After three summer sessions exploring and discussing the moral dimensions of homelessness, our November Think & Drink marked a return to our normal gathering structure and dialogic style. After a discussion about civil discourse and conversational style — including some of the methodologies involved in Socratic dialogue — our group posed four possible questions. Check out what we landed upon and some of the philosophical things involved here!
In this month’s think & drink, we assessed our current belief systems and city structure, and then looked at numerous local grassroots solutions to help address some of the challenges of homelessness based on these. We also considered some causal factors of homelessness (relative to larger scale responses) and some of the ethical dilemmas surrounding the policing of homelessness by asking what the role of police is/ought to be and what sorts of things cities can do to be of help. Below are some of the questions we asked, as well as examples of multi-functional grassroots ideas that other cities have implemented as one part (of a larger set) of responses to homelessness. Learn more about what we discussed and access resources here!
In this month’s Philosophy Think & Drink, we continued our discussion on the moral dimensions of homelessness, first, by diving a bit deeper into the concepts of ‘home’ (and homelessness) by way of an appeal to ‘connection’ and ‘belonging’ (or lack thereof) and, second, by examining three common approaches to homelessness. Learn more about what we discussed and access resources here!
In light of the rise in concern about homelessness in Helena, we decided to dedicate our August Think & Drink session (as well as our September gathering — to occur on the 13th) to a philosophical exploration of the moral dimensions of homelessness. Learn more about what we discussed, see photos, and access resources here!
Our May Think & Drink was lovely. In keeping with our ridiculous issues with taking pictures during our think & drink sessions (we have found it somewhat uncomfortable to sneak a pic and/or ask people to say cheese during “deep thoughts”), we have opted out of pics for this month. We have, however, captured the gist of our discussion here. Beginning with a riveting discussion about llama poop (thanks Thomas & Marie!)…seven questions — all worthy of pondering — were posed. Check out what we landed upon and some of the philosophical things involved here!
Our March Think & Drink (squared) was lovely. We enjoyed a lively discussion about a topic near and dear to our hearts — empathy. Specifically: the value, role and evolution of empathy and its relationship to “Good & Evil” and (a closely related area of exploration) the neuroscience of free-will. Click here to view what articles we read to prepare for our philosophical discussion and some other resources!