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: 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, and April – Testimony.

Next Meeting – Tuesday 14th May – Rationality

How is it possible for physical organisms, such as ourselves, to have rationality, to be able to act on reasons and evaluate evidence and argument? Perhaps it could be argued that we can never have good reasons to believe we are just physical organisms, because if we were our  belief would just have been caused – and the fact that one has been caused to believe something doesn’t show that there is any good reason to think it true.  We will consider this puzzle and at a couple of philosophers’ suggestions of ways out.

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided – although this topic could run for more than one meeting – at the group’s discretion.