Ragged University: Philosophy, Reason and the Universe; The Mind and the World by Tina Rocke
The Art of Argumentation – Philosophy, Reason and the Universe
If you are like me and can’t stop asking ‘why?’ then this series is for you. In our bi-monthly meetings, we will discuss all the questions that we can come up with, from the strangest to the smallest – from the question whether there is a world, or whether God exists to the question whether we exist. We will ask and discuss the nature of knowledge, what it means to lead a good life and the nature of beauty. We can also discuss certain philosophers, specific philosophies or strange philosophical concepts you have come across.
The primary focus of these meetings is for us to explore all of these issues together, to get your critical argumentation skills working in overtime. There is an art of argumentation that has been lost in our modern technological world where visuals, memes, emotional manipulation and personal experience have taken the place of reasonable discussion. Mostly we argue to win, but I think we should argue to learn more without being afraid to ‘loose’. And, is it really loosing if I discovered something?
To develop some intellectual antibodies to manipulation through arguments we will engage with deceptive forms of argumentation, fallacies, rhetorical tricks and other ways people use to win an argument. We will start this using Schopenhauer’s ‘The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument’,
How does it work?
After we have explored one argumentative trick with the help of Schopenhauer, I will give a 15-20 minute introduction to the philosophical topic of the meeting, which we will then explore together.
At the end of every meeting, we will decide on the theme for the next one.
Meeting on 22nd of July: The mind and the world