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Here are all the up and coming enquiry topics and events.

Topic Venue Presenter Date Time
Self Identity The Crown Hotel (Liverpool) Shirin 22/04/2019 14:15
Open Forum The Victoria Hotel (Waterloo) 23/04/2019 00:00
The Envious Era Bluecoat Art Centre (Liverpool) Alan 23/04/2019 13:00
Why we covet the lives of others...
Fatalism, Freewill + Determinism. Keith's Wine Bar (L'pool South) Paul D 23/04/2019 19:15
Is cognitive bias avoidable? The George Hotel (Bridport) Rob 24/04/2019 19:30
Punishment? The Halfway House (Childwall) Open forum 25/04/2019 19:15
Is punishment about the common good or more to do with vengeance?
The concept of Whitness The Friday Forum (Liverpool) Corrie 29/04/2019 14:00
Using the phrase ‘ concept of whiteness’ I mean every thought the word conjures up in the brain- everything associated with the word. eg some poems, white blossom , scientific knowledge, bathroom suites,clouds
Soul Survivor The Victoria Hotel (Waterloo) Paul B. 30/04/2019 18:30
Fashion! Rose and Crown (Bebington Village) Siobhan 01/05/2019 13:00
Is anything truly objective in life or is it all subjective? The Cock Hotel (Wellington) 01/05/2019 19:00
Open Forum The Clifton Hotel conservatory (Southport) Keith T 01/05/2019 19:00
Human rights vs responsibilities The Blue Bell (Eccles) Sarah 01/05/2019 19:30
Self-driving cars - ethics The Plough Inn (Herefordshire) 01/05/2019 20:00
Killed by a self driving car - not an accident but programmed by someone else's ethics.
The Testament of Mary The Queen Hotel (Chester) Claire 05/05/2019 14:00
Carpe Diem? The Halfway House (Childwall) Open forum 09/05/2019 19:15
Democracy in question! The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Alan Barton 11/05/2019 11:00
Paradoxically, today citizens are freer than ever before, but have lost the feeling that their vote really matters. Surveys indicate that enthusiasm for democracy has declined in most Western societies and that the decline is particularly visible among the younger generations. What then is the future of democracy?
TBA Veritas (Leeds) Open forum 13/05/2019 13:45
Ruskin Lime Kiln (Concert Square) Tad 13/05/2019 18:00
Can socialism succeed in the 21st century? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The group 13/05/2019 19:00
Are we as a species able to stop the destruction of the natural world? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Trish 15/05/2019 19:30
Marx Study Group Jack Jones House (Unite Building) Paul B Smith 16/05/2019 18:00
Work: who needs it? The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 20/05/2019 19:00
Following the end of the Finnish trial of Universal Income, what lessons have we learnt? The future of work was raised in our session in January, so by looking at the Finnish experiment we should have some data to inform our discussion
Immortality? The Halfway House (Childwall) Open forum 23/05/2019 19:15
What are our - selves? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The group 03/06/2019 19:00
What are our 'selves' - brains? regenerating bodies? social constructions? or something else?
What is beauty? The Cock Hotel (Wellington) 05/06/2019 19:00
What does it mean to be a grown-up? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Jenny 05/06/2019 19:30
When the milestones of adulthood are delayed...
PIP's National Festival Adelphi Hotel (Liverpool City Centre) Merseyside PIPs 07/06/2019 16:00
Opening day - registration in main lounge from 4pm - Dinner 5.30pm - 6.45pm Welcome (Derby Room) 7pm: Opening Panel Debate. 9pm: Stand-up Philosophy.
PIP's National Festival Adelphi Hotel (Liverpool City Centre) Merseyside PIPs 08/06/2019 09:30
Panel Debates / Round table discussions / City Cafe Enquiry / Literary Envelopes / Key note speaker / City walk / Workshops / Celebration
PIP's National Festival Adelphi Hotel (Liverpool City Centre) Merseyside PIPs 09/06/2019 09:30
Panel Debate / Round table discussions / City Pub Enquiry / Speaker / Weekend Review.
Let's get Enlightened... The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 17/06/2019 19:00
Moving onto the Age of Enlightenment we take a look at the work of the political thinkers of the time such as Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, amongst many others. Propelled by the changing times and the greater freedom to express ideas, how did these philosophers respond or was it just something to do with the wigs they wore?
What is my purpose in society? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Joerge 19/06/2019 19:30
Listening to Joerge?
Marx Study Group Jack Jones House (Unite Building) Paul B Smith 20/06/2019 18:00
Priests, Politicians and Virtue. The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The group 01/07/2019 19:00
Priest and politicians claim to be virtuous - are they? How should they be virtuous?
Free will The Cock Hotel (Wellington) 03/07/2019 19:00
Benefits of philosophical thinking - Discuss. The Blue Bell (Eccles) Mike 03/07/2019 19:30
Freedom - an empty concept! The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Paul D 13/07/2019 11:00
Ethics of the Future The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 15/07/2019 19:00
How do we take account of future generations when we consider our ethical values and actions? The article reexamines utilitarianism, as promoted by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, and suggests that 'pianism' might be more appropriate in this context.
Why do we have huge inequalities? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Peter 17/07/2019 19:30
Be prepared to make an equal contribution.
Bullshit Jobs? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The Sportsmen 05/08/2019 19:00
What kind of jobs are the bullshit jobs? Which could be removed or replaced by a computer system, with little negative impact? (David Graeber book 2018)
How can we formulate philosophical questions? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Maggie 07/08/2019 19:30
How should I know?
Fashion! The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Siobhan 10/08/2019 11:00
On your Marx.. The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 19/08/2019 19:00
Revolutions are as old as human society, but in the mid 19th Century Karl Marx combined social re-engineering and economics to map out an alternative classless world. The term communism goes back as far as, yes, you’ve guessed it, Aristotle’s The Politics and most probably earlier. However, Marx’s critique of Capitalism was a catalyst to a succession of great literature on the evil’s of this economic system that continues to this day, for example Piketty’s Capital of 2013.A discussion on the continued relevance of Marx and his peers is unavoidable in any review of modern political theory.
Why do we expect the Universe of Randomness to be fair? The Blue Bell (Eccles) Jane 21/08/2019 19:30
How can we achieve happiness? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The Sportsmen 02/09/2019 19:00
Can we critique Islamic culture? The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Open forum 14/09/2019 11:00
Is Judging Islamic Culture Possible?...................... ................... https://philosophynow.org/issues/102/Is_Judging_Islamic_Culture_Possible
Is war functional for society? The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 16/09/2019 19:00
Some of you may recall that last year Mike encouraged us to look at Emile Durkheim’s theory that crime is functional for society. This approach moves beyond that idea and, perhaps, gives a different slant on the Just War theory. Are there any positive consequences to large scale violence?
What isn't Ideology? The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Open forum 12/10/2019 11:00
Have our politicians let us down? The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 21/10/2019 19:00
We have seen recent referendums capture the attention of the public and lead to large voting turnouts. However, have the resultant divisions and political turmoil been worth it. This is a non-partisan look at the machinery of today's politics and those that manage and/or exploit them. Are there better alternatives?
Today's Fictions and Fallacies The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The Sportsmen 04/11/2019 19:00
Jeremy Bentham (1824) wrote wittily about fictions and fallacies based on what he learned when studying the House of Commons. What are the most entertaining (or possibly insidious) fictions and fallacies today?
Stepping through the Ages. The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 18/11/2019 19:00
There have been numerous attempts to categorise the various phases of life, such as the Three Ages of Man by Titian or the Seven Ages of Man by Shakespeare. These artists have used their talents to examine and express the challenges we all face as we transition between different stages in our lives. How do we handle these challenges today and are there new factors that will make this easier or harder for our children?
What is good literature? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) The Sportsmen 02/12/2019 19:00
What is good literature? Should Bob Dylan have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature?
Winter Equinox Special (TBA) The Perch Rock Hotel (New Brighton) The group 18/12/2019 19:00
We choose the evenings topic on the night The Exchange (Leicester) Group 02/12/2020 00:00