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Philosophy Club

  • Jun 7, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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What: Philosophy Discussion Group

When: 1st Saturday of each month, from 2pm – 5pm
(3 hours, including a break)

Where: Justin & Tammy's house in Richardson [*BYOD&S]

How: Readings discussed in-depth amongst the group. No tests, no lecture… we help teach each other in a spirit of learning.

We will usually be reading from a book one will have to purchase, but sometimes there will be articles provided online.


 

Meeting Topic & Reading List

 This month we'll be talking about "experimental philosophy", a movement of philosophers who set up psychological experiments to try to support philosophical views.  These experimental findings suggest that people's intuitions about philosophical matters aren't nearly as consistent and well-behaved as many philosophers have thought, so this raises lots of interesting questions about what (if anything) we can learn from philosophical intuitions, and from philosophical experiments.

* Fisher paper -- this is basically the same content as chapter 5 of the book manuscript we've been reading, but formatted as a stand-alone paper so it'll be easier for folks who have missed meetings.

* Knobe & Nichols paper 

* Buckwalter & Stich paper

 

Meeting Format

10 minute introduction to the material

Depending on attendence, we may split into smaller groups (4 - 8 people)

2 part group discussion of readings with a 10 minute break in between

Reconvene into large group to share highlights of small group discussions

 


 

Expectations

 

Readings are not neccessarily required, but we ask that you please stay on topic during the discussion.

We are teaching each other in a "spirit of learning": we should be humble (we do not know everything), eager to learn, and willing to challenge each other while being kind and considerate.

There will be people of various backgrounds in philosophy — you do not need to be an expert in philosophy to be in the group (e.g. I'm not; Justin is).  If a topic is new to you, here are some good resources, if you are interested:
Wikipedia
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

 

 

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[*BYOD&S] "Bring Your Own Drink & Snack".  You might get thirsty or hungry — feel free to bring whatever (non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks you'd like (preferably something shareable with the group).
— A note to those with cat-related allergies: Justin and Tammy have cats — one of whom will be rather happy to mingle with all the nice people who came to see him....
>^. . ^<

 


 

In a post on Common Sense Atheism, "How to Do Philosophy Better", Luke Muehlhauser summarizes an essay by Paul Graham. In that essay, Graham proposes the following:

 

Here's an intriguing possibility. Perhaps we should do what Aristotle meant to do, instead of what he did. The goal he announces in the Metaphysics seems one worth pursuing: to discover the most general truths. That sounds good. But instead of trying to discover them because they're useless, let's try to discover them because they're useful.

— Paul Graham, "How to Do Philosophy"

 

Given a lot of our common values, I think we can study philosophy in a way that helps us, that is useful to us, rather than as something that is considerably esoteric or futile.

 

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  • Jean W.

    Found a book with an interesting title. "Proving Darwin, Making Biology Mathematical'. By Gregory Chaitin. Haven't had time to read it yet.

    June 4, 2014

  • Gregg

    We have been reading through a book which is currently being written about the nature of concepts. I expect the readings for this coming month will be up soon.

    May 27, 2014

  • JCinTX

    What is the discussion topic for this meeting?

    May 27, 2014

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