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Philosophy

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFirst Wednesday
Time10.00 (refreshments from 9.30)
FrequencyMonthly
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Liz Kelly & Andrew Knowles

What we do

This is a study-group for interested amateurs, or retired professionals.

Our way of working is to select topics of interest and invite a member (or members) of the group to research the subject and then present with a talk of 20 minutes or so on that subject. The members are then invited to discuss and comment on the topic. As we are all learning to a greater or lesser extent an absence of previous knowledge of a subject is certainly no bar to taking on a presentation!

We encourage contributions from all but equally recognise that some wish just to listen. All views are welcome. Philosophers never expect to end up agreeing on much!

The following books may be useful for newcomers to the subject:

Reports

November 2018

Next meetings - 5 December, 9 January, 6 February and 6 March.

Each meeting we have input from one of our members, followed by small-group discussion and plenary feed-back. Recent topics have included ‘Bearings in Philosophy’ with Darren Harper, ‘Ethics of Abortion’ with Liz Kelly, and ‘Aspects of Hinduism’ with Ravi Chandrasekaran (falling, fortuitously, on Diwali Day and featuring celebratory cake).

On December 6 we look forward to Mike Threlfall leading on ‘What do you mean, ‘Metaphysics’?’; after which our plans include (in no particular order) ‘Women in Philosophy’, ‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’ and ‘What can we tell the Children?’

All U3A members are welcome. If you would like to be included in the regular mailings, please contact Andrew Knowles by email.

August 2018

Next Meetings -  12 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December.

Each meeting we have input from one of our members, followed by small-group discussion and plenary feed-back. Recent topics have included ‘An Introduction to Kierkegaard’, ‘Medical Dilemmas’, ‘Cartesian Scepticism’ and the slightly risky ‘Are Philosophers Fit for Purpose?’.

All of which sounds rather forbidding; but when it comes to the brain, there’s no gain without pain. In September we hope to begin at the beginning with ‘Bearings in Philosophy’ and then tackle, in an order yet to be finalised: the Ethics of Abortion, ‘What do you mean ‘Metaphysics’?’. ‘What did the Greeks ever do for Us?’ and ‘the Philosophy of Hinduism’.

All U3A members are welcome. If you would like to be included in the regular mailings, please contact Andrew Knowles by email.

May 2018

Next meetings - 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July

Our meetings take the form of input from one of our members, followed by small-group discussion and plenary feed-back (‘conclusions’ would be too brave a description). Recent topics have included ‘Does Nature have Rights?’, an introduction to ‘Hermeneutics’ and, for Lent, ‘A Philosopher and the Gospels’.

In coming months we plan to look at current dilemmas in medical ethics, an introduction to Kierkegaard, and John Rawls’ Theory of Justice.

All U3A members are welcome. If you would like to be included in the regular mailings, please contact Andrew Knowles by email.

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