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Schedule

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

Topic Venue Presenter Date Time
Science V Religion? Veritas (Leeds) Ian 14/10/2019 13:45
Richard Dawkins has published a new book in which he attacks creationism and other literal interpretations of religious texts. He criticises these views as unscientific. But is he right to extend this critique to religion more generally and to religious education in schools? Altrnatively, science claims to be neutral and objective. Does this exclude questions of ethics and morals, which might be seen as the concerns of religion?
Nature - Nurture (is it really a dichotomy?) The Crown (Liverpool) Open forum 14/10/2019 14:15
Eastern Influences on Western Philosophy Lime Kiln (Concert Square) Mike 14/10/2019 18:15
When is it justified to break the law? The Saracen's Head (Stockton Heath) 14/10/2019 19:00
What is Sanity? The Ostrich Hotel (Prestwich) Estelle 14/10/2019 20:00
Pernkops Dilemma The Victoria (Waterloo) Paul Baker 15/10/2019 18:30
Review + Choosing topics Keith's Wine Bar (L'pool South) The group 15/10/2019 19:15
Why does sport matter? The Rose & Crown (Bebington) Martin 16/10/2019 13:00
The Banality of Evil The Royal Clifton Hotel (Southport) Neil 16/10/2019 19:00
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When does optimism become foolhardiness? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 16/10/2019 19:30
Marx Study Group Jack Jones House Grazia 17/10/2019 18:00
As per our programme we will be discussing: WHAT IS MEANT BY NEO-LIBERALISM? Bernie has kindly agreed to prepare a paper on the topic. It will be circulated ahead of the meeting.
What is meant by term 'Neo Liberalism'? Jack Jones House Bernard - Facilitator Minnie 17/10/2019 18:00
We will be considering the variety of meanings and use of the term 'Neo-liberalism' in current political debates. A new and permanent form of the social relations of capital in a globalised economy or an ideological response to crisis?
Philosophic Method...? The Crown (Liverpool) Paul D 21/10/2019 14:15
Pereira Maintains The Vernon Jim 21/10/2019 18:15
Tabucchi.
Is war functional for society? The Perch Rock (New Brighton) Open forum 21/10/2019 19:00
Is war functional for society? 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 Just War theory. Are there any positive consequences to large scale violence?
An Introduction to David Hume (Course) The Ship & Mitre (upstairs) Sean Timmins 21/10/2019 19:00
A SHORT COURSE ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF DAVID HUME: A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE.
Antisemitism? Bluecoat Art Centre (Liverpool) Phylis 22/10/2019 13:00
Schopenhauer The Victoria (Waterloo) Paul T 22/10/2019 18:30
Open Forum Keith's Wine Bar (L'pool South) Open forum 22/10/2019 19:15
Spirituality and Mind? Halfway House (Childwall) Paul D 24/10/2019 19:15
Innate Concepts? (Helen Keller) The Crown (Liverpool) Open forum 28/10/2019 14:15
An Introduction to David Hume (Course) The Ship & Mitre (upstairs) Sean Timmins 28/10/2019 19:00
A SHORT COURSE ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF DAVID HUME: A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE.
Human Behaviour and Technology! The Crown (Liverpool) Open forum 04/11/2019 14:15
What are most entertaining Fictions and Fallacies today? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) Open forum 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 Fictions and Fallacies today?
An Introduction to David Hume (Course) The Ship & Mitre (upstairs) Sean Timmins 04/11/2019 19:00
A SHORT COURSE ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF DAVID HUME: A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE.
TBA The Dog & Partridge (Sheffield) Rosie 04/11/2019 19:45
Is Political Violence Ever Justified? The Cock Hotel (Wellington) Jamie 06/11/2019 19:00
TBA The Royal Clifton Hotel (Southport) TBA 06/11/2019 19:00
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To be revealed on the night! The Exchange (Leicester) Clare 06/11/2019 19:20
How to live a good life? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 06/11/2019 19:30
TBA Ramsbottom (Rose & Crown) Rob 07/11/2019 19:30
Art for Art's Sake The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Paul D 09/11/2019 11:00
Short script as stimulus to enquiry.
Utilitarianism (Bentham/Mill) The Crown (Liverpool) Keith 11/11/2019 14:15
ANARCHISM? The Ostrich Hotel (Prestwich) Open forum 11/11/2019 20:00
Can We Live Without Rules?
TBA The Pack Horse (Leeds) Ollie 13/11/2019 18:00
PIP's Social Event! The Victoria (Waterloo) Social Secretary 17/11/2019 17:00
A CHEESE,TAPAS,WINE, and QUIZ EVENING - FOR DETAILS CONTACT PATTY HEARNE (Social Sec) at - patty.hearne@outlook.com
Have our politicians let us down? The Perch Rock (New Brighton) Open forum 18/11/2019 19:00
Have our politicians let us down? 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? What do contemporary philosophers say on these matters? What you say on these matters, matters much more! This is the last, at least for this year, in our series on political philosophy.
An Introduction to David Hume (Course) The Ship & Mitre (upstairs) Sean Timmins 18/11/2019 19:00
A SHORT COURSE ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF DAVID HUME: A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE.
TBA The Royal Clifton Hotel (Southport) TBA 20/11/2019 19:00
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Humane farming; is it possible? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 20/11/2019 19:30
Marxian Book Fair The Casa Bar (Liverpool) Marxist study group 23/11/2019 11:00
Merseyside Marxian Bookfair - to be held at The Casa on Saturday 23rd November 11am-4pm. (http://merseysidemarxistbookfair.uk/)
An Introduction to David Hume (Course) The Ship & Mitre (upstairs) Sean Timmins 25/11/2019 19:00
A SHORT COURSE ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF DAVID HUME: A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE.
What is Literature? The Sportsman (Huddersfield) Open forum 02/12/2019 19:00
Should Bob Dylan have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?
Is Man an Animal Like any Other? The Cock Hotel (Wellington) Sylvie 04/12/2019 19:00
Euthanasia. Compassion or murder? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 04/12/2019 19:30
Christmas Special The Ostrich Hotel (Prestwich) Phil 09/12/2019 20:00
PIP's Christmas Party! Flanagan's Apple Restaurant/Bar Merseyside PIPs 13/12/2019 19:00
Stepping through the Ages The Perch Rock (New Brighton) Open forum 16/12/2019 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. The Philosophy of Change looks at how we live our lives and cope with these changes. How do we handle these challenges today and are there new factors that will make this easier or harder for our children?
Xmas? To be confirmed. The Blue Bell (Eccles) 18/12/2019 19:30
Can we teach empathy? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 15/01/2020 19:30
Restrict speech? See note. The Blue Bell (Eccles) 05/02/2020 19:30
Lordable attempts to restrict speech can quickly become a tool to silence critics and oppress minorities" Obama 2012. Discuss.
How do we prioritise conflicting rights? (Who's rights are more right?) The Blue Bell (Eccles) 19/02/2020 19:30
When is it appropriate to keep secrets? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 04/03/2020 19:30
How do we stay human in a digital landscape? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 18/03/2020 19:30
Should animals have rights? The Blue Bell (Eccles) 01/04/2020 19:30