We take philosophy to be the art of pursuing wisdom through reading, discussion and thought without resorting to popular trends, blind faith, uninformed emotionalism, traditional authority, or rigid preconceived notions. We will discuss the great ideas of history, the contemporary issues that may concern us and the great minds who have contributed to our understanding of our humanity and our place in Nature. People of all belief systems are welcome but those who are religiously conservative or politically strident in their thinking should probably look elsewhere. We believe Humanism to be the great intellectual tradition of Western Civilization and broadly define it as open-mindedness, a spirit of inquiry that refuses to be restrained by church or state, an appreciation of the arts and sciences, a concern for human welfare, and a love of discussion, debate and knowledge. That said, we are not scholars, and we hope to enjoy ourselves in a relaxed setting in the company of bright people with similar interests.

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Recent Meetups

  • January 21 · 2:30 PM

    WHAT IS RELIGION?

    10 Members | 5.00 | 1 Photo

    We have tiptoed around religion in the past, but now it is time to dive into it from a philosophical point of view. What exactly is religion? Has it been a positive or... Learn more
  • January 14 · 6:30 PM

    THE PHILOSOPHY OF CONFUCIUS

    8 Members | 5.00

    We have not yet discussed any of the Eastern philosophical systems, so it is about time to do so.  We will start with the most famous of the Eastern philosophers,... Learn more
  • December 17, 2014 · 2:30 PM

    DOES DEMOCRACY WORK?

    9 Members | 4.00

    Currently, democracy appears to be in retreat around the world. What do you think? What exactly is democracy? Is the it best form of government? How can it be structured... Learn more
  • December 10, 2014 · 6:30 PM

    ETHICS AND KNOWLEDGE

    6 Members | 4.50

    We will discuss the relationship between ethics and knowledge, if there is in fact a relationship.  What is knowledge?  What is truth?  Does ethics represent knowledge... Learn more
  • November 19, 2014 · 3:00 PM

    CONSCIOUSNESS AND FREE WILL

    15 Members

    At the meetup on Wednesday, Nov 19, the discussion will be about consciousness and free will. What is consciousness? Do we have free will, or is free will a delusion? I... Learn more
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