Semptember ponderings - Botton on the importance of philosophy

Greetings thinkers!

Apologies for the quiet period - having a bit of a summer break. It's previously been requested that we have some pre-meeting reading, and so, for our reconnection in September, I'm proposing this:

Alain de Botton's 'Consolations of Philosophy' http://www.alaindebotton.com/philosophy.asp. I've not yet read it yet, but have ordered it from Play.com (used) for £1.74. I chose it as it introduces the reader to an array of ideas from prominent philosophers:

'Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche are read for the light their work can shine on certain great universal problems, among them, unpopularity, poverty, inadequacy, lovelessness and timidity. The book amounts to a guide to wisdom - as well as to the practical utility of philosophy.'

So that should give us plenty to talk about - re the human condition - as we enjoy a coffee at Cafe Utopia.

If you prefer not to (or don't have time to) read the book, still come along and join in the conversation!

Best wishes,

Sherry

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a really enjoyable afternoon of pondering - what a brilliant group of people! Thanks Sherry for organising us and bringing us together! :)

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Sherry

      Thanks Laura. It is a great diverse group, isn't it? I enjoy the variety of people that come along to meetings. We also seem to get the right sort of number too. Must find more venues with mis-matched chairs... ;) x

      September 16, 2013

  • Shezina K T.

    So sorry to have missed Sunday as i was looking forward to it, but family commitment came up. Hope to get there for the next meet up.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Sherry

      No worries. No one's obligated to come along. Life does things that change our plans! :) x

      September 16, 2013

  • John E

    Another interesting and enjoyable meeting. Thank you to everyone who took part.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Sherry

      Thank you John - delighted that you remain such a supporter. Always pleased to see you. Happy you're enjoying it. :) x

      September 16, 2013

  • Kieron R.

    Really enjoyed the conversation guys, will most definitely be attending the next one :)

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Sherry

      Thank you Kieron. It was brilliant to have you along. (And I hope you're remembering to share the love...) :) x

      September 16, 2013

  • Shelley

    Great conversation, group and venue, thanks to Sherry and everyone there. Really looking forward to the next meet up :-)

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Sherry

      Thank you Shelley, lovely to meet you! :) x

      September 16, 2013

  • Sherry

    Enjoyed today's meeting and getting together with friends old and new. Great discussion that centred on 'happiness'. I just hope it didn't leave people feeling too depressed! :D I will post some notes up when I've a bit more time, but an emerging theme from today; sustained happiness is strongly connected to feelings of belonging and value within a group. Thank you to everyone that came along. Please feel free to suggest topics, books and meeting places.

    Best wishes,

    Sherry

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why has this shown up for Cambridge?

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Big fan of Alain de B. Will be good ;)

    August 6, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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