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Philosophy Club: Home

When do we meet?

Time: Thursdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Multi Faith Centre

Philosophy Club also welcomes online attendance. It is using the Collaborate online meeting software and we have a guide available if you have never used it before.  You just need to press the button below to join online.

What's Philosophy Club about?

Activity: Open discussion inspired by the reading set week by week. No onus on anyone to talk if they don’t wish to, anyone is welcome to come along and just listen to others if this is what they want to do. Staff and Students are both welcome. Feel free to bring your own ideas for meetings that could be added to the calendar.

Nature of reading: Short and manageable extracts that identify a philosophical theme / subject each week.

What are the talking points?

3rd November – No planned reading – Open Discussion

10th November – Jeremy Bentham and Utilitarianism – Part 4, Chapter 1 of Anthony Kenny’s ‘History of Western Philosophy’ 


17th November – Philosophy within Terry Pratchett – Discussion Lead our Chaplain, Stuart. (Reading to be confirmed)

24th November – Kant on Morality – Part 3, Chapter 8, starting at page 698 of Anthony Kenny’s ‘History of Western Philosophy’ 

Where can I find these books, essays and chapters?

All of the discussion points are freely available for students and staff of UON, just make sure that you are logged into NELSON.

Previous readings, for your interest

‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold – Do we live in a post faith / post truth world? 

Discussion on Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ at the start of  Book VII in The Republic -  Pages 469 – 475 in this edition

‘Before the Law’ or Chapter 9 of ‘The Trial’ by Franz Kafka

The first Chapter of ‘After Virtue’ by Alasdair MacIntyre. A Discussion on the nature of morality in the modern world

Book V, Chapter 5 of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – ‘The Grand Inquisitor'. A Discussion on the challenges of belief