First political philosophy meetup!
At the first meetup, I'll introduce the topic of political philosophy and the intended meetup schedule for the first few sessions. At completion of the course, we should all have a clearer framework of thinking through many moral and other, modern-day issues.
I'm intending on following the outline of the Justice course in political philosophy taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard University.
The lectures from this course can be viewed here:
In the first session we will discuss Utilitarianism. This is the idea that the right thing to do is always that which will produce the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people.
Is this always right though?
For reading - Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart-Mill are the main classical Utilitarian thinkers.
Episodes 1 and 2 of the Justice series are also very informative and entertaining.
We will of course all have the opportunity to discuss and socialise in groups on the day.
I haven’t set a date/location for this Meetup yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you all know
Hope to see you there!