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Philosophy Breakfast – Jan 2023

Event Details

Course runs each Saturday over successive weeks
Date: 14/01/2023 - 11/02/2023 | Venue: The Bookshop Shed
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Part I of a two-part course
with Dr Nicholas Joll

Even More Philosophical Passages: Positivism

Saturday 10.00 – 11.30 14th Jan – 11th Feb



Weekly topics:

1     Hume and early Wittgenstein
2     Comte
3     Ayer
4     Carnap
5     Neurath

The course uses passages in order to consider the philosophical trend known as ‘positivism’ together with opposition to that trend. No prior reading is required: in each session, the passages at issue will be distributed as handouts. (I know of no book that would serve well as background – except perhaps the pictured book by Ayer; but there are plenty of relevant chapters, articles and encyclopaedia articles.) Continental breakfast will be provided.

Central issues include: to what does a statement owe its meaning? does knowledge have a foundation? is all knowledge scientific? what can philosophy do for ethics and for society? is there something wrong with metaphysics?

The fee for this 5 week course is £70 which includes a continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

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