Jan 16, 2016 Saturday

A Philosophical Enquiry

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

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 about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered anything like “does god exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of seeking truth through rational and logical argument. It can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will choose a topic that is of philosophical interest and then we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A photo that is inspired by your experience of the dialogue
Constructive criticism
Feedback on the experience
Nothing that is big and bulky and has to be carried

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.