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Bill Van F.




Charlotte, NC

Organizer since:

August 10, 2007


How did you get interested in philosophy?

I have always wanted to understand as much about existence as possible, and became acquainted with philosophy in high school.

What are your main interests in philosophy?

What the psychosocial future of our species is. (I believe our species is just a toddler psychosocially. We are talking, hi tech (and very angry) chimpanzees, with a long way to go before we stop doing bad and tragic things that come naturally.

Do you have a basic ethical philosophy?

I should do my part to make the world a better place*, within my sphere of influence & within the limits of my capabilities. (*Maximal joy, contentment, appreciation; minimal pain, suffering, disability, early death, for everyone, now & in future.)


I am a retired (as of 1/1/2015) psychiatrist with a lifelong interest in philosophy. I was in a philosophy discussion group for over 10 years, and it was one of my most growth promoting experiences. I hope others can have such an experience.

What Bill Van F. is saying about this Meetup Group

Great group of friendly people with open minds and intellectual curiosity.

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