Philosophy


The Philosophy Group is a discussion group. At a typical meeting we would discuss the ideas and thinking of a philosopher which we have read about since our last meeting.

We are presently following the stories of philosophers in The Story of Philosophy by Bryan Magee. The lives and ideas of the philosophers are described chronologically from the time of Socrates. The book ends with some ideas of what might happen in the twenty-first century. Each short chapter is generally devoted to one philosopher.


We started with the ideas Socrates and his pupil Plato. By October 2015 we had reached Nietzsche, who is famous for writing that ‘God is Dead’.

In the past we read about René Descartes, who wrote ‘I think therefore I am’. I rather like the quote from Johann Fichte who wrote ‘What sort of philosophy one chooses depends on what sort of person one is’.


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