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 the Leader presents the topic but with lots of room for group discussion. Topics are agreed by the group.

Scout & Guide HQ (Small Meeting Room - see below for access)
2nd Tuesday of the month
2.00 - 4.00 pm
  • Leader: Tim Miles - 01704 880597

Access to the Small Meeting Room is either through the main hall ie the Ormskirk Room (where there may be another group) 0r by the rear door. From the car park, walk past the main door. The rear door is just round the corner, facing the same way as the main door. It is normally behind a steel shutter which I will raise for the meeting.

We cover a very varied set of topics – philosophy of science, of politics and of morality and more. Our recent topics have been:  May – Rationality,  and July – Plato and Popper on Democracy; August – What is mathematical truth? and September – Does global warming impose an obligation on individuals to restrict their carbon emissions? and November – Kant’s moral philosophy

Next Meeting – Tuesday 10th December – Virtue Ethics

This is the idea that the development of virtue rather following rules is what is (or should be) primary in morality; that the virtuous life constitues and promotes human flourishing and is the best life, both for society and the individual. This was first proposed by Aristotle but was revived by various philosophers from the mid C20th and is now one of the three main ethical philosophies, along side utilitarianism and versons of Kant.

Tuesday 14th January – Kant’s Prologomena.

This is kant’s own sort of summary of his Critique of Pure Reason, where he sets out and defends a style of metaphysics. Very crudely Kant argues that some a priori knowledge (not resting in experience) is necessary if we are to derive any knowledge from experience, and that total scepticism is self-refuting in that it undercuts its own conditions (that there is an I who is in doubt).  It was suggested that I might be able to make the Prologomena clearer! I am working on it!

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided.