June 2018 Philosophy Walk (Ideas, History, Values & Design)

Our June philosophy walk was such fun. Accompanied by weather that couldn’t quite make up its mind (but was lovely nonetheless), our group headed out at 9:30am from Reeder’s Alley for a fun jaunt around Helena and a delightful discussion about ideas, history, values & urban design with our guest speaker/co-philosopher on trail Dennis McCahon — historian, artist, and self-proclaimed urban design geek.

Some of the questions we explored included:

  • What is the nature of beauty?  Is it subjective?  Objective?  Both?
  • What is the relationship between ideas, history, values & design?
  • What sorts of things contribute to a “sense of space & place”?
  • Why might place-making and a “sense of space & place” be important?
  • What are we preserving (when we think of historical preservation) and why?

One of the most important things that historical preservation does is remind us the importance of asking “why?” — Dennis McCahon

Check out more pictures (courtesy of Michael Chapman — thanks friend!!) from our June 2018 Merlin Meandering below!

Thank you to P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) for helping to support our philosophy in the community programs and making activities like this possible!

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