Radlett & District

Philosophy Discussion

Leader: Christopher Langdon.

Day and time: third Thursday of the month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We had our first face to face meeting in April in our usual venue of the Vision Hall. It was great to be back and 11 of us enjoyed our discussion on Free Will.

Here is the outline programme for the rest of the year.
21st July The Mind/Body problem
August No meeting
15th September Should euthanasia be legalised in the UK?
20th October How should we allocate resources to the NHS?
17th November What is the appropriate trade-off between free speech and censorship?
15th December What is reality? Is there a connection between Socrates Cave and parenting?

This is the seventh year of running this group. How time flies! It was on the 20th of September 2012 that 7 of us met at my house for the first meeting of our group, when we discussed the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” It set the tone and format for 7 years of interesting meetings.

Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge of Philosophy is required. All we ask is an open mind and the desire to learn by discussion. Our meetings are safe places and no one is under any form of pressure to answer anything they feel uncomfortable with, and anything that is said should be considered to be confidential.

At the start of each group meeting the facilitator, Christopher Langdon, often reminds the group that the group is intended to stretch our minds and encourage critical thinking. There are no silly questions (to encourage people to ask when they do not understand), and the answers can sometimes raise more questions, rather than provide straight answers. Everyone is encouraged to give each other space and respect.

Philosophy is suggested to be a questioning of accepted beliefs, between science and religion.
Following the leader's instructions, many silly questions are asked and there is a fair amount of laughter. However some sensitive areas are covered and those present are careful to listen to each other’s experiences and opinions with respect.

The group never gets to a definitive answer, but it gives the group plenty to think about, broadens everyone's perspective on life and provides an enjoyable afternoon.

The majority of our topics come from “The Philosopher’s Book of Questions and Answers” by D E Wittkower, PhD, published by Adams Media. For those who would like a copy, here is the link to the book:- Philosophers Book of Questions.

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