New philosophy club takes flight

Staying In

CIRCULAR REASONING A pre-Covid philophy meeting in Tertulia Bookshop, Westport.

Every month from February 4, The Philosopher’s Hat Club will be inviting participants to put their philosopher’s hat and engage in meaningful facilitated conversation about the world in which we live.
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.
Philosophy is really about examining the assumptions we make about the world, and the club offers participants the chance to develop a more nuanced outlook through 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 in thinking well. It also hopes to answer a need for people to connect during times where physical contact and movement is restricted due to covid-19.
Monthly events will introduce a different topic each time, and each topic will come with a recommended reading list of interesting books. The meetings will be facilitated by philosopher, author and educator Lukasz Krzywon from Creative Together (based in Cong) and Bríd Conroy from Tertulia bookshop in Westport, whose background is also in philosophy. Pre-Covid, Lukasz and Brid organised a number events at the bookshop on issues relating to climate change, philosophy and poetry, and since the pandemic hit Ireland, they have conducted a successful pilot for meetings online.
The first few Philosopher’s Hat meetings will be free, but places must be booked in advance. Experts will be invited to some of the meetings, and on March 4, the club will welcome a special guest, Nigel Warburton, author of the very popular ‘A little History of Philosophy’, a great start for anyone interested in philosophy.
The club’s first meeting on February 4 will explore the theme of happiness during extreme circumstances. The event will be held on Zoom. To book your place online, search for Philosopher’s Hat on Eventbrite or check the website.