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What: Philosophy Discussion Group
When: One Saturday of each month, from 2pm – 5pm
(3 hours, including a break)
Where: Natural Grocers in Richardson
How: READINGS discussed in-depth amongst the group. No tests, no lecture… we help teach each other in a spirit of learning.
TOPIC: Bayesian Epistemology
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
For the past year, we have been discussing epistemology, a branch of analytic philosophy which deals with questions about knowledge and justification. This month we will continue the discussion, considering what rationality requires if one has only a probabilistic degree of certainty.
(Other readings will be provided online.)
THIS MONTH'S READINGS:
1) An introductory chapter from a textbook on our topic:
(The Dropbox app is required to access this article via a smartphone.)
2) Chapter 11 of the textbook we have been reading through out the past year:
Readings are not required, but we ask that you please stay on topic during the discussion.
There is no rule about adhering to any party line during the discussion. We have a diverse collection of opinions (as we found when we discussed philosophy of religion!)
We are approaching these topics 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. If a topic is new to you, here are some good resources, if you are interested:
- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia)
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/)
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/)
- The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (http://amazon.com/o/ASIN/0199264791/ref=nosim/fellooffreetd-20)