KANT'S CAVE: Is Ignorance Bliss? (Anja Steinbauer: new speaker/title)

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.

Our speaker this month is Anja Steinbauer, and her topic is: Is ignorance bliss?

(Tom Rubens had been due to speak on Schopenhauer and character-determinism. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to give his talk in December, but he will give it some time next year.)

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.


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  • Nick S.

    I enjoyed the talk, and found it helped me to think about the topic. Thank you, Anja.

    You mentioned in passing two topics that I would give a more central role to in happiness: connections and usefulness.

    We are groupish creatures, and I myself can only be happy if I am working and living with people with whom I am comfortable. They don't have to agree with me, but I have to feel productive with them and stimulated / ing around them. No man is an island.

    My second - and related - topic is usefulness. I need to feel that I am being useful in some way: that there is some point in my being on this planet. This is linked in my mind to self-forgetfulness; I am happier if I can forget about myself and concentrate on what I am doing. This may sound self-sacrificing. It isn't; for me, it's self-fulfilling.

    Keep up the good work!

    Nick Shepherd

    December 6, 2012

  • Rachel

    Really interesting and great mix of people, I'll be back soon.

    December 6, 2012

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