Celebration of philosophy in Sheffield throughout the city
Think Together Sheffield, a new partnership that aims to get people to philosophize in Sheffield, is hosting a Week of Philosophical Thinking Celebration, inspired by World Philosophy Day on Thursday, November 18.
Today’s events include environmental philosophy and a creative writing workshop and all events are aimed at people of all ages to try their hand at informal philosophy.
Sheffield’s Philosophy in Pubs group, which combines provoking discussions and enjoying a pint at two meetings each month, is also involved and hosted a session earlier in the week.
Grace Lockrobin, a self-proclaimed ‘public philosopher’, said: âPeople might be tempted to view philosophical conversations as a luxury at best and irrelevant at worst.
âBut I have found philosophy to be essential to a better understanding of yourself, others, and the world we share.
âThese are interesting and accessible conversations that are an antidote to the unsatisfying gossip and disturbing polarization we see in private and public discourse.
âCommunity philosophy is a way of thinking about what really matters to you and learning to see problems through the eyes of others.
The #PhiloFest will culminate on Saturday, November 20 with a philosophical community inquiry at the National Fairground and Circus Archive (The University of Sheffield) which is open to everyone.
People are invited to explore the exhibits from 2 p.m. before participating in the survey from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Questions to ask include what exactly is meant by the thrill of the circus and the fun of the fair?
The organizers will not have a marquee but it will be a fun and lively discussion, drawing on circus and fairground traditions from different cultures and perspectives.
A member of an after-school philosophy club linked to the celebration, Valentine, said: âI think P4C is great and it can help with life issues, and you should try to add some P4C to your life and think more deeply about what someone said if you don’t understand it.