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Philosophy for Beginners @ Mayo County Library, Castlebar

November 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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What is Philosophy?

Well it is made up of two Greek words: philo and sophia translated as “love of wisdom”. But what is wisdom and how can one set about pursuing it, where would you start? According to Plato philosophy starts with wonder, according to Aristotle it starts with curiosity.

But why bother with Philosophy at all?

Socrates maintained that the reason he philosophized was because the unexamined life was not worth living but was he correct, how about the so-called bliss of ignorance, highly underrated perhaps?

Over a series of ten sessions we will grapple with various questions such as ‘What is the meaning of life?’ ‘What’s so bad about death, given you’re not around?’ Can life only be fully lived if it has no meaning?’ ‘Is there a God?’ We will look at how these and other questions have preoccupied philosophers down the centuries and what responses philosophers have made to these questions. We will also look behind these questions and see what assumptions they contain.

Each session will begin with a short twenty minute input from the facilitator and the rest of the session will be made up of a structured dialogue and enquiry. The focus on this course is on philosophy as an activity rather than a course on the history of ideas. The objective of the course is to support and develop the participant’s ability to critically analysis concepts, values and beliefs, those of others and their own.


Monday evenings 8pm – 9:15pm
Commencing Monday 1st October 2018, it runs for ten weeks
The cost to participants is €60
Booking is essential as places are limited
VENUE: Mayo County Library, The Mall, Castlebar
FACILITATOR: Tomás Lally, B.A (Hons), B.Ph., M.A.
(Currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy / Creative writing at NUIG)
To book a place please contact the facilitator on (087) 6171470.


November 26, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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