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) - (see below for access)
2nd Tuesday of the month
2.00 - 4.00 pm
  • Leader: Tim Miles - 01704 880597
Access: Accessto the computer room is either through the main hall (where there may be another group) or 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 an iron grid 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:   January – Marx; February – Schrodinger’s Cat and Anti-Realism in Science; April – Testimony; May – Rationality,  and July – Plato and Popper on Democracy, and August – What is mathematical truth?

Next Meeting – Tuesday 10th September – Does global warming impose an obligation on individuals to restrict their carbon emissions?

A US philosopher, Sinnott-Armstrong, argued in a paper of 2005 that, even assuming global warming is real, man-made and potentially disastrous, this affords no obligation upon any individual to limit their carbon emissions. We will discuss his arguments and conclusion. Note that this is not a discussion about whether global warming is real, man-made and potentially disastrous; that is not a philosophical question. The philosophical question is about the moral consequences of that assumption. (The paper itself, ‘It’s Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligations’, is accessible on the web. If your interested, google Sinnott-Armstrong, go to his Home Page, select Papers – down the left-hand side and not very obvious! – and scroll down to the year 2005. This paper is the only one listed for that year.)

Topics for further meetings have yet to be decided.