Philo Agora 2015
7 for 7:30 at 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. (0457 749 310) Twice a month!
Philo Agora will now be meeting at the Humanist House, 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month. The second Monday will be our normal presentation from a guest speaker whilst the fourth Monday will be a less structured open forum for those just looking to hang out. Don't let the Humanist word worry you, we are still ratbag philosophers. Cover charge is $5 on the night.
The Broadway Hotel, a few doors down on Broadway, has re-opened as the Stone Crow. It is available for meals before the meeting and drinks afterwards.
This month, there will only be one meeting to be held on Monday, 27th July, John Smyth : ON BULLSHIT (Harry Frankfurt)
On Bullshit (2005), by Harry G. Frankfurt, is a philosophical essay that presents a theory of bullshit. The bullshitter is someone who doesn’t care whether the bullshit is true or false. Their principal aim — when uttering or publishing bullshit — is to impress the listener and the reader with words that communicate an impression that something is being or has been done, words that are neither true nor false, and so obscure the facts of the matter being discussed. In contrast, the liar must know the truth of the matter under discussion, in order to better conceal it from the listener or the reader being deceived with a lie; while the bullshitter’s sole concern is personal advancement and advantage to their own agenda.
Harry Frankfurt is professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University.
The talk will introduce his classic book On Bullshit and some of the professional critiques collected in Bullshit and Philosophy (2006 Open Court Publishing).
John Smyth has been regularily attending Philoagora for the last seven years and spends lots of time reading whatever non fiction books he finds interesting and worthwhile.
Philo Agora's format is a talk for 20 minutes starting at 7:15 for 7:30. The presenter then answers any questions of clarification from the floor. We then take a break of 10 minutes for more coffee and to mull over the talk and discuss it within small groups. The microphone is then passed around the audience for comment, opinion, and often counter argument to a maximum of 3 minutes. The presenter is then given a 5 minute right of reply. We usually finish up at 9pm.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.