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:  August – What is mathematical truth? and September – Does global warming impose an obligation on individuals to restrict their carbon emissions? November – Kant’s moral philosophy, December – Virtue Ethics, and January – Kant’s Prolegomena

Next Meeting – Tuesday10th March – Utopianism

We all want to make society better and it may be natural to think that ‘better’ means ‘nearer the ideal’ – i.e. nearer to utopia. Afterall if we want to make progress we had better know where we are going.  However some, like Karl Popper and Amartya Sen, have argued against this idea. They argue that we don’t need to know what is best before we can know what is better. Who is right?

(This topic is carried over from February since no one attended that meeting.)

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided.