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15th of June, Film Showing of ‘Waking Life’

June 8, 2009

On Monday, the Society will be screening ‘Waking Life‘, a film about someone who has a dream, with dramatic consequences. Or possibly no consequences. It definitely involves talking about philosophy, including such highly-esteemed isms as existentialism, situationism, and post-humanism.

The film will be shown in Pembroke college at 8.00, in the Boro room, and wine will be served, as usual. Following the film, we will talk about what it all means, and any thoughts or non-thoughts stimulated by it.


21st May: How do we know what we know?

May 10, 2009

The Society’s next meeting will be held onĀ  Tuesday 19th EDIT: Thursday 21st (4th week), in the Old Law Library, Magdalen college, on the topic:

“How do we know what we know?”kant

Is the way we know about the world ‘distorted’ by the limitations of our mental faculties?

We see the world in a limited way because of the limitations of our eyes – we don’t see the full range of colours, we can only see objects at a macroscopic level, only from one angle, only relative to a source of illumination etc.

Can an analogy by drawn from our optic systems to our cognitive systems?

Thursday 7th: Philosophy and Society

May 5, 2009

Our first meeting this term is at 7.30, Thursday the 7th of May, in the Old Law Library, Magdalen College.

In this meeting, held jointly with the PPE Society, will discuss the relationship between philosophy and the society it arises in.


How are philosophers conditioned? Do certain theoretical positions reflect certain sorts of society or certain sorts of social positions? What is the role of economics, politics, demographics, linguistics, and culture?

Philosophy is often supposed to deal with timeless a priori truths. But if its subject-matter is timeless, then why does it change so much over time? Can an understanding of its relationship to the rest of society help to answer this question?

What are the implications if it does? If philosophy reflects society, then can we adopt any philosophy as true without implying the superiority of a certain society? If we can’t, should we care?

The meeting will begin with a short talk suggesting a link between changes in mainstream philosophy of mind and changes in the dominance of difference social classes. After that the discussion will be open to all and our topics will be limited only by where the argument leads us!

Wine will be served.