Meeting on 2nd Tuesdays at 2.00 pm
Co-ordinator: Graham Dench 07751 107720/01743 353543
The Group started around the beginning of 2013 and I joined towards the end of that year. None of us has any academic expertise in philosophy; we are very much a self-help group. We use 'Western Philosophy: An Anthology' edited by John Cottingham as the starting point for our discussions. One member will propose a text from the Anthology, usually with a linked, sometimes topical, question at the end of one meeting. The group then read the text and any other related material they can find (the Internet is a wonderful resource) for the next meeting.
Our discussion at the meeting is based on the text that we've all read, what it means (if we understand!)and what the author is saying about the subject, together with discussion of any other relevant material that we've found on the Internet or elsewhere. The discussion usually broadens out into other related issues, the relevance of the subject to other issues and other tangential points. We discuss the different approaches to see if we can reach our own conclusions.
Recently we've covered areas as diverse as existentialism, morality, ethics, political obligation, free will, scientific progress and common sense, all discussed in a robust but informal way, with plenty of good natured and thoughtful debate.
There are now 12 in the Group which is about the maximum that will allow us to have meaningful discussion.