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
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
Edward de Bono asks: ‘What is the process of changing concepts as opposed to establishing them?’ He first develops the concept of The Mind as a Special Memory Surface, a passive self-organising system on which patterns are established and reinforced. Thinking consists of flows of activation over this surface, and an understanding of this grants… Continue reading Edward de Bono
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? https://www.philosophyinpubs.co.uk/page/view/about 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
In Tom Binghams's book on the rule of law he makes much of the distinction between statutory and common law - acts of parliament and the rulings of judges. However common law has more than one sense. See below for definitions taken from the Wikipedia entry on English law. Scots law is different from English… Continue reading The Rule of Law
Discussion topics for the rest of 2021 . We meet on the first Monday in the month at 7pm at The Sportsman, 1 St John’s Road, Huddersfield. 5th July. Should happiness be the main aim of life? If it is – how can it be achieved? If not, what should be life’s purpose? 2nd August.… Continue reading THINK Huddersfield discussion topics.
‘Epistemic Injustice’ is a particular genus of Injustice, in which someone is wronged specifically in their capacity as ‘a Knower’, wronged therefore in a capacity essential to human worth. Each of us at times has knowledge, understanding, and rational beliefs. We can share that knowledge, both by giving and receiving. Epistemic Injustice arises when we… Continue reading Epistemic Injustice
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
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.
https://www.edge.org/responses/what-have-you-changed-your-mind-about-why 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.