........Existentialism and Feminism (Simone De Beauvoir)
January-March: ....British Philosophy—Ayer, Strawson, Ryle etc (TBC)
April: ..................The Philosophy of Time
There is limited space for new members