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philosopher's hat club

  • A Thinking Cap

    30€
    Every year
    Club Membership
     30 day free trial
    • Free access to monthly meetings
    • Priority notifications
    • Philosopher's Hat Classics Chat
    • 10% of books from the recommended reading list
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    Patrons' Membership
     30 day free trial
    • Free access to monthly meetings
    • Priority notifications
    • 10% of books from the recommended reading list
    • 10% of the annual event
    • Philosopher's Hat Classics Chat
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connecting through philosophy

 

Ever find yourself in a world that seems black and white? Join us at The Philosopher’s Hat Club, where we unravel assumptions and explore the myriad shades of our perceptions. Philosophy, at its core, is about questioning the world we live in, and our club provides a unique space for open enquiry with fellow participants.

In a time where social media often paints issues in stark contrasts, our club offers a refreshing opportunity to develop a more nuanced understanding of the world. While our chosen topics are serious, our meetings are light-hearted and fun. The Philosopher’s Hat Club aims to infuse delight into thinking together and thinking well.

Open Enquiry: Engage in open and thoughtful discussions with fellow participants.

 

Light and Fun Atmosphere: While our topics are serious, our meetings are filled with light-heartedness and joy.

 

World of Ideas: We expose the public to diverse ideas, inviting participants to collectively explore and question them.

 

Open to All: No philosophical background required, just a willingness to engage in meaningful conversations.

Join The Philosopher’s Hat Club and discover the joy of thinking together, as we weave a tapestry of ideas and curiosity.

About the club

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.

 

The Club is a joint venture between Creative Together and Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other, and the initiative is supported by Spot Lit EU in association with the Western Development Commission.  

The meetings are organised by Lukasz Krzywon from Creative Together (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 the UK. Brid, whose background is also in philosophy aims, to make a positive contribution to the way the world thinks through Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other.  Pre Covid Lukasz and Brid organised several events at the bookshop on issues relating to Climate Change, Philosophy, and Poetry. Since the first lockdown, they conducted a successful pilot for conducting meetings online and now run monthly events for over a year.  

Our club was featured in The Irish Times in the Unthinkable column by Joe Humphrey.

Code of Conduct:

  • We are all co-creating a safe space for thinking together on interesting topics. Participation is voluntary.

  • Our meetings are not debates. We are not here to win in the discussion but to enjoy it.

  • Our meetings are not opinion forums. Support your claims with arguments that can be challenged by anyone in the group.

  • Respect all participants. Listen attentively. Speak respectfully.

  • Try to be concise and to the point. Make space for others.

  • No verbal or written (chat) abuse will be tolerated.

  • If anyone breaks the rules, the facilitators hold the right to block the person or ask the person to leave the meeting.

  • If you’re not happy about any aspect of the meeting please write to contact@creativetogether.ie with short feedback on what happened, so we can learn from it and make the events better. 

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Regular monthly events

 

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. Many threads in classical philosophy are still as valid today as they were before. And there are many issues and problems facing today’s world that require a deeper reflection in search of new solutions. Each topic comes with a recommended reading list of interesting books.

The club launched its first event on the 4th of February exploring the theme of happiness during extreme circumstances.  The events are held on Zoom. Participants are expected to have a working camera and microphone. Don't forget a hat!

About next event 

ORAL TRADITION IN AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY

Talking Philosophy, Finding Connections

 

#africanphilosophy #africanaphilosophy #oraltradition #historyofphilosophy

Prof Imbo wants to talk about connecting oral traditions, cultures, and political philosophy. Okot p'Bitek in his poems and Henry Odera Oruka’s Sage Philosophy both have connections to political philosophy. In Odera's short essay Ideology and Culture(in Philosophy and Cultures, the proceedings he edited with Masolo in 1983), he sketches a continuum of several types of cultural consciousness. Imbo's presentation distinguishes this rich understanding of cultures from oft-discussed ethnophilosophical, Ubuntu or Negritude orientations. In an African context where cultures are constantly being recreated, conflicts over cultural values have philosophical and political implications. For nation states, there are clear applications to upholding human rights. For philosophy, Odera's discussions of cultural fundamentals are a fruitful starting point for branching off into an exploration of what this would mean for meaningful PanAfrican dialogue. Prof Imbo interprets Sage Philosophy ultimately as a warning against essentialist ways of thinking about orality, culture and identity - and the discipline of philosophy.

Samuel Imbo is a professor of philosophy and department chair. He holds the Endowed Hanna Chair in Philosophy. He arrived at Hamline in 1996 after earning his BA (Hons) in 1985 from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and his graduate degrees, both the MA (1990) and the PhD (1995), from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His teaching, writing, and research interests are in the areas of comparative philosophy, African philosophy, and social and political philosophy. Sam combines his training in philosophy with an interest in study abroad and has led study abroad trips to Kenya and Jamaica. He also taught a block seminar in Germany at Trier University in 2008 on the theme of American Islam. And, during the academic year 2013-14, Sam was the Resident Director of the Hamline in York Program at the University of York in England.

From Fall 2015 until January 2017 Sam served as Interim Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts. He received a Fulbright Award to lecture in Japan in Spring 2017.

Philosopher's Hat Classics Reading and Chat

 

We are now opening a separate dedicated WhatsApp chat for those who'd like to join us in reading classical philosophical texts at a slow pace, allowing us to understand and digest those important texts. Members will be asked to read a couple of pages every week and discuss them via messages on WhatsApp. All members have free access to this chat. Last year we discussed Plato's  Symposium and now we focus on poetry.

WHAT DID THE PARTICIPANTS GET OUT OF OUR EVENTS?

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"Positive experience of dialogue with thoughtful people. Affirmative energy."

"A lot of food for thought, a feeling of ease among people I do not know."

"A great discussion with wonderful hosts and great people. Learning from each other."

 

"Great to learn, discuss, and be part of something bigger."

"Social Philosophy - the chance to think about big ideas with others in a casual and fun way." 

 

"This was awesome! Thanks to the hosts and everyone there for the excellent, thought-provoking discussion!"

"An opportunity to explore the big questions in company with others who don’t have the answers either."

Our partner - Tertulia, Bookshop Like No Other in Westport

 

Tertulia is a Spanish word for a circle of people who meet regularly to discuss literature, art, what’s going on in the world or just to gossip!

 

We all want to feel part of something and we envisage Tertulia as a space to reach out to people, provide a forum for stretching our assumptions about the world, enjoy a coffee, a glass of wine, a conversation or lose yourself in a really great book.

 

The mission of Tertulia, Bookshop Like No Other is therefore to contribute to a positive change in the way the world thinks. The vision of Tertulia is to live in a world where every story matters, to live in a world that understands that (our) stories are interconnected. It is this understanding that can help make our world a more equal society.

Our bookshop stocks the books we ourselves would love to read and we do read many of them of course.  We have coffee to sit and chat, explore the world in a place surrounded by books.  We host authors and events where like-minded people can get together and at times over a glass of wine.

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