What we're about

Philosophy in Pubs is a community philosophy group addressing big questions on a variety of topics in a relaxed, informal environment. We hold discussions twice a month in central Oxford and once a month in Headington. No experience of philosophical enquiry is necessary - the idea is that it is possible to talk about philosophical ideas without having to know a lot about what the ‘great’ philosophers thought about things. We are more interested in making progress through sensible conversation than having a heated debate where there are ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. We welcome anybody from any background, age, gender, faith, ethnic group, educational or social background etc. See https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/about/ for more information about our meetings and please get in touch with any thoughts, concerns etc. To join the Headington Philosophy in Pubs Group, please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/150326685633781/ , though all events will be posted here too.

Upcoming events (4+)

Headington Meeting: Topic coming soon.

Online event

Full details later.

(Note this may become a normal physical event or even a joint physical/online event- look out for notices and emails).

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Anyone can attend this session. No experience in philosophy or knowledge of the subject is required in advance. Just come along and enjoy. People come along from a wide range of ages, social and educational backgrounds etc. Almost no-one has a philosophy degree. Occasionally, attendees will be asked to watch, read or listen to a short piece of material in advance of the session (as the 'stimulus' for discussion), but this will be minimal and will be made clear in the description of the session.

See our Format of the Evenings (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22505971/Format_of_the_Evenings/) for more of an overview and schedule for our sessions. There are some notes of advice on how to discuss at How Should I Participate in a PIPs Session (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22611856/How_Should_I_Participate_in_a_PIPs_Session/) page.

PIPs Meeting: Topic TBC

Online event

Anyone can attend this session. No experience in philosophy or knowledge of the subject is required in advance. Just come along and enjoy. People come along from a wide range of ages, social and educational backgrounds etc. Almost no-one has a philosophy degree. Occasionally, attendees will be asked to watch, read or listen to a short piece of material in advance of the session (as the 'stimulus' for discussion), but this will be minimal and will be made clear in the description of the session.

See our Format of the Evenings (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22505971/Format_of_the_Evenings/) for more of an overview and schedule for our sessions. There are some notes of advice on how to discuss at How Should I Participate in a PIPs Session (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22611856/How_Should_I_Participate_in_a_PIPs_Session/) page.

Book Group

Online event

*About the Philosophy in Pubs Book Group*

Please read the with the book or text in advance of attending the session (even if you don't feel like you've perused it or understood it fully!) as this makes for a better conversation. The point of the sessions is not for 'experts' to educate novices about the book. It is not fair for those who have read the book to have to explain things to people who haven't.

The group will then meet up to discuss the book, what they think the author is trying to say, what their key points are etc. and then to critique the arguments. As this requires substantial prior engagement, these sessions are not formally part of the Philosophy in Pubs organisation, but the large overlap means that we can use the same Meetup group and the sessions have a similar friendly and engaging feel.

To volunteer a book for subsequent sessions, please send a message to either Ben Clark or Mike Vousden by using the 'messages' tab which is found by choosing the 'members' tab at the top of the home page. If you volunteer a book, please pick a date when you would be able to attend a session. Whoever suggests the book commits to attending the session and being a ‘point of contact’ for attendees when they arrive.

Headington PIPs - Topic to be Confirmed

Online event

Anyone can attend this session. No experience in philosophy or knowledge of the subject is required in advance. Just come along and enjoy. People come along from a wide range of ages, social and educational backgrounds etc. Almost no-one has a philosophy degree. Occasionally, attendees will be asked to watch, read or listen to a short piece of material in advance of the session (as the 'stimulus' for discussion), but this will be minimal and will be made clear in the description of the session.

See our Format of the Evenings (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22505971/Format_of_the_Evenings/) for more of an overview and schedule for our sessions. There are some notes of advice on how to discuss at How Should I Participate in a PIPs Session (https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-in-Pubs-Oxford/pages/22611856/How_Should_I_Participate_in_a_PIPs_Session/) page.

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