Simone Weil

In 1942 Simone Weil, a young woman in her early thirties in exile in England, was asked to write a report on how her native France could overcome the humiliation of defeat and occupation by Germany. Published posthumously as "The Need for Roots" her work considers, alongside many other topics, the individual's place in society,… Continue reading Simone Weil

Misunderstanding the Medieval Mind

The medieval world has been characterised as the Dark Ages, a misconception that remains current today. One example that comes to mind is the television presenter and historian who on describing the fall of Constantinople, said that the siege was of little concern to the monks of St.Sophia who would be spending their time debating… Continue reading Misunderstanding the Medieval Mind

Communities of Enquiry

Why is discussion of Communities of Enquiry relevant? Clearly specified as such on the PIPs website. So perhaps we should try to know more about these ideas and practices? A very cursory online survey for “Community of Enquiry” brings up “do you mean …. Inquiry?” Examples of the content of Inquiry results in these… Continue reading Communities of Enquiry

Report on Funds of Knowledge Conference

The original development of the Funds of Knowledge concept was to recognise that life experiences provide funds of knowledge which can be used by educators to develop children’s well-being in the setting of schools. Such practices aimed to challenge in particular the “deficit” or lack of knowledge of those children coming from their families’ disadvantaged… Continue reading Report on Funds of Knowledge Conference

Philosophy in Public Spaces – topics for next year.

Here are Philosophy in Public Spaces (Grimsby) topics for next year What is a philosophical question?Does Human Nature exist?What is truth?Who is to blame?Are the interests of humanity always the most important interests?What is trust?What is the role of violence in our current society?What is nihilism?Free willWhat justifies authority?Is there such a thing as madness?Festive… Continue reading Philosophy in Public Spaces – topics for next year.

CHANGING YOUR MIND. HOW DO WE COME TO CHANGE OUR MIND? When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy.When God changes your mind, that's faith.When facts change your mind, that's science. Yes, if facts change our mind, that's science. But when ideas change our minds, we see those facts afresh, and that's history, culture, science, and philosophy all… Continue reading CHANGING YOUR MIND.