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Book Group and Philosophy Group

Book Group

Our Book Group meets up every couple of months or so for an informal chat to discuss our latest book choice.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 16 October, 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR, when our book choice will be Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History by David Aaronovitch.

Previous Book Choices
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.
  • Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker.
  • The Myth Gap, by Alex Evans.
  • Ethics, by Benedict Spinoza.
  • God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens.
  • The Darkening Age, by Catherine Nixey.
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Coming Up for Air, by George Orwell.
  • What is Populism?, by Jan-Werner Muller.
  • The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli.
  • East West Street, by Philippe Sands.
  • The Luck Factor, by Richard Wiseman.
  • The Shipwrecked Mind, by Mark Lilla.
  • Prisoners of Geography, by Tim Marshall.
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Candide, by Voltaire.
  • On Being, by Peter Atkins.
  • Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, by John Gray.
  • The Children Act, by Ian McEwan.
  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance, by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz.
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein.
  • Europe: In or Out?, by David Charter.
  • Going Gently, by David Nobbs.
  • Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction, by Robin Le Poidevin.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker.
  • Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse.
  • Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea, by Barbara Demick.
  • Creation: The Origin of Life & The Future of Life, by Adam Rutherford.
  • The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt.
  • The Self Illusion, by Bruce Hood.
  • Why does the world exist?, by Jim Holz.
  • Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor.
  • What is Good?, by A.C. Grayling.
  • The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley.
  • Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War, by Barbara Ehrenreich.
  • Zero Degrees of Empathy, by Simon Baron-Cohen.
  • If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi.
  • Why Orwell Matters, by Christopher Hitchens.
  • A Universe from Nothing, by Lawrence Krauss.
  • The Myths We Live By, by Mary Midgley.
  • Free Will, by Sam Harris.
  • Whole Earth Discipline, by Stewart Brand.
  • Humanism: A Very Short Introduction, by Stephen Law.
  • The Blank Slate, by Steven Pinker.
  • The Demon-haunted World, by Carl Sagan.
  • Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths, by Rumy Hasan.
  • Dishonest to God: On Keeping Religion Out of Politics, by Mary Warnock.
  • The Spirit Level - Why Equality is Better for Everyone, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
  • The Age of Absurdity, by Michael Foley.
  • Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide, by Ben White.
  • What Should I Believe?, by Dorothy Rowe.
  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume.
  • How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World, by Francis Wheen
  • Our Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin
  • The Choice of Hercules, by A.C. Grayling
  • Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason
  • The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
  • 6 Impossible Things To Do Before Breakfast, by Stephen Wolpert

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Philosophy Group

We also have a Philosophy Group that meets in a pub every month or so.

Members take it in turn to initiate a discussion on a topic of their choosing, usually circulating in advance one or two references or short papers relevant to the topic. Previous topics have included Happiness, Marx, and Nuclear Deterrence.

Our next meeting is on Mon 27 May, when the topic will be Liberty and the Limits of what Society can Accept. That's at 7.30pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

If anyone is interested in joining and sends us their email address, we'll add them to the mailing list for upcoming topics and reading.

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