Pinner Philosophy Group

(Harrow, London)


Location and times of sessions

Meets weekly at 10am Wednesdays

Venue: On request to Chairman

3 terms per year: spring, summer, autumn

Approximately 50 members


Further Details 

Further details can be obtained from:

The Chairman on 020 8863 8202, email:


Term structure

Each term usually consists of one or more philosophy strands.

Recent strands have been:

Philosophy of Mind

Theory of Knowledge (epistemology)


Political Philosophy


In addition, terms often include ‘one-off’ topics occupying one or two sessions. Recent examples are:

Play reading of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn together with presentation and discussion of philosophical questions raised by the play.

Presentation and discussion of the philosophy of individual philosophers, e.g. Pythagoras, Descartes, Rousseau, Kant, Nietzsche, Rawls, Nozick.

Presentation and discussion of key philosophical positions, e.g. phenomenology and logical positivism.

Presentation and discussion of wider philosophical topics in science and mathematics, e.g. special and general relativity and Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.

Presentation and discussion of topics in religion, e.g. the existence of the soul.


Method of Presentation

Sessions are usually presented by a member of the group with interspersed discussion or by discussion at the end of the presentation.

The presenter may already have an interest in or professional knowledge of the topic. Topics selected for presentation are often based on chapters from one or more recommended books but are often researched in more detail. Group discussion occupies about half the session time.

There is a coffee break of about 15 minutes half way through the session.


Guest Speakers

Each term features one or two talks/lectures by professional philosophers or experts in their fields. Recent talks have been on:

Continental Philosophy

The Aesthetic Theory of Kant

The Penal System

Medical Ethics

The Nature of Time


Group Visits 

The Group organises visits to events of philosophical interest. Recent visits or events attended have included: a lecture by Jürgen Habermas; visit to The Enlightenment Exhibition at the British Museum; visit to a Hare Krishna temple; theatre visit to see the play Galileo by Bertold Brecht.


Details of Autumn 2017 Programme

The current programme is attached. Where appropriate, links will be made to contemporary issues in art, science, sociology, politics and philosophy.

Wednesday 27/09/17

Philosophy of Terrorism


Wednesday 04/10/17

Hilary Putnam and the Fact/Value distinction

Peter K

Wednesday 11/10/17

GUEST SPEAKER: Custom, authority, individualism and consent: the case of the Levellers during the English civil wars

Andrew Sharp

Wednesday 18/10/17

The Pragmatism of C. S. Peirce


Wednesday 25/10/17




Wednesday 01/11/17

Original Reading: ‘What Is It Like To Be a Bat’ by Thomas Nagel


Wednesday 08/11/17       

Montaigne - struggling to find his way forward


Wednesday 15/11/17

Basics 1 i) God: The Main Issues


Wednesday 22/11/17

GUEST SPEAKER: Is Divine Hiddenness a problem for theism

Piers Benn

Wednesday 29/11/17

Basics 1   ii) God:


Wednesday 06/12/17       

Philosophers’ Christmas


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Professor Timothy Chappell spoke to Pinner Philosophy Group on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 on the subject 'Why Ethics is Hard' Download


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