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Connecting people into Philosophy.

Encouraging conversations and discussions of everything from Politics to Pop Music, Ideology to Identity, Markets to Marxism, Feminism to Faith, Aesthetics to Anarchy, Capitalism to Consciousness and beyond...

We're open to everyone. From beginners to experts.

Our ethos = Be excellent to each other. Define your terms. Try to admit when you're wrong. And have fun and try your best.

All you need is an open mind and a curious heart.

Upcoming events (4+)

Philosophy in the Park 041

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Philosophy in the Park is a free format discussion group. Open to all. No previous philosophical experience necessary.

We will meet at the Baroness Burdett Coutts Drinking Fountain in Victoria Park (East Park). It is marked down as "13" on the official maps found in the park.

Here's how it works:

  • Everyone is welcome to suggest a question. It should try to be relatively brief and not assume too much. You can also suggest questions on this page beforehand (just make sure it's philosophical please).
  • We then vote on each each question. You can vote more than once for different questions. The questions with the most votes are the questions we discuss.
  • We then break up into groups and each group does a different question. The question is just a starting point and it's cool if you go on tangents and up end talking about different things. You're welcome to join in and participate or if you'd prefer you're welcome to sit back and enjoy the conversation.

After an hour we all come back together, take a quick break and then repeat all over again. So in 3 hours we go around 3 times.

The aim is to have fun, meet new people, generate interesting and thought-provoking conversations, have your horizons expanded, challenge your preconceptions and who knows - you might even learn something?

In order to make the conversations as fun, interesting and productive for everyone as possible please follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Keep it Philosophical
    (No Science, no History, no Evolutionary Psychology, no contestable facts, personal anecdotes etc).
  2. Think for Yourself
    (No phones, no looking up definitions, no name dropping Philosophers / books you've read).
  3. Tangents are Cool
    (Don't worry too much if the subject drifts and you don't answer the question).
  4. Keep it Succinct
    (Like this).
  5. Be Excellent to Each Other
    (But of course).

Philosophy is about conceptual analysis. It's thinking about thinking. It's not about empiricism or the real world. It's about abstractions, concepts and ideas.

To terms of the right attitude: It's not about debating and trying to win - it's about listening to people and working collaboratively to increase our collective understanding.

No homework or prior knowledge or reading is necessary - simply come and enjoy the discussions.

Oh - and after the event finishes we will go for drinks at the People's Park Tavern. You are welcome to join us if you'd like.

We hope to see you there.

Nice one.

...

To join the Philosophy in the Park WhatsApp Group please click here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/JbLqhslVsd47T5xW8qBWbb

Meetup charges subscription fees. If you would like to make a donation please click here: https://paypal.me/philosophycollective

East London Film Club 013 / Mad Max: Fury Road

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"Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 Australian post-apocalyptic action film co-written, co-produced, and directed by George Miller. Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. The fourth instalment and a "revisiting" of the Mad Max franchise, the film stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Fury Road follows Max Rockatansky, who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe and his army in an armoured tanker truck, leading to a lengthy road battle. the film was praised by critics for Miller's direction, screenplay, action sequences, musical score, cinematography, editing, costume design, visuals, and its performances (particularly from Hardy and Theron). Considered one of the greatest action films of all time and one of the best films of the 2010s, Fury Road received numerous accolades, with ten Academy Award nominations at the 88th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, and won the most awards of the ceremony with six awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing."

The East London Film Club is like a book club for films. Make sure you watch the film before you attend and then come and join in with the conversation. Please note we will not be showing the film at the meeting.

We will be meeting in the Function Room upstairs in the Star of the East.

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To join the East London Film Club WhatsApp Group please click here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/F7rW5aW9YgAKwYdcL01YJV

Brain Worms 053 / Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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"Foundation is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one that shaped science fiction as we know it today. The Galactic Empire has prospered for twelve thousand years. Nobody suspects that the heart of the thriving Empire is rotten, until psychohistorian Hari Seldon uses his new science to foresee its terrible fate. Exiled to the desolate planet Terminus, Seldon establishes a colony of the greatest minds in the Empire, a Foundation which holds the key to changing the fate of the galaxy. However, the death throes of the Empire breed hostile new enemies, and the young Foundation’s fate will be threatened first."

Available from all good libraries and book shops.
You don't have to have read it to join us - but it'll probably help.

We will be meeting in the Function Room upstairs in the Star of the East. It is a 3 minute walk from Westferry DLR station. It has a wide selection of food and drinks: https://thestaroftheeast.co.uk/

We hope to see you there.

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To join the Brain Worms WhatsApp Group please click here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FnR82DHS6NcEBG0JSBptFm

Meetup charges subscription fees. If you would like to make a donation please click here: https://paypal.me/philosophycollective

Philosophy in the Park 042

Needs a location

Philosophy in the Park is a free format discussion group. Open to all. No previous philosophical experience necessary.

We will meet at the Baroness Burdett Coutts Drinking Fountain in Victoria Park (East Park). It is marked down as "13" on the official maps found in the park.

Here's how it works:

  • Everyone is welcome to suggest a question. It should try to be relatively brief and not assume too much. You can also suggest questions on this page beforehand (just make sure it's philosophical please).
  • We then vote on each each question. You can vote more than once for different questions. The questions with the most votes are the questions we discuss.
  • We then break up into groups and each group does a different question. The question is just a starting point and it's cool if you go on tangents and up end talking about different things. You're welcome to join in and participate or if you'd prefer you're welcome to sit back and enjoy the conversation.

After an hour we all come back together, take a quick break and then repeat all over again. So in 3 hours we go around 3 times.

The aim is to have fun, meet new people, generate interesting and thought-provoking conversations, have your horizons expanded, challenge your preconceptions and who knows - you might even learn something?

In order to make the conversations as fun, interesting and productive for everyone as possible please follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Keep it Philosophical
    (No Science, no History, no Evolutionary Psychology, no contestable facts, personal anecdotes etc).
  2. Think for Yourself
    (No phones, no looking up definitions, no name dropping Philosophers / books you've read).
  3. Tangents are Cool
    (Don't worry too much if the subject drifts and you don't answer the question).
  4. Keep it Succinct
    (Like this).
  5. Be Excellent to Each Other
    (But of course).

Philosophy is about conceptual analysis. It's thinking about thinking. It's not about empiricism or the real world. It's about abstractions, concepts and ideas.

To terms of the right attitude: It's not about debating and trying to win - it's about listening to people and working collaboratively to increase our collective understanding.

No homework or prior knowledge or reading is necessary - simply come and enjoy the discussions.

Oh - and after the event finishes we will go for drinks at the People's Park Tavern. You are welcome to join us if you'd like.

We hope to see you there.

Nice one.

...

To join the Philosophy in the Park WhatsApp Group please click here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/JbLqhslVsd47T5xW8qBWbb

Meetup charges subscription fees. If you would like to make a donation please click here: https://paypal.me/philosophycollective

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