Radlett & District

Philosophy

Leader: Christopher Langdon.

Location: Upper room, Vision Hall, Christ Church, Radlett, Watling Street, WD7 7JJ,

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

Availability: limited availability.

Next Meeting Thursday 21 November at 14:00
Vision Hall, Christchurch, Watling Street, Radlett

This month’s subject is Human Rights in the CCTV age and asks the question “To what extent should individuals’ freedom be curtailed for the greater good of society?”

In this day of greater surveillance by CCTV, monitoring of social media and our use of the Internet, should we be concerned about our privacy? The police rely heavily on CCTV evidence to find and prosecute criminals so why should we worry about it? If you have done nothing wrong, should you be worried?

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.

All our meetings are at the Vision Church Hall, Christ Church, Watling Street, WD7 7JJ on the third Thursday of the month. They start at 14:00 and end at 16:00. This has proved to be a popular venue with excellent parking, and a pleasant and comfortable room for our 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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