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’.