Shrewsbury

Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy for Beginners, or Basic Philosophy

The new basic philosophy group has had two very enjoyable meetings so far at 2pm on the third Tuesday of the month at my house We have 11 members at the moment and I can accommodate one more.

We have decided to begin at a very basic level where we accept that we are all amateur philosophers without realising it. Up to now we have chosen a topic and each in turn gives their own thoughts on it. This naturally brings about a diversity of ideas and we find that they can sometimes be modified after listening to the various 'takes' on the topic. Then each member, at a very elementary level, reads up and talks about the principal ideas on the subject by two or three major philosophers. A further discussion ensues, which broadens our thoughts. The idea is not to feel swamped with complicated, sophisticated ideas until we become more comfortable with the subject and learn to take our biased, emotional spectacles off. A gradual revelation in other words.

Then we have chosen to work through a book by Mel Thompson entitled 'Teach Yourself Philosophy'. We shall later discuss which path to take, a systematic study of the main philosophical ideas through the ages, starting with Socrates, or a study of the main conflicting, philosophical ideas in more depth. In other words a 6th former’s (!!) preparation for a university degree.

At every meeting someone different takes the chair (if they wish). No one is constrained to speak. If you just want to listen, that's fine.

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