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The University of the Third Age - Welwyn Hatfield

Philosophy '1' Study Group

Meetings are held on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12 noon at 33, Reddings, Welwyn Garden City.

Group Leader: Ann Smith, 'phone 01707 893933

We learn through individuals reading to the group from books by philosophers ancient and current, and also through discussionn of points raised in the session. Everyone's view is courteously listened to.

Philosophy '2' Study Group

Meetings are held at Raúl's house in Welwyn, on alternate Fridays from 14.30 to 16.30.

Group Leader: Raúl Curiel, 01438 715 803

Ever wondered what it's all about? How things come to pass, whether we are free to decide what we do, what is the answer to "the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything"? (and no, it is not "42", in spite of Douglas Adams's excellent spoof).

Well, others of course have grappled with these and many more intricate questions throughout the ages. Have these questions changed from Plato's time to our own? Do they have any possible answers (Russell)? Is it all in the eye of the beholder (Berkeley)? Is it in the language we choose to ask these questions (Wittgenstein, Derrida)? Is it just a meaningless exercise in mental gymnastics, indeed is it just a way to pass the time...? (Sartre; Beckett)

Some have recently argued that the Western philosophical tradition is finished, that the most important philosophical questions are now being asked by advanced physicists - and answered by them! And that we need a deep understanding of advanced mathematics to understand it.

Now you too can have chance to dabble in these arcane matters! This newly formed Group aims to explore the rich world of Western ideas; some may appear dated and largely irrelevant, overtaken by developments in science, politics, jurisprudence, etc, but others may be just a relevant today as they were when first coined.

Come and join us!

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