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Mar
21

Last Night’s Cafe- Ignorance and the Value of Knowledge

Human societies seem to revolve around the production, archiving and consumption of knowledge – from universities and scientific societies, to adult education to Wikipedia, we appear to prize knowledge highly. But why exactly is this? Dr Mona Simion (Cardiff Uni, Philosophy) invited us to consider several different – yet ultimately unsatisfying – answers to this [...]

Mar
14

Next CPC – Ignorance and the Value of Knowledge

On the face of it, we seem to care a lot about knowledge. As a society, we invest a lot of money in institutions meant to generate and distribute it. On a personal level, we go to great lengths to send our children to the best schools. But should we care so much about knowledge? [...]

Oct
17

Last Night’s Cafe: The Philosophy of Running

….or more specifically, ‘Really Trying and Merely Trying’. Dr Paul Faulkner (Philosophy, Sheffield University) introduced us to the connections between philosophy (and epistemology in particular) and running, last night, using the theory of knowledge to shed some light on the experience of running, and the experience of running to illuminate some issues in theories of [...]

Oct
07

Next Cafe: The Philosophy of Running

This month at Cardiff Philosophy Cafe, we change tack from recent events to focus on issues surrounding self-knowledge – and particularly in relation to our bodies and what we do with them. On the 15 October, we welcome as our guest Dr Paul Faulkner from the University of Sheffield, a runner and a philosopher. How [...]

Mar
21

Last Night’s Cafe: How do we know?

If science is the most reliable and robust way we have of understanding the world around us, what makes it so? This was the question at the heart of last night’s Cardiff Philosophy Cafe, featuring a talk by John Jackson. John began by suggesting that science is, essentially, an extension of the way we perceive [...]

Mar
13

Next Cafe: How Do We Know?

We generally assume that scientific knowledge is the most reliable means we have of understanding the physical world around us. But why is this? What is it about science that grants it its reliability, and by “reliable” do we also mean that science is objective?  What exactly makes scientific knowledge different from “ordinary” knowledge? And what [...]

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