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The Newcastle Philosophy Society practices free philosophical conversation, welcoming everyone with an interest in philosophy – especially novices – and all philosophical approaches. The Newcastle Philosophy Society aims to release philosophical conversation back into the public arena – pubs, cafes, community halls and the like – to further free philosophy from the dusty academic closet.

Our events are designed for engagement and interaction, sharing and dialogue, in a spirit of mature enquiry rather than debate. For one thing that philosophy tells us is that right answers are hard to find. Events are usually free, though a very small number may ask for a small fee to cover room hire costs (and information about such fees will be highlighted prior to the event). There is no need to be a member to attend – simply turn up at the time and place given on the calendar on the main page.

Membership of the Society is free, and is not necessary to attend events. Members can chose to receive a monthly email (as well as group specfic emails), as well as being granted voting rights at the Annual General Meeting. Those wishing to be a member can do so by following this link:

https://newphilsoc.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d99a3fdc779ff4c626ac5383f&id=a961ab5a9c

Running the Society is a board of trustees and appointed officers who meet on a monthly basis. All trustees and officers are members who volunteer to perform the administrative tasks required to ensure the smooth running of the Society.

The NPS is a registered charity and a branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

For more information about the Society please see our website: http://www.newcastlephilosophysociety.uk

If you have any comments or queries about this Meetup group please do post a comment or send a message to the organizer.

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Philosophical Explorations

Online event

Philosophical Explorations aims to apply philosophical thought and method to any subject matter or topic of concern to society or observant individuals within it. The idea is to approach any aspect of life, wearing a philosophical hat as it were, that is applying a measure of argumentation and justification, adhering to reason and logical precision, making use of cumulative philosophical thinking over the ages, broadening each subject to its full implications above and beyond particularities and contingencies, seeking that which underpins opinion by unravelling undisclosed basic assumptions and formulating an underlying existential position in life. Above all, Philosophical Explorations invites us to subject our stand to a dialogue with others, by opening up a space in the mind as a precondition of careful and considerate listening, an ongoing examination of our opinion in relation to that of others, a willingness and readiness to allow one's own stand to incorporate, indeed be transformed, by the growing wisdom of the group in the process of philosophical exchange. What is therefore desirable in this group is a philosophical attitude and an openness of mind. The most commonly accepted definition of philosophy is that of “thinking about thinking”, that is a double move at the outset, where all reflections are simultaneously subjected to meta-reflections. This habit of mind, whilst not intuitive or normative in society, is at the very core and an indispensable attribute of Philosophical Explorations. Everyone is welcome to join in.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

A contribution of £2 is requested, for those attendees who can afford it, to cover the room hire costs.

Philosophical Explorations

The 'Lit & Phil' Building

Philosophical Explorations aims to apply philosophical thought and method to any subject matter or topic of concern to society or observant individuals within it. The idea is to approach any aspect of life, wearing a philosophical hat as it were, that is applying a measure of argumentation and justification, adhering to reason and logical precision, making use of cumulative philosophical thinking over the ages, broadening each subject to its full implications above and beyond particularities and contingencies, seeking that which underpins opinion by unravelling undisclosed basic assumptions and formulating an underlying existential position in life. Above all, Philosophical Explorations invites us to subject our stand to a dialogue with others, by opening up a space in the mind as a precondition of careful and considerate listening, an ongoing examination of our opinion in relation to that of others, a willingness and readiness to allow one's own stand to incorporate, indeed be transformed, by the growing wisdom of the group in the process of philosophical exchange. What is therefore desirable in this group is a philosophical attitude and an openness of mind. The most commonly accepted definition of philosophy is that of “thinking about thinking”, that is a double move at the outset, where all reflections are simultaneously subjected to meta-reflections. This habit of mind, whilst not intuitive or normative in society, is at the very core and an indispensable attribute of Philosophical Explorations. Everyone is welcome to join in.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

A contribution of £2 is requested, for those attendees who can afford it, to cover the room hire costs.

Women Philosophers

The Northern Stage

NEW REGULAR SLOT.

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, covering a different woman philosopher each time.

At the minute we're running this group remotely- via email exchanges and possibly, video call. If you'd like be included in this please contact us.

Best wishes and stay well!

NPS

Sceptics Reading Group

Online event

This is a relaxed group. Feel free to bring a beer!

We are reading Nietzsche's Human All Too Human to completion.

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On the Group: This reading group will aim to discuss the two traditions of modern scepticism in northern Europe to open discussions on how it has impacted our views of the self, free will, morality, god, etc. Our initial readings will focus heavily on Nietzsche, before considering other sceptics like Hume (or later thinkers!).

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Email: [masked] for info in advance. Please let me know if you want to be on the mailing list for this group, or just intend to attend one session.

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This group aims to provide an excellent route into reading formal philosophy for those without an academic background and an entertaining discussion of one main theme of philosophy for those who have more prior knowledge.

Image is: "Nietzsche" by eozikune is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11568651@N04/2460763167 ) Edited with Quote from HATH, §4

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