The Philosophy Group meets monthly and has a membership of about 25. Normally about 18 people turn up for meetings. The full title of the group is Philosophy, Politics and Economics; or for short PPE. This gives a very wide base for talks, debates and discussions. Our current format is;
1. A volunteer will present a longish paper (4-5 A4 pages) which will take 20-30 minutes to read. It will be on a single topic, philosopher, etc to discuss.
2. A volunteer will pick a subject with a short list of questions arising for everyone to think about before the next meeting. (This will be sent to me in advance and I will e-mail everybody to allow time to prepare a response for discussion.)
3. Everyone invited to bring along a short cutting from a newspaper/magazine; a quotation etc. We choose which to set off an impromptu discussion. Expect to fit in 3 to 4 items.
Topics for discussion over next 4 months are;
What is Evil
Who blew up Nordstream 2?
The health service - time to think the unthinkable
And in the past these are some of the topics we have discussed;
Identity: Loss of
British Values: what are they and how do we view them?
Abelard and Heloise.
Malthus Reinvented For Our Times
The Implications for Journalists of Fake News
Topics in the News
The Madness of Man
“How you can tell right from wrong”
Crime & Punishment
Philosophy on Trial
“Philosophy of War”
The Seventh Stage of Man
Aspects of Liberty