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INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOPHERS’ CORNER.
I always had a passion for philosophy and wanted to start a group to discuss the real issues of this world in a philosophical forum.
I would like to introduce this group and give a brief explanation of what purposes, I believe we - as a group – will strive to achieve.
Our meetings would tend to be pleasurable, amicable and rewarding. I see them as a social interaction that is satisfying: a social interaction that results in personal growth. And, they will empower us to pursue learning experiences that will enrich our lives and motivate us to achieve our goals!
We’ll meet to discuss ideas and to propose new ideas. We will also work together to discuss ideas/topics for future meetings.
We will always count on feedback, suggestions and participation from members and will be always open to negotiation with all members.
The goal of this group is to bring people together, people who share a love for Philosophy. People who would like to develop a community of friendship based on respect, humanitarianism, educational exchange and mutual support.
• We aim to generate new ideas and understandings, be creative in suggesting solutions to current topics and participate in humanitarian and beneficial campaigns for those who wish to volunteer.
For example - I believe we will be able to agree to commit to certain campaigns such as Human Rights, Improvement of our Education System, the protection of the Environment and alternatives to Mental Health Issues.
I also hope that we could discuss and seek solutions to the challenges
of the Current Economy - for example: Unemployment and Isolation.
Plus we may choose to work on Community Projects.
• We aim to share our knowledge with each other: an exchange of knowledge from people who have knowledge/experience on the particular subject(s) chosen for each meeting with people who are eager to learn.
• We aim to have people from different ages. We would like younger people to suggest, inquire and communicate their thoughts, with total freedom, to older people: we would like older people to pass on knowledge and information to younger generations, in order to inform and to share their experiences, and to be open minded to the thoughts suggested by younger members.
The Philosophers’ Corner Ethics:
• We will have people in our group from different professions, beliefs, cultural backgrounds, age group ranges, arts and practices who would like to share their views on traditional philosophical concepts and express their opinions on modern topics.
• We will aim for respect and tolerance of opinions expressed and to practice respectful listening towards others. We don’t aim to criticize individuals in particular. We will agree - and disagree - using well thought out arguments that may result in ‘best practice’ from different
• We will accept the challenge to test the validity of our ideas without being affected by our sensitivities. (No fear of the truth even if it looks ugly to us!) Reality is neither good nor bad, it simply is! It is not sweet or bitter it simply shows the way it is! Our feelings are to be respected as humans not only shape their minds with logic but with feelings: but feelings should not darken the clarity of truth.
• We will use our arguments to refute or challenge other participants’ opinions or metaphorically ‘we will duel on the grounds of peace with the tools of our knowledge.’(Jesse S. Gisbert)
How the Group will function!
There will be one topic suggested.
Either this topic can be generated by any member of the group or by the coordinator of the group.
The topic will be emailed to all members a few days before the meeting.
Members will then have enough time to collect information, familiarize themselves with the topic, find references of previous philosophical postures from other well-known philosophers and to borrow books if necessary or to compile any other material relevant to the topic to be discussed.
The location for meetings provides a chance to obtain or order any book of interest.
Members are free to bring guests along to show what the group is about and invite them to join as members. Please, notify the organizer in advance for space allocation issues.
The organiser will open and close the meeting and would act as moderator to ensure debate focuses on the topics.
Members will raise their hand to ask to speak. The organiser will then nominate who speaks. Members will observe the rules of debate and watch the time we are using every time we speak. If somebody needs to spend more time explaining or clarifying a comment, that person will politely ask for a brief extension, or come back to his/her explanations later on.
Obviously, abusive language is not permitted and we need to be respectful of each other and public persons or celebrities.
The organization of this group requires some expenses that the Organiser has paid for to date. It would be appreciated if members could make a small voluntary, and not mandatory ,donation e.g $ 2.00 for the maintenance of the group
DATES OF THE MEETINGS:
The meetings will take place periodically, occurring every month and preferable on the first Tuesday evening of each month depending on success and other logistical issues.
Personal quote: "I have always dreamt with a world of peace and understanding, where people dedicate more time to communicate than to suffer or inflict any pain."
Jes S. Gisbert, (Organiser)
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