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philosopher's hat club
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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 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 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 Covid hit Ireland, they conducted a successful pilot for conducting meetings on-line.
Regular monthly events
Monthly events will 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 will come 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!
Connecting through philosophy
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 a 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.
At the moment meetings are free but require booking a place in advance. In the future, the club will work on a membership basis as a contribution towards the cost of running the events. Donations are welcome when booking tickets. It is anticipated that quarterly events will be held in Westport when this is possible. Experts will be invited to some of the meetings. On the 4th March, we welcomed a special guest, Nigel Warburton, the author of a very popular A little History of Philosophy.
The next event on the 6th of May is entitled Searching for meaning in a postmodern world and we'll discuss how the progress of sciences has changed the understanding of our place in the cosmos.
WHAT DID THE PARTICIPANTS GET OUT OF OUR EVENTS?
"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."
Philosopher’s Hat Club - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a short feedback what happened, so we can learn from it and make the events better.