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KANT'S CAVE

On the first Wednesday of every month the PFA meets at "Kant’s Cave" for a lecture, debate and social evening, normally in the upstairs bar of the Exmouth Arms at 1 Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR. The Exmouth Arms is in a quiet residential street about five minutes walk from Warren Street, Euston and Euston Square stations.

This month, our speaker is Keith Barrett, and his topic is "Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Religion".

The idea of using the function room of a pub for our philosophy meetings is that we would like to combine serious philosophical activity with an informal exchange of ideas and views. We therefore invite everybody to stay on after the lectures for more talk and debate. All lectures start at 7.30 pm; the bar is open from 7.00. There is a £2 door charge for non-PFA members.

www.pfalondon.org

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  • Nick S.

    I thought the speaker was good; I enjoyed his account of existentialism and psychoanalysis and their relation to religion. However, my fellow philosophers varied: comments ranged from intelligent and helpful to frankly bizarre and incoherent. Anja did her best to control us, but it wasn't easy (I was the one who asked about behaviour and belief in religion).

    I think there is an issue of meeting style and numbers attending: the general style felt appropriate for a smaller number of participants. Would a maximum of 30 make more sense? Or perhaps you could have a system (like Rand-Delphi) where each contribution is limited, with a little alarm bell, to 60 seconds. And must terminate in a question of some sort, or at least an invitation to comment.

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, though I am a bit irked that you've not included me in the list below! I will write more here, once you've put in my pic below.

    September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent

    September 6, 2012

  • Alice

    It was one star for behaviour and the triumph of reason over emotion and five stars for anthropological fascination. It was mesmerising watching a group of soi disant rationalists emotionally rejecting a very interesting idea. Most speakers seemed unable to temporarily view religion througn a very specific Existential and Psychoanalytic filter. Thiis is not the same as God v Science. Humans are conscious and mortal and have developed two routes to cope with that state: one is natural and the other transcends the natural but is sometimes of it. They sometimes contradict and sometimes complement one another. Neither route was privileged over the other and the lecturer tried to offer a balanced analysis. The group seemed emotionally unable to engage with the idea that this wasn't about truth or who was right. I'm an atheist but I enjoyed looking at fairly entrenched ideas from a new perspective and enjoyed the rigour and precison of the speaker's logic.

    September 5, 2012

  • Richard B.

    Hello Yissar, yes there is. You may not have seen it if you looked at the announcement on the main page, because that just shows the first few lines of the announcement. But if you click on the heading for this particular meetup, you should see the full three-paragraph text. The second paragraph is:

    This month, our speaker is Keith Barrett, and his topic is "Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Religion".

    You can see the speakers and topics for future months, and find out about other Philosophy for All events, at:

    http://www.pfalondon.org/

    (Click on "Kant's Cave" on the left hand side for these first-Wednesday-of-the-month events.)

    September 1, 2012

    • Yissar

      Thank you :)

      September 1, 2012

  • Yissar

    Is there a specific topic / speaker for this meeting?

    August 30, 2012

  • JohnPaul

    Starting a Bioethics course in September, so looking forward to meeting some seasoned philosophers

    August 27, 2012

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