- The Philosophy of Capitalism vs Socialism
Manchester Armchair Philosophers is an informal discussion group made up of a friendly mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month to talk about interesting topics in philosophy (other subjects too) and you don't need to have a philosophy degree or expert knowledge to take part! In this month's meetup we'll be discussing the economic philosophies of Capitalism, Socialism (and Communism) and exploring their relevance in today's society. Here are some of the questions we'll be discussing on the night: • What are the main ideologies, features and (dis)advantages of Capitalism and Socialism? • Who should be responsible for helping the poor in society: working people, charities or the government? • Should wealthy people pay higher taxes to help the poor? • Should the welfare state be abolished or reformed? • Should governments intervene to control corporations and CEO salaries? • Are people more equal under socialism? • Why do many people consider communism to be evil? Can communism ever really be successful, or not? • Is capitalism the best economic system for the world or are there any better alternatives? There is a £3 admission fee for this event (£2 concessions). Please RSVP if you would like to join us. (However, if for any reason you can no longer attend on the night, don't forget to cancel your RSVP before the event.) NB: Repeated 'no-shows' and failure to cancel your RSVP in advance may result in your membership of this meetup being withdrawn. If you are joining us for the first time, feel free to get a drink when you arrive at the Lloyds then go up to the first floor function room where we meet. I look forward to seeing you all, Anna (Event host)
- Easter Monday Walk and Talk
If you enjoy walking and talking about philosophy, politics, current affairs (or anything else that interests you) come and join us for our Easter Monday bank holiday walk - this is a joint meetup with members of Manchester Debate Group and the Jordan Peterson meetup group. We'll be setting off from the Lloyds pub in Chorlton at 12.00 midday for a pleasant stroll by Ivy Brook along the River Mersey to Chorlton Water Park before heading back to Chorlton for drinks and socialising. So come along and join us if you enjoy nature, walking, meeting new people and talking about interesting things! This is a fairly flat and easy walk but the terrain may be stony or muddy in some places. Please check the weather forecast on the day and wear appropriate walking shoes. Bring water and food or snacks if you like. There is no cost for this meetup. Family, older children (14+ years old) and supervised dogs are welcome. We will be setting off promptly at 12.00 midday, so please make sure you arrive on time or a little earlier. I hope you can join us and I look forward to seeing you all next Monday. Happy Easter weekend! Best wishes, Anna (Event Host)
- The Philosophy of Good and Evil
Why is there evil in the world? What causes people to behave in evil ways? Is human nature basically good or evil? ...Questions about the existence, nature and causes of evil have continued to perplex philosophers and theologians throughout the ages - but what do YOU think? In this meetup we’ll be exploring the concepts of good and evil – and how they relate to morality, personal ethics, religion, law and government. Here are some of the topics we’ll be discussing on the night: • What is the difference between ‘good’ and ‘evil’? • What is morality? What makes a person act morally or immorally? • Are evil people born that way, or does life make them evil? • Do people always have a choice between doing good or evil? • What is the relationship between law, government and morality? • Without religion do you think people would be more or less evil? • Why are humans so fascinated by acts of evil? • Can evil ever be good? Manchester Armchair Philosophers is an informal discussion group made up of a friendly mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month to talk about interesting topics in philosophy (other subjects too) and you don't need to have a philosophy degree or expert knowledge to take part! If you are joining us for the first time, feel free to get a drink when you arrive at the Lloyds then go up to the first floor function room where we meet. Please note there is a £3 admission fee (£2 concessions). Looking forward to seeing you there, Anna (Event host)
- The Philosophy of Gender Wars & the Battle of the Sexes
Manchester Armchair Philosophers is an informal discussion group made up of a friendly mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month to talk about interesting topics in philosophy (other subjects too) and you don't need to have a philosophy degree or expert knowledge to take part! This month's topic is all about sex and gender, male and female roles, transgender issues, equal rights (etc) - so to give you a taster, here are some of the intriguing questions we'll be discussing on the night: Gender and sex • What is the difference between “gender” and “sex”? • Is gender role biologically determined or is it a social construct? • What does it mean for a person to be transgender? • Do you agree with the principles of the Gender Recognition Act which allows individuals to self-declare their own gender identity? Male and female roles • What does it mean to be ‘male’ or ‘female’? • Are men and women different or essentially the same? • Do you think that men and women can ever be truly equal? Feminism and gender equality • What is the difference between Feminism and gender equality? • What are your views on transgender women competing against cis women in sports? • Womens' Rights vs Trans Rights and Mens' Rights movements - who is winning the gender wars? If you'd like to come along don't forget to RSVP on Meetup (and also, please remember to cancel your RSVP if you can no longer attend.) Have a great week everyone and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 20th March for another great evening of stimulating discussion! Best wishes, Anna (Event Host) Please note: There is a small attendance charge of £3 per person which helps to pay for room hire, admin costs and printed materials.
- The Philosophy of Truth, Freedom of speech and Fake news
The 'Manchester Armchair Philosophers' meetup is made up of a friendly mix of people from a variety of backgrounds and we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss interesting topics in philosophy and other subjects too (e.g. psychology, current issues, etc). Everyone is welcome (aged 16+) and you don't need to be an expert or have a degree in philosophy to take part! This month we'll be continuing to explore January's theme of freedom by considering the topic of free speech, as well as tackling one of the most perplexing of philosophical questions: What is truth? And to round it all off, in the third discussion of the evening we'll be contemplating truth, freedom of expression and how it relates to the very current and controversial topic of 'fake' news. Here are the main questions we’ll be discussing on the night: Truth What is the nature of 'truth'? Is truth objective or subjective (external reality vs personal perception)? What is the relationship between truth, belief, opinion and fact? Freedom of speech What exactly is meant by freedom of speech? How much freedom do you think we have in today’s society to express our opinions? Is it right to limit free speech and if so, then in what circumstances? Fake news Is it possible to distinguish real news from 'fake' news, and if so, how? Can the reporting of news ever be truthful or 'true'? If you'd like to do some background reading ahead of the meetup, here are a couple of quick reads introducing different philosophical theories about truth: https://www.britannica.com/topic/truth-philosophy-and-logic https://www.philosophynews.com/post/2015/01/29/What-is-Truth.aspx Or for a more in-depth and detailed overview of the subject you might want to access the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth/ If you'd like to join us on the night please RSVP to book your place (and also, don't forget to cancel if you're no longer able to attend). There is small admission fee of £3 (£2 concessions) payable on the door. I look forward to seeing you all there! Anna (organiser and event host)
- The Philosophy of Free Will & What is Freedom?
Hello, welcome back everybody and Happy New Year 2019! Let's start off the new year by considering two of the deepest and most challenging topics in philosophy - the nature of 'freedom' and the problem of free will. Here are a few of the intriguing questions we'll be discussing on the night: What is freedom? What is a person's free will? What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility? How 'free' are we in today's society? If you have any suggestions of your own for questions about freedom and/or free will - then feel free(!) to post them in the comments or you can add links to relevant philosophers and useful online reading. The 'Manchester Armchair Philosophers' meetup is a friendly mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds and we meet once a month to discuss interesting topics in philosophy (other subjects too). Everyone is welcome (aged 16+) and you don't need to be an expert in philosophy to take part! Admission fee: £3 on the door (£2 for students, retired people or unwaged.)
- MAP New Year Social and Anna's Birthday!
Dear MA Philosophers, I'd like to invite you to a New Year social event - which happens to be my birthday party too! On Sat 5th January 8pm-12am At The Waldorf Hotel Piccadilly (next to Hotel Malmaison) Featuring DJ Dave - music & dancing - food & fun. Dress: smart, elegant & classy - or whatever makes you feel great! 🎉👗🎶👠🎊🎸☺ Please RSVP
- Philosophy Christmas Special: Fate or Free Will? The 'Lucky Dip' Question Game
Seasons greetings to you all! Well, another year has come to an end and what a fantastic year of philosophy and discussion we’ve had in 2018 covering topics as diverse as: artificial intelligence, animal rights and altruism, to the philosophy of football, consumerism, happiness and luck. In addition, in the Summer we had three very enjoyable philosophy “Walk and Talk” meetups where we combined intellectual discussion with socialising and an invigorating nature walk so I hope you’ve all enjoyed the variety and thanks for coming along! To bring our last meeting in 2018 to a festive finish, we'll be playing the Philosophy ‘lucky dip’ (Is it fate or free will?) question game where you will get to choose the topics for discussion at random, ranging from some very deep questions - to some more humorous and light-hearted ones.. E.g....What is freedom? ...Is it possible to know good without knowing evil? ...Can you ever be truly happy without any money? ...Are emotions rational or irrational? ...Would you break the law to save someone you love? ...Is there a cause for every event? ...Do people really have free will? ...Why do round pizzas come in square boxes? :-) ... and many more! There will also be philosophy fun quizzes, trivia, games and afterwards you’re all very welcome to stay on for a festive drink to bring this year and our final meetup to a merry close. So I look forward to see you all again for the last time in 2018 and to those of you who are not able to join us next week, I would like to wish you all a truly happy Christmas and most prosperous New Year. Anna (Event Host) ******************************************************************************* Manchester Armchair Philosophers’ is an informal philosophy discussion group meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Lloyds Hotel in Chorlton. We're a friendly mix of people from a variety of backgrounds and you don't need a Philosophy degree or expert knowledge to come along and join in. NB: There is a small attendance fee of £3 for this event payable on arrival. Also, if you have registered but find you can no longer attend please don't forget to cancel your RSVP so someone else can take your place. Many thanks!
- The Philosophy of Consumerism
Manchester Armchair Philosophers is an informal discussion group made up of a friendly mix of people from a range of different backgrounds. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss interesting topics in philosophy (other subjects too) and you don't need to have a philosophy degree or expert knowledge to take part! Huge thanks to Mike for suggesting this month's topic on 'Consumerism' and for thinking up so many challenging and intriguing questions for us to discuss (see below). Although there may not be time to do justice to all questions on the night we'll certainly try our best! Psychology and personal experience of consumerism: • Why do we consume so much in our society (e.g. cars, gadgets, clothes, food/drink/drugs, internet/tv, social media/news, etc)? • Do we really need all the stuff we buy? If not, what drives us to buy it? What emotions or psychological factors drive our shopping for stuff beyond our immediate needs? • Are we discerning in what we consume? Or are we solely driven by advertising/the media/social media? • Does consuming stuff promote or hinder well-being? (Are there any real benefits in ‘retail therapy’?) • Why do some people get into serious debt consuming or become ill from eating, drinking too much or taking drugs and still continue in spite of this? • Are advertising/marketing industries responsible for promoting over-consumption or are other factors involved? Other aspects to consider (economical, political, ecological, ethical): • If, as a society, we stopped consuming at this level what would happen to the economy, to welfare? Do we have to keep consuming to maintain jobs? • Are there any real alternatives to an economic growth model based on maintaining high levels of consumption? • Who has more influence over the government – the voter or the consumer? • Who is to blame for the environmental costs of consuming (e.g. pollution caused by plastic waste) – and who is ultimately responsible for the answers (the consumer, manufacturers, governments, other)? • What are the moral/ethical implications for individuals, society and the planet if we continue to engage in excessive consumerism? • Do other experiences, e.g. appreciating nature, spending time with friends/loved ones bring more fulfilment than consuming stuff? If we spent our money/time engaged in other pursuits than consuming how might our lives/society be different? *Information for new and existing members There is an entrance charge of £3 (£2 unwaged) to pay for room hire, admin and printing costs, etc. When you arrive at the Lloyds pub, feel free to buy a drink before the meetup starts and head on upstairs. (We meet in a large room on the first floor - unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access.) If you're not sure where to go, just ask any of the bar staff to guide you. Please don't forget to RSVP on meetup to reserve your place on the night. Also, if for any reason you can no longer attend please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible. (This is good etiquette and also gives me a better idea of how many printed materials to prepare - thus saving on wasted paper and printer ink!) Thank you all for your cooperation, enthusiasm and continued support of the Manchester Armchair Philosophers meetup. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 21st November. Warm wishes, Anna (Organiser and Event Host)
- The Philosophy of the Supernatural and the Unexplained
As Halloween approaches, it is a time of year when we celebrate the world of ghosts, witches, vampires, scary monsters, magical spells and superstitions. So in keeping with the supernatural theme, this month’s meetup is all about the weird and fascinating world of all that is extraordinary, paranormal, extraterrestrial and unexplained... Here are a few of the questions we’ll be discussing on the night: Why do people believe in supernatural events and paranormal phenomena? Where do superstitious beliefs come from and is there any truth to them? Can science explain the supernatural or do some events defy all rational explanation? What evidence is there for the existence of ghosts, witches, UFOs etc.? Do some people really have ESP abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis? Do you think that there is intelligent life on other planets? Do you believe in reincarnation or in an afterlife? So come along and join us at the Lloyds on Wednesday 17th October for another evening of stimulating discussion. I'm looking forward to seeing you there! Anna (Organiser & Event Host) Please RSVP to reserve your place. Admission £3.