Date(s) - Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
We investigate excess this week.
This group will operate on the assumption that members enter the group with no prior knowledge of philosophy. The group will on the other hand assume we are all engrossed in understanding our lives and our place in the grand scheme of things. Major concepts will be dealt with in ways that allow knowledge to be acquired over many weeks. Indeed, the mere acquisition of book knowledge, it will become clear, is only one of the objects of the group. Rather, members will become aware that listening is a key philosophical faculty and that occasional thought-through comments have special power to move the group on. Members are encouraged to engage with others in a convivial atmosphere at a level they feel comfortable with. Existing members are however welcome to join the group to refresh their knowledge of the main trends, ideas and watersheds. We will look at the key concepts, methods and practises that form the bedrock of philosophy, from the Homeric myths to the beginnings of speculative thought, coming down to existentialist thinkers.