Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Philosophy is the process systematically answering certain kinds of questions about certain kinds of thing. The main areas of philosophy are Metaphysics - questions about what exists, Epistemology - questions about what we can know about what exists, Ethics, Aesthetics and Political philosophy - questions about what we value in what there is, Philosophy of Language - questions about how it is that our words mean things, and Logic - questions about the validity of our arguments. Roughly speaking, philosophy can be distinguished from science, which is concerned with empirical evidence, and religion, which which is concerned with faith and mystical revelation.
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About the teacher, Darren Poynton
I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.Join