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 issues, and sometimes have done. Otherwise I present the issues, 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 - email:

We cover a very varied set of topics – philosophy of science, of politics and of morality and more. Our recent topics have been:  June – Skepticism; July ‘Critical Commonsensism’; August ‘David Hume on Causation’; September – Moral Relativism or Moral Progress; October – Islamic Philosophy; November – the ‘Kalam’ Cosmological Argument

Next Meeting – Tuesday 11th December -The Moral Equality of Combatants

This will be a discussion based on the OU Free Course of the same name (available online from OpenLearn).  The course material says, ‘The moral equality of combatants says that combatants on both sides of a war, regardless of the justice of their cause, are equally permitted to kill each other and equally liable to be killed.’

This is why we do not convict enemy troops of murder just because they have killed some of ours in course of fighting. This is an aspect of the ‘Just War’ tradition, which underlies such as the Geneva Convention. The free course discusses the reasons offered for and against such a stance.

It was agreed that we would each look at/study this course and discuss it at the next meeting. New members could do the same – taking the course is only a matter of reading some 20 online pages and doing a few (unmarked) excersizes – and/or request a summary from me.

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided.