Discussions are at The Sportsman, an excellent real ale pub at 1 St. John’s Road, at 7pm-9pm on the first Monday in the month, apart from the Bank Holiday in May.
January 7th. What did the Sixties protests, riots, assassinations and counter-cultures achieve?
February 4th. What won’t computers ever be able to do?
March 4th. How can you protect yourself from crooked thinking and learn to think straight? (Robert Thouless’s book).
April 1st. How can you practice philosophy as a way of life? (Following from the debate/discussion at the PIPs National Conference 2018).
May 13th. Can socialism be re-created to succeed in the 21st century?
June 3rd. What are our ‘selves’ – brains, regenerating bodies, social constructions, souls – or something else?
July 1st. Priests and politicians claim to be virtuous. How are they virtuous and how should they be virtuous?
August 5th. What kinds of jobs are the ‘bullshit jobs’ which could be removed or perhaps replaced by a computer system, with little negative impact? (David Graeber’s book 2018).
September 2nd. How can we achieve happiness?
October 7th. What is good, or bad, about the surveillance and punishment of what some people say on social media and elsewhere?
November 4th. Jeremy Bentham (1824) wrote wittily about fictions and fallacies based on what he learned when studying the House of Commons. What are the most entertaining fictions and fallacies today?
December 2nd. What is literature? Should Bob Dylan have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?