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 School of Economic Science – Happiness, Reason and Consciousness

Philosophy for All

  Why are a bunch of volunteer philosophers hosting events for the wider public?

 Their motivations are;

  • they love people as well as philosophy
  • to make the benefits they have got from philosophy available and accessible to everybody

Events Coming up

·         Tolerance and democracy

·         Peterborough Philosophy in the  Park – Monthly

·         The Grantchester Lectures – A feast of discovery

·         Summer Programme at Spriggs Farm

See below for details

If there is a subject that you would like to explore with others through the medium of philosophy, please let us know. We are always happy to get new and interesting issues to tackle.


 

 

Tolerance and Democracy

A talk by

 

John De Val

 

 at Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave.,  Cambridge CB3 9DF

Thursday 27th September, 7:30pm

 

£6 tickets include refreshments and can be bought securely online at Eventbrite, or at the door ( £5 if bought before 22nd September)

 

         How much tolerance can a democratic society tolerate? Where and when does tolerance become indulgence? Who gets to decide? This talk will explore issues around this subject.

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Philosophy in the Park

2018/19 season

 

A  series of talks and discussions in the friendly and comfortable surroundings

of the Buttercross tearoom in Central Park, Peterborough.

Free of charge and open to all.

Subjects chosen by you are;

September                           Can you trust your thoughts?   

October                                Ambition – a good thing or a bad thing?

November                            How to maintain well-being in a world run by idiots?

December                            Is there a cure for a heavy heart?

January*                               Is anxiety a reflection of the state of the ego?

February                               Is a society based on money a bad thing?

March                                    Is there a place in the world for love and kindness or are                                                                                                 love and kindness all there is?

April                                       What will it take to end war?

May                                        How to make the best of the life we have “Living Life Fully”

June                                       How do we unite society despite politics and religion?

July                                         Can the arts change society or do they just reflect them?

August                                   What if we’re all God?

 

Each session starts at 10.00 a.m. on the first Saturday each month and finishes noonish with a break halfway. The park is ten minutes’ walk from the town centre and parking is in park crescent, PE1 4DY.

*except January- TBA.

 

 

 

Grantchester

Summer lectures

10:15 - noon

Only 1 left!

 

                                Law by Consent  15 Sep

An amazing part of the heritage of these islands is the Common Law of England; law by consent.  Constantly evolving right up to this day, it reflects principles going back to the beginnings of time, including those described by Moses, Plato, Augustine, King Alfred, Henry II, and William Blackstone the English jurist.  

Speaker: Ian Murdoch

 

                   Philosophy has been discussed beneath the trees of the Orchard at Grantchester for over a century with a cast including Wittgenstein, Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf and Bertrand Russell. The Summer lectures still draw those interested in finding meaning and truth every year to this magical place.  Starting at 10:30am ‘til 12:30 with a break halfway.

 

 

 For more information please call 0845 450 3688

 

The Orchard Tea Rooms can be reached by taking Junction 11 off the M11, following the signs to Grantchester and turning left off the road to Trumpington.  Be careful; the entrance is very easy to pass.  Alternatively, it can be reached by cycling or walking the riverside from Cambridge. Do try the wonderful home-made scones! Please note there is a charge now for parking, which can be used towards paying for food and drink.

 

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Updates available at

SUMMER PROGRAMME at

SPRIGGS FARM

Water End, Ashdon, Saffron Walden CB10 2NA

        

TWO DISCUSSIONS ON RELATED THEMES :

                        MINDFUL PHILOSOPHY AND PATRIOTISM  led by ROBYN GRAY on WEDNESDAY 22nd AUGUST.

                        MINDFUL PHILOSOPHY AND FRIENDSHIP led by CHRISSIE EASON on WEDNESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER.   

 

Both start at 7.30pm, but those wishing to meditate with us should arrive by 6.45 pm.  They are free of charge. Drinks will be available for which a donation would be welcome to cover costs (e.g. £1.50 for glass of wine).

The evenings will be informal, held outside round the BBQ fire if the weather is clement, indoors otherwise.  There will be a small amount of introductory material – participants are most welcome to bring their own ideas, quotes and readings.  Finish – appx.9.30pm. All EASoP members welcome. No need to pre - book, but for further information call 01799 584156/07867 802834.

 

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