This is a philosophy group that will focus on analytic philosophy, but is open to all approaches to philosophy. No specific background is necessary, and everyone from those who have never studied philosophy to those who have graduate degrees are welcome.
Analytic philosophy is, by far, the standard type of philosophy taught in Philosophy Departments throughout North America, Britain, Scandinavia, and beyond. Analytic philosophers aim for perspicuity and results. Core areas of analytic philosophy include ethics, epistemology (knowledge), metaphysics (e.g., free will, theism/atheism), philosophy of mind (e.g., consciousness), philosophy of science, and political philosophy.
Anyone is free to run a meetup session here. It can be run in a time or place of your choosing (or we can reserve a library room for you). Any format is ok. Anyone who wants to run a session can just contact the organizer, or use the "suggest a meetup" function.
Want to run a session? Use the "suggest a meetup" tab below. Any topic, any format.
2 days ago · 1:30 PM
Can science explain consciousness?: A debate
I will be moderating this debate on whether the question of whether consciousness can be fully explained scientifically, in philosophical terms, the "hard problem" of... Learn more
March 6 · 1:30 PM
Do we have free will?: A debate
This session will feature a debate between Pat Dolan, who will argue that we lack free will, and myself who will argue that we have free will. Discussion will follow the... Learn more
January 24 · 1:00 PM
Critical thinking about critical thinking
Many of you may have heard, or think, that we should be teaching more "critical thinking" skills. But what exactly is the evidence on this? Some researchers seem to... Learn more
January 21 · 7:00 PM
Logic Part 2: fate, time, and the law of excluded middle
I look upon logical proofs the way a well-bred girl looks upon a love letter.
---J. G. Hamann, friend and arch critic of Immanuel Kant
Some, if not all, of the... Learn more
Dec 30, 2015 · 7:00 PM
42, or The Limits of Wealth Inequality
The topic will be the moral foundation of “wealth concentration,” which here means a display of wealth conspicuously in excess of what can be tracked by effort. Is there... Learn more