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:
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?
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:
Or for a more in-depth and detailed overview of the subject you might want to access the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
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)