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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)

Beyond Bullshit Jobs

Conway Hall

£6.00

In this special event, leading American political philosopher Elizabeth Anderson (Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan) will deliver a lecture entitled "The Work Ethic: Ideology for Bullshit Jobs or Meaningful Work?" in which she will reconsider the history of the work ethic in light of critiques lately made by David Graeber, following a tradition found in Max Weber and John Maynard Keynes. Looking back to its origins in 17th century Puritanism, she will argue that the critiques of the work ethic overlook a progressive work ethic tradition that exalted workers, promoted meaningful work, and condemned the exploitative and destructive business models that characterize the current era of crony capitalism. Following her lecture, Anderson will then discuss some of the key topics she raises with bestselling author and anthropologist David Graeber. About the speakers: Elizabeth Anderson specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, social epistemology, and the philosophy of economics and the social sciences. She is the author of The Imperative of Integration, and, most recently, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (And Why We Don't Talk About It). She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism. A recent profile of her in the New Yorker can be found here. David Graeber is an anthropologist, anarchist activist and author known for his 2011 book 'Debt: The First 5000 Years' and the 2018 bestseller 'Bullshit Jobs: A Theory'. He is a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE). A recent interview with Graeber in 'Jacobin' can be found here (https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/bullshit-jobs-david-graeber-work-service). This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by 'The Philosopher', the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal (https://www.thephilosopher1923.org/events). The meeting will be chaired by Anthony Morgan, Editor of 'The Philosopher'. Admission is by advance ticket (£6) from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-bullshit-jobs-elizabeth-anderson-in-conversation-with-david-graeber-tickets-71277570131)

How to be a Marxist: Martin Hägglund and Lea Ypi

If this life is all there is, what should we do with it? Or, how rigorous secularism leads to socialism. Yale philosopher Martin Hägglund and LSE philosopher Lea Ypi will consider some of the deepest questions of existence, arguing that only by stripping away their subtle illusions can we discover the true value of our earthly freedom. Through clarifying terms like socialism and capitalism, and by looking back to the core values that underpinned Marx's philosophy, Hägglund and Ypi will explore why Marx is in fact the strongest defender of key liberal values such as liberty, and equality, and how commitment to such values must inevitably lead us to a form of democratic socialism. Martin Hägglund is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale. He has been hailed by Richard Klein as “the most important young philosopher in the United States.” His new book, 'This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free' is published in August by Profile Books. Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics, and author of 'Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency'. This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by The Philosopher, the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal. For further information, please go to the website of The Philosopher: https://www.thephilosopher1923.org/events This is a ticket-only event and tickets must be bought in advance. Tickets, which cost £6, are available from Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-a-marxist-martin-hagglund-in-conversation-with-lea-ypi-tickets-66302662047

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