Professor A.C. Grayling joined us at the Jam House all the way from London and delivered a fascinating discussion of epistemology – the study of how we know things. As sceptics, this is a topic near and dear to us, but one we don’t often consider in any real depth. How do we know things? How do we know that we know things?
Professor Grayling also discussed scepticism in great detail, touching on Cartesian radical scepticism – questioning the very reality we experience – and giving a brief explanation of basic logical syllogisms, which are integral to forming rational arguments.
The audience was captivated throughout his discussion and he concluded that healthy scepticism – critical thinking, questioning and investigating, rather than blindly accepting what we are told – is an essential part of living the Aristotelian “good life”, something we all ought to aspire towards.
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Jam House review
… all rational thought brought me to the conclusion that AC Grayling was in The Jam House on Friday night. As part of the Edinburgh Skeptics show, this philosopher/philosophy professor gave a fantastic presentation!
The Jam House blog – writing about A C Grayling
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