Philosophy

This is a small friendly group ~ only five or six members currently – so new members would be especially welcome. No previous knowledge of philo­sophy is assumed. Group members are always welcome to present topics and sometimes have done. Otherwise I present the topic but with lots of room for group discussion. Topics are agreed by the group.

Scout & Guide HQ (Computer Room)
2nd Tuesday of the month
2.00 - 4.00 pm
  • Leader: Tim Miles - 01704 880597

We cover a very varied set of topics – philosophy of science, of politics and of morality and more. Our recent topics have been: September – Moral Relativism or Moral Progress; October – Islamic Philosophy; November – the ‘Kalam’ Cosmological Argument; December – the Moral Equality of Combatants (based on an OU OpenLearn course); January – Marx; February – Schrodinger’s Cat and Anti-Realism in Science

Next Meeting – Tuesday 9th April –  Testimony

In philosophy ‘testimony’ just means whatever we are told by others – by world of mouth or in writing. Much of what we know seems to be based on such testimony – e.g. of historical facts or of our own date of birth. But we know that some of what we are told or read is not true, even when it purports to be so. So how can we rely on testimony for some knowledge? How can we tell what testimony to rely on? (This topic was originally agreed for March, but since only one member came to that meeting it was agreed to cancel and carry over the topic.)

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided.