Events

Literature & Philosophy Events

Join us for our next Meeting on Thursday 19th May 2022 at 7pm 

For any queries email Lukasz at contact@creativetogether.ie

The Philosopher’s Hat Club invites participants to put their philosopher’s hat on, and once a month to engage in a meaningful and facilitated conversation, about the world we live in, with other participants. And have fun, of course!

The theme for this edition of the Philosopher’s Hat Club is:

#god #evil #atheism

Our special guest will talk about the problem of evil and whether it is a powerful objection to belief in God, which in his view is. This will take the form of a presentation with a Q&A session with our guest. We will allow some time afterwards for an enquiry into questions raised by the presentation. 

OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Dr Stephen Law – Director of the Certificate in Higher Education and Director of Studies Philosophy at Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He was formerly Reader in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is best known for his popular work – including The Philosophy Gym, The Complete Philosophy Files, and The Great Philosophers, and for his research in the philosophy of religion. He was a postman before applying to university as a mature student (no A Levels). Holds BPhil and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford where he was also a junior research fellow. Follow Stephen on twitter: @stephenlaw60

All members have free access to all our online events.

Membership with a free trial is available on our website -https://www.creativetogether.ie/join-philosophers-hat-club

The upcoming events are: 

16TH JUNE – GREAT THINKERS’ BAD IDEAS &
BAD THINKERS’ GREAT IDEAS
HOW MUCH CAN WE TRUST PHILOSOPHERS?

MEMBERSHIP

THIS IS A DONATION-BASED EVENT, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. ALL CLUB MEMBERS COME FREE. GET YOUR MEMBERSHIP HERE

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THE CLUB

The Philosopher’s Hat Club was launched online on 4th February 2021, inviting participants to put their philosopher’s hat on, once a month to engage in meaningful and facilitated conversation.  The Club is a joint venture between Creative Together and Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other. The initiative is supported by Spot Lit EU in association with the Western Development Commission. 

We nearly all have some assumptions about how the world works.  Examining these assumptions is what philosophy is really about.  We can often find ourselves in a black and white world, especially on social media. The club offers participants an opportunity to develop a more nuanced look at the world, in the form of an open inquiry with other participants. Although the topics can sometimes be serious, the tone of the meetings will be light and fun. The Philosopher’s Hat Club aims to bring delight in thinking together and thinking well. It also hopes to answer a need for people to connect during times where physical contact and movement is restricted due to the COVID virus.

Monthly events introduce a different topic each time. The club aims to make those as relevant to the world we live in today as possible. There are many threads in classical philosophy that are still as valid today as they were in the past. And there are many issues and problems facing today’s world that require a deeper reflection in search for new solutions. Each topic will come with a recommended reading list of interesting books.

The meetings will be facilitated by Lukasz Krzywon from Creative Together (based in Cong, Co. Mayo) and Brid Conroy from Tertulia bookshop (Westport, Co. Mayo).  Both share an interest in philosophy and philosophical thinking. Lukasz is a philosopher, author and educator. He is passionate about teaching children how to think well and about introducing important ideas using philosophical enquiry into Irish classrooms. He has trained with the best facilitators in Ireland and UK.

Brid, whose background is also in philosophy, aims to make a positive contribution to the way the world thinks through her bookshop, Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other.  Pre-Covid Lukasz and Brid organised a number events at the bookshop on issues relating to Climate Change, Philosophy and Poetry.  When Covid hit Ireland, they conducted a successful pilot for conducting meetings on-line and has continued as a great success with participants from Georgia, New York, Poland, Saudi Arabia.