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Philosophy 2
11.00 am - 2nd Wednesday of the month
Ring O Bells, Widcombe

We are a small and friendly group, originally known as “Exploring Philosophy”.

We are not experts: we are exploring and learning together.

Talks and discussions start at about 11.00am but we get together for coffee or tea soon after 10.45am. We finish at 12.30pm. At the moment our group has ten members and we are looking for an additional two members.


When we started, in January 2005, the way we operated was that for each session someone volunteered to choose and present a topic, which was then followed by some discussion.

In May 2007 we started to use the book Philosophy - Basic Readings (Second Edition) edited by Nigel Warburton (Routledge, 2005). This is an anthology of writings by many different philosophers. We chose a chapter to read before each meeting, and used this as the basis for our discussion. One of us took responsibility for structuring the discussion, but there was no need for that person to prepare a presentation and there was much more time for everyone to have their say in the meeting.

From June to November 2009, we discussed some topics raised in the "Grayling's Question" column in Prospect Magazine.

Since December 2009, we have been working through the main philosophers from the pre-Socratics up to the present. As a guide, we used Philosophy - 100 Essential Thinkers by Philip Stokes.

Since early 2016 we have extended our source documentation, as a means of identifying topics for discussion, to include the following books/magazine:
1. Philosophy Key Themes (second edition) by Julian Baggini and Gareth Southwell.
2. JUSTICE What's the Right thing to do ? by Michael J. Sandel
3. Philosophy Now magazine

We would welcome enquiries from interested members. If you'd like more information, u3a members can contact us via the details in the members’ newsletter. Non-members can email us at:

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