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 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 “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 just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge 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 take the topic of "utopia", 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 boring postcard
Nothing that is large or heavy
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