What we're about

The London Philosophy Club holds free talks from some of the leading contemporary philosophers, including (recently) Robert Skidelsky, John Gray, Galen Strawson, Angie Hobbs and Stephen Cave. We also organise debates, socials, and a regular reading group. Our events are fun, accessible and interactive, and are all guided by our belief that philosophy improves people's lives and should be open to all.

At the moment, we're the biggest philosophy club in the world, and have featured on the BBC World Service, in the Financial Times and Independent, La Confidencial and La Reppublica, and at the How-The-Light-Gets-In festival.

No background in Philosophy is necessary. You will get to know other philosophy lovers, curious souls, open-minded individuals who love wisdom and the exploration of ideas - in a non-academic, relaxed atmosphere, full of debate and challenging topics.

Please use at least your first name and a profile picture to join the club (We take care to block spammers.) Looking forward to having you join us!

Upcoming events (2)

The Architecture of Emotions: Living with Feeling

Juju's Bar and Stage

Join us for three short talks by fascinating speakers, exploring the architecture of emotions. Tickets for this event are £12 - buy them through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-architecture-of-emotions-living-with-feeling-tickets-60216090949 Arthur Mamou-Mani is an award-winning architect who works with 3D printing. He designed last year's Temple at Burning Man (pictured above). He's talking about Emotional Algorithms: How computational design and digital fabrication brings us back to the natural and the poetic. Arthur will show Conifera and Galaxia, his two latest projects, one in a temporary city in the desert, one in a 16th-century Palazzo in Milan. Petronella Tyson is a social impact consultant and 'emotionally intelligent social alchemist' according to the Times. She consulted for the Collective, which runs a large co-living space in London. She's discussing how might design help us feel more optimistic? With 550 residents living together in the Collective, she measured and evaluated their cognitive liberation using a mental wellbeing scale that looks not only at our short term happiness, but more importantly, how well we function in society in community, and how we feel about our future. Dr Edmund Ramsden is a history lecturer at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He's talking about: Rat Cities: Animals, Architecture and the Urban Crisis. In 1962, the ecologist John B. Calhoun identified a series of “social pathologies” that resulted from increased population density among rats in the laboratory, such as violence, withdrawal, cannibalism, and sexual deviance. Calhoun’s experiments inspired a generation of scientists, policy-makers, and public commentators to identify Calhoun’s pathologies among human populations in a period of urban crisis, and a solution through new architectural and urban designs. The three 15-minute talks will be interspersed with opportunities to meet and discuss the ideas with fellow attendees, at Bar JuJu in the Truman Brewery. This event is run in partnership with the Experimental Thought Co. Doors open at JuJu Bar at 6, with talks starting promptly at 7. That ticket link again: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-architecture-of-emotions-living-with-feeling-tickets-60216090949

Irrationality: The Dark Side of Reason

Lumen United Reformed Church & Community Centre URC


It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, and we named ourselves the ‘rational animal’. But is this flattering story itself rational? Philosopher Justin E.H. Smith and psychoanalyst Josh Cohen will attempt to illuminate unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again. Justin E.H. Smith is professor of the history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris. His new book 'Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason' will be published in April. Josh Cohen is professor of modern literary theory at Goldsmiths and a practicing psychoanalyst. His latest book 'Not Working: Why We Have to Stop' was published in January. £5 (3 for concessions). At the door.

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