Swindon Philosophical Society

Swindon Philosophical society

Swindon Philosophical society – image from their websit

Well listeners. As you know, on the odd occasion I’m known to demonstrate frustration at the suggestion that there’s nothing of cultural value in Swindon. One has to question how hard these people look! Anyway  – the suggestion that Swindon has no culture is a risable one.

Now I’m pretty sure the subject of this post has passed onto my radar before but I’ve been looking the other way or something. Whatever – I’ve not, until today, registered that Swindon has a Philosophical Society. But it does! What’s more it’s been here since 1963! Interesting! Radio 4 do intermittent light drama plays around the Ferryhill Philosopher’s club and Alexander Mcall Smith, writes novels about Isabel Dalhousie and the Sunday Philosopher’s club. All of which I’ve enjoyed. It’s a rich vein it seems.

Find it here: https://swindonphilosophicalsociety.wordpress.com 

About the Philosophical Society…

The Swindon Philosophical Society meets in term-time, on Fridays from 7.40 to 9.40, at the Friends’ Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, Swindon SN1 3JF.

A typical evening’s format is a one hour talk, followed by an hour’s discussion – which generally continues in a nearby pub. Everyone is welcome –  we’re a friendly bunch – just turn up on the night.

We first met in 1963 – over 50 years of great thinking!

There’s a charge of £2.00 (students free) to cover expenses.

Here’s the schedule for the summer term:

13 April Equitable Water Sharing in the Blue Nile
20 April Fundamentalism
27 April Post Work
4 May Warfare and Welfare
11 May Swindon Festival of Literature
18 May Swindon Festival of Literature
25 May The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon
The Society meets on Fridays from 7.40 to 9.40 at the
Friends’ Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, Swindon SN1 3JF.

Find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/swindonphilsoc

What is philosophy?

At its simplest, philosophy (from the Greek phílosophía or phílosophía, meaning ‘the love of wisdom’) is the study of knowledge, or “thinking about thinking”, although the breadth of what it covers is perhaps best illustrated by a selection of other alternative definitions:

  • the discipline concerned with questions of how one should live (ethics); what sorts of things exist and what are their essential natures (metaphysics); what counts as genuine knowledge (epistemology); and what are the correct principles of reasoning (logic) (Wikipedia)
  • investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods (American Heritage Dictionary)
  • the study of the ultimate nature of existence, reality, knowledge and goodness, as discoverable by human reasoning (Penguin English Dictionary)
  • the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics (WordNet)
  • the search for knowledge and truth, especially about the nature of man and his behaviour and beliefs (Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary)
  • the rational and critical inquiry into basic principles (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia)
  • the study of the most general and abstract features of the world and categories with which we think: mind, matter, reason, proof, truth, etc. (Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy)
  • careful thought about the fundamental nature of the world, the grounds for human knowledge, and the evaluation of human conduct (The Philosophy Pages)

And what is it for?




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