Dead Philosophers Club

Dead Philosophers Club

Tue 26 Nov 19:00-21:00

THE MAIN ROOM

At the third Club meeting, we will learn about the lost art form of being idle with dignity. We turn to texts by Cicero, Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, perhaps even Goethe and certainly Heidegger to get a glimpse at how to be idle with purpose and let meaning arise from such activities.

 

In a world of "industrialised leisure", of "binge-watching" and mass homogenised bread and circuses entertainment - therapeutic, creative activities that let meaning arise fade into the background. The spectacle demands its dues and costs us our most profound capacity, the capacity to be creative on our own accord.

What does it mean to experience idleness with dignity? Are there places where we can enjoy idleness without having to consume? How can we help build such spaces? Is technology freeing us or enslaving us?

We shall turn to the aforementioned thinkers and find answers to these questions.

 

The Dead Philosophers Club brings the wisdom of philosophy's history alive. The aim of the club meetings is to provide a space for festive nocturnal events of dignified leisure where free spirits gather and make meaningful connections with other like-minded individuals.

 

Philosophy addresses life's great and profound questions and asks us to question ourselves. The Club is a space for everyone who is captured and amazed by the question, what it means to be. And for those who seek a space for dignified leisure and solemnity. By turning to the great thinkers of the past we can see what matters for us today. What we can learn from philosophers is how to live a good life.

 

On your host: Johannes Achill Niederhauser, the impresario of the Dead Philosophers Club, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. He read philosophy at King's College London and studied PPE in Italy and the US. Johannes currently teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College and will soon publish his first book on Heidegger's phenomenology of death.

At the third Club meeting, we will learn about the lost art form of being idle with dignity. We turn to texts by Cicero, Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, perhaps even ...

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