The Hull Philosophy Club holds monthly talks from leading professional philosophers on various and wide-ranging philosophical questions (e.g., Does God exist? Do we have free will? Can computers think? What is love? How ought we to live? Is abortion morally justified?), all followed up by informal discussion over a pint. Our meetings are fun, accessible, and interactive. No background in philosophy is needed. All meetings are free to attend and held in the wood-panelled function room (the “Plotting Parlour”) of Ye Olde White Harte pub on Silver Street. Previous and upcoming speakers include, Robin Le Poidevin (Leeds), Peter Lamarque (York), Adrian Moore (Oxford), and Tim Crane (Cambridge).
Ye Olde White Harte" was built c.1660 and is a Grade II* listed building. The exterior is in the artisan mannerist style; the interior has extensive wood-panelling, including original 17th-century work. Local legend links the building with the onset of the English Civil War. The "Plotting Parlour" is supposedly where, in 1642, Sir John Hotham and others took the decision to refuse King Charles I entry to the town, precipitating the First Siege of Hull.