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19:00 Category: LSS/joint public event - Secular Hall[19:30] Greg Scorzo "Art of Thinking" discussion series (non-LSS)
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'The Art of Thinking' discussion series introduced by Greg Scorzo and supported by Leicester Secular Society A series of 6 stand alone informal sessions on contemporary cultural issues during the first quarter of 2020 – come to as many as you like. Charge is £3 per session Greg is a professional philosopher. He is editor, co-director, and head writer for 'Culture on the offensive', an online magazine. He introduces each session with a brief talk followed by discussion and debate by group members. MONDAY 13 January - The Art of Thinking about Morality MONDAY 20 January - The Art of Thinking about Free Will MONDAY 3 February - The Art of Thinking about Gender MONDAY 10 February - The Art of Thinking about Democracy THURSDAY 27 February 7.30pm The Art of Thinking about Extremism There is no political ideology more deplored in western culture than extremist ideology. Government programs (such as Prevent, in the UK) aim not simply to discourage extremism, by using community resources to completely root it out of society. Yet in today’s polarised political landscape, there is no uniform agreement about what extremism is. To many people, Brexit is an extreme idea motivated by xenophobia and racism. For many Brexit supporters, the identity politics embraced both by the left and contemporary pop culture is far more racist and sexist than any of the political forces associated with Brexit. On top of that, the economic policies of both Labour and Tory governments are routinely described as forms of extremism. Labour Party economics is often described as leading to an apocalyptic Venezuela like state, while Tory economic policy is often described as murderous. So how do we differentiate those views that are extreme from those we simply find morally unacceptable? And is extremism even a useful concept for politics? THURSDAY 26 March - The Art of Thinking about Poverty

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