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 2016 Programme

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


Wednesday 28/09/16     

Philosophy of Law: an introduction & Herbert Hart’s Legal Positivism

Peter Keeble

Wednesday 05/10/16

GUEST SPEAKER: Tensions between the law & harmful traditional practices, focusing on FGM

Neelam Sarkaria

Wednesday 12/10/16

GUEST SPEAKER: From Principles to Profit & the UK Bribery Act 2010

Paul Palmarozza


Wednesday 19/10/16

Sharia Law

Miran Khesro

Wednesday 26/10/16



Wednesday 02/11/16

Concepts of Law in Literature

Heather Jeffery

Wednesday 09/11/16

‘Locke’s theory of property and its development by Robert Nozick. What entitles us to own things -- Law or morality?’

Ted Hodgson

Wednesday 16/11/16

The Right to Die?

Robert Hazell (Dignity In Dying) & Poonam Jain

Wednesday 23/11/16

GUEST SPEAKER: Two kinds of special rights for minorities in New Zealand and the UK

Andrew Sharp

Wednesday 30/11/16

The trial of Robert A Lewis, co-pilot of Enola Gay

David Gilbert & others

Wednesday 07/12/16

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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