13 Farm Road
Philosophy in Pubs
If you enjoy talking about the more important things in life you will love PIPs!
Philosophy in Pubs (PIPs) are a group of people who enjoy discussing their ideas and thoughts and learning from each other. No academic or formal background is necessary only a passion for enquiry.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SEPTEMBER’S PIPS WILL BE ON SUNDAY AT THE LATER TIME OF 7.30.
DO WE HAVE FREE WILL
Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action. It is closely linked to the concepts of responsibility, praise, guilt, sin, and other judgments which apply only to actions that are freely chosen. Traditionally, only actions that are freely willed are seen as deserving credit or blame; if there is no free will, there is no retributive justification for rewarding or punishing anybody for any action.
Free will gives the power to break the causal chain of events, so that one’s choice is uncaused by any previous event, external or internal. The concern for this conception of free will is to reconcile the existence of free will with the possibly deterministic nature of the universe. Does determinism suggest that only one course of events is possible, and is therefore inconsistent with the existence of free will. Or is determinism necessary for free will, as choice involves preference for one course of action over another, requiring a sense of how choices will turn out.
Is free will nothing more than freedom of action, or a psychological capacity, such as to direct one’s behaviour in a way responsive to reason?
Perhaps the idea of freedom and the will of the individual is an illusion, and it makes more sense to give one’s self up to a higher Will, allowing true freedom to take place.
A donation of £1 is appreciated.
Respect for others and their opinions is a fundamental requirement of the group as it encourages people to put forward their ideas without fear of ridicule, intimidation or hidden agenda
Please note, dates and times may change so please check events via the PIPs Meetup page.