Philosophy Group meets every 4-5 weeks on Monday afternoons at 2pm
and is open to new
Previous knowledge of the subject is required.
The Group is now almost at capacity, so if anyone is considering
joining be aware there are only a couple of places available.
Each meeting deals with a topic - either a philosopher, a school of
philosophical thought, or an idea viewed from a philosophical
perspective. Meetings take the form of a talk/ presentation, followed
by a focussed discussion.
As an alternative to group members giving presentations, we will be
making use of pre-recorded audio/ visual talks and discussions to form
the basis of some future meetings.
We are also hoping to assemble a body of literature from which members
will be able to borrow should they wish to pursue a particular interest
in more depth, or just for general reading.
on the Meetings
John Ashton talked about
'Justice'. We addressed some of the related issues and spent a
long time covering several aspects of the topic. As this is such
a big subject, we will be returning to it in the near future so we can
hopefully do it justice!!
We welcomed a guest speaker for the first
time. Richard Jones talked to us about Buddhism as a philosophy
He talked to the group about the life of the Buddha and the spread of
Buddhism throughout the rest of the world, including the UK. He
touched on Dukkha, Dhamma and Sangha, before going on to mention The 4
Noble Truths, The 8-fold Path and the importance of 'mindfulness'.
Richard then took questions from the group before leading a short
Samatha Meditation practice by way of demonstration in which most of
the group joined.
The talk was very well attended and generated a great deal of interest
as many people there had not previously encountered the principles of
The Meeting focussed on 'Free Speech'. Everyone had been asked to
prepare something beforehand. As a result of this many different
points of view were aired on many different aspect of the subject.
Several of the points raised came from an angle others had not
considered and this made for a lively and interesting discussion.
The topic was 'The Philosophy of Meaning' which was lead by Diane with
support from the rest of the group and a recording from Philosophy
Bites. Most people, including some new members joined in the
discussion and as this is such a big subject we only managed to scratch
the surface before time ran out. We may return to this in the
We discussed 'What's Wrong With Democracy?'
As with the April meeting people had been asked to prepare some thing
to contribute to the subject. This proved to be a particularly
stimulating meeting with varying opinions on the merits and de-merits
of Democracy and the different types of democracy that exist.
Although the topic was not deliberately chosen for this date, it was an
interesting coincidence that we were discussing it on the 800th
Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta!!