October 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink: Moral Dimensions of Homelessness (Special Topic – Part 3)

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!

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September 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink: Moral Dimensions of Homelessness (Special Topic – Part 2)

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!

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August 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink: Moral Dimensions of Homelessness (Special Topic – Part 1)

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!

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May 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink (squared)

Our May Think & Drink (squared) was good fun. We enjoyed a wonderful discussion about morality & law led by Merlin advisory committee member & volunteer, Ryan Aikin. Click here to view what articles we read to prepare for our philosophical discussion and some other resources!

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May 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink

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!

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March 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink (squared)

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!

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February-April 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink(s)

Our February-April Think & Drinks were a blast! So much so that our archive collecting skills became lax — what can we say? We were caught up in the moment? Philosophy is so much fun! Check out some of the things that we talked about and explored here!

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January 2018 Philosophy Think & Drink (squared)

Our January Think & Drink (squared) went swimmingly.  Our group explored emergence theory.  Specifically: Can we understand biological entities better by treating them as process rather than entities?  And what can we learn philosophically by appealing to emergence theory? To prepare for our group discussion, participants read the following articles:…

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