Let’s ‘do’ philosophy
On the fourth Sunday of each month, 2.00 – 3.30pm
Join us for a friendly discussion about the fundamental ideas that inform the ways we look at the world. The Philosophy Café at The Letter Lounge is a monthly opportunity to ‘do’ philosophy. We get together over afternoon tea to examine our basic beliefs and challenge the thinking that underpins our everyday decisions. We ask questions about the concepts that guide our lives and think about the logical links between our thoughts. Our goal is to inspire each other to develop an interest in philosophy.
This is a friendly group that meets in a spirit of tolerance and openness. Everyone is welcome – if they come with a questioning, thoughtful approach to discussion. We invite you to think, question and build arguments.
The Philosophy Café is an informal, non-technical group that encourages philosophical debate and provides a forum for the active exchange of ideas. It’s coordinated by Peter Ellerton (Critical Thinking Project, Uni of Qld), Chris Poulsen (Philosophy & Reasoning, Kelvin Grove State College) and Judy Gregory (Northside Meetings). The conversation is suitable for anyone over the age of 12.
Each meeting involves a 10 minute overview of our purpose and processes, a 20-minute presentation on the advertised topic and a 60-minute facilitated discussion. Your registration includes a tea/coffee/soft drink and afternoon tea.
Tickets are $17.00 if purchased in advance, or $25.00 at the door. Register and pay via MeetUp, in person at the cafe, or by phone (07) 3368 1088.
Background reading for 26 August
On 26 August from 2.00 – 3.30pm, Peter Elerton will lead us in a conversation about epistemology: how we know what we know and how we know what’s true. Peter has just written an article on the topic for The Conversation: ‘How do you know that what you know is true?’
To register for this session, visit Meetup, or contact us on (07) 3368 1088. Tickets are $17.00 if purchased in advance.
Current schedule (topics subject to change)
We welcome suggestions for topics and facilitators. If you’re interested in contributing to the group, please contact Judy Gregory via email at email@example.com.
|Date||Topic||Facilitator||Link to summary|
|23 July||What is philosophy? The nature of philosophical discussion||Peter Ellerton||Summary of 23 July 2017|
|27 August||How do we know what we know? The philosophy of knowledge||Peter Ellerton|
|24 September||How do we know whether we’re right? The nature of proof||TBC|
|22 October||How do we draw conclusions?||TBC|
|26 November||How do we reason?||TBC|
|17 December||Why do we give gifts?||TBC|