About this Event
***We’re meeting in one of the new rooms. I’ll be waiting near the front door to guide people. I’m in a green shirt with yellow text.***
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- the trolley problem
- How do you define knowledge? What kinds of things can we know?
- Is collective responsibility a valid concept?
- Is there objective truth?
- Is there a God?
- Under what circumstances is abortion okay/what kinds of abortion should be legal?
- Is capital punishment good?
We often take breaks from heavy topics and crack jokes to lighten the mood.
There are two styles of discussion that seem to happen in this group. I call them wandering and linear. Wandering is when new questions that don’t tie back in to the original question are added before the first question comes to a conclusion. When I say conclusion, I just mean when everyone has made the points they want to make and everyone understands the points they want to understand, and maybe someone’s mind is changed. Linear is when we dive deep into the question, maybe going through the different possible answers, evaluating and critiquing each until we feel we have a good understanding of the concepts at play and which answers we like the best.
Everyone has their preference of these two. Personally, I can only contribute to linear conversations, though I find it interesting to listen to wandering conversations. I want everyone to be able to contribute, so here’s the format we will follow:
After deciding on general guidelines/dos and don’ts, we’ll see what questions people want answered.
We’ll choose one to start with, decide on the style we want to use for the first one, and soft time limit (which can be extended) to try to answer/discuss the question.
And we’ll just repeat that, taking breaks if we get into some of the more heavy questions, like the ones relating to morality.
Here’s an example of what it might look like:
1. Is knowledge possible to attain? (linear, 20 min)
2. Is capital punishment good (wandering, 30 min)
3. Is capital punishment good (linear, 10 min)
4. Is capital punishment good (wandering, 15 min)
5. Is knowledge possible to attain? (linear, 10 min)
So as you can see, we can repeat the same question, even repeat the same question in the same style, but we will alternate each time between wandering and linear to give everyone a chance to contribute. And feel free to contribute during both styles if you feel comfortable with that.
So if you’re cool with all that, come by! You don’t have to have a degree in philosophy, though if you do, we’d love to learn from you! You can come in just as an observer, too.
Special Considerations and Warnings
Feel free to bring food and drink.
If you’re easily offended, this event may not be for you.