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Seminar: Quine - Two Dogmas of Empiricism

At each seminar, we discuss a short philosophical text, or tackle a philosophical question. This month's text is W V O Quine's paper, Two Dogmas of Empiricism. The text is available here:

We want to keep these events reasonably small, so that we can keep the discussion focused, and so that everyone can participate. Please book your place by using the RSVP button. If you book and then find that you cannot make it, please cancel your booking, so that someone else can take your place.

We use the ground floor foyer of the National Theatre. We will try to be at the tables at the end furthest from Waterloo Bridge, and on the side that is furthest away from the river side of the building. If you need to ask the staff for directions, you could ask for the Shakespeare Memorial Plaque, or for the place where the Lyttleton Cloakroom used to be. (It has disappeared as part of the building works.) But we may have to be somewhere else in the foyer. We will have a notice on the table saying "Philosophy for All", but we might not be there until a few minutes before our start time of 7.45. So if you get there earlier and cannot find us, please have another wander round the foyer at 7.40 to find us. If you cannot find us anywhere on the ground floor, try the next floor up where there is a bar area, but we will only move there is there is a problem with the ground floor.

This seminar will be conducted by Richard Baron.

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  • Richard B.

    I hope that everybody who came along managed to find us. Our normal area was closed for a private event, so we were in the middle of the foyer, in front of the bar. After about 45 minutes, we relocated to the end of the foyer nearest to Waterloo Bridge, so as to get away from another noisy group.

    April 23, 2014

  • Richard B.

    I would like to ask people's views on numbers for these events.

    We have to control numbers, because we use a public venue. The National Theatre would not be happy if we were a large group.

    Sometimes, everybody on the list comes. That is just about manageable. But sometimes, quite a few people are listed as attending, do not cancel, and do not turn up. This is unfortunate, given that there are lots of people on the waiting list.

    For the April seminar, I shall send a reminder to everyone on the attendance list, five or six days in advance, and see if that helps.

    But there is an alternative. We could remove the limit on numbers, and say that if too many people turn up, the later ones to arrive will have to go to the other end of the foyer, and form a separate group. There might or might not be someone to lead the discussion in that second group.

    How would people feel about that? Please let me have your comments, either here or by sending me a message.

    Thanks very much.


    March 26, 2014

  • Richard B.

    I have also increased the numbers from 12 to 15. When I did this, the Meetup computer split the series into two. So please note that the series will continue, and that the next two dates are 28 May and 25 June (not 24 June - ignore what it says about continuing until 24 June).

    January 22, 2014

  • Richard B.

    I have now added the venue - the foyer of the National Theatre.

    January 22, 2014

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