A public club that meets to talk with philosophers and discuss a wide variety of philosophical issues. We aim to promote a philosophical and thoughtful approach to everyday life, and to help connect the outside world to the thinking of professional philosophers. We are supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and based in Barnes, London SW13, UK.
Abstract : How
did Montaigne know what he did, who inspired him, and can we learn from
his methods of inquiry? Montaigne, like only a select few philosophers,
makes us not only think but seems to touch us extraordinarily; we feel
almost as if he is speaking to us personally. ‘Que sais-je? –What do I
know?- is a question we often ask ourselves in times of doubt. How
could a 16th-century
philosopher help us through these modern times? In this talk, I shall
be drawing on the essays of Montaigne so we may be able to seek solace
by allowing him into our lives. In troubling times could Montaigne help
calm our social, political and cultural trials and tribulations? Can an
SOS call to Michel De Montaigne help our plight?