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Philosophy Cafe- Eastbourne
WHAT IS WISDOM? Philosophy is the Love of Wisdom, but what is Wisdom? Socrates was said to be the "Wisest of men". What does it mean to be wise? A definition of Wisdom is ‘experience and knowledge together with the power of applying them practically’. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as compassion, experiential self-knowledge, non-attachment and virtues such as ethics and benevolence. In a sense, anyone who has mastered their trade or area of specialism could be called wise in their sphere of knowledge – for example, if we call someone a wise doctor we may mean he or she has experience and knowledge of medicine and is able to apply these practically. This is known as 'Phronesis' and refers to practical knowledge However as philosophers, the idea here is not to be a wise doctor, or a wise anything else, but to be wise people. The activity of interest is life itself – therefore the knowledge to be sort is that which can enable us to master the art of living. This is known as 'Sophia' and refers to “transcendent wisdom” or the “ultimate nature of reality.” So we can define ‘wisdom’ to mean "that knowledge which will enable a person to live truly and happily". We can also define the "attitude of wisdom" as "acting with knowledge while doubting what one knows". We can approach the question of discovering wisdom through considering the way a wise person acts, how they speak, how they are in themselves. We can ask, for any situation -“What would a wise person do?” In education, should the focus change from the acquisition of knowledge to seeking and promoting wisdom, and the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others? The wise application of knowledge will then be to attain a positive goal by receiving instruction in governing oneself. ................................................................................ If this interests you then take time out from your usual Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours in the company of other kindred spirits. Entrance is free, just pay for your own refreshments. Discussion takes place in small groups with a facilitator at each table. We have great venue near Eastbourne seafront. Please arrive on time to order your refreshments and find a table. We'll be to the left, in the backrooom. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP

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Trinity Place, BN21 3BX · Eastbourne

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Philosophy Café Held on first Sunday of every month from 4-6 pm at (venue as advertised), Brighton . Entry free; pay for your own refreshments and join in with the discussion. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction to the theme. Discussion then follows between groups of those attending. Past experience suggests that the discussion will be animated! Finally, there will then be an opportunity to share thoughts and conclusions with everyone present. This is an opportunity to explore the subjects in a convivial setting including conversation, coffee and cake available from the café. PREVIOUS TOPICS: Creation - an act of love? What is the value of truth? What is reality? Is God real? What is the role of compassion in our lives today? What does it matter whether animals have a soul or not? Do we prefer materialism because it limits us?

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