Philosophy as Plumbing

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Philosophy as Plumbing

Philosophy as Plumbing

A short introduction on the philosophy of Mary Midgely

British philosopher Mary Midgley argued that philosophy is like plumbing, something that nobody notices until it goes wrong. "Then suddenly we become aware of some bad smells, and we have to take up the floorboards and look at the concepts of even the most ordinary piece of thinking.

The great philosophers noticed how badly things were going wrong, and made suggestions about how they could be dealt with." Midgley argued that philosophy was not something that was reserved for intellectuals and academics. In her view, it is something we all do — an activity that is part of the human conditions.

Mary Midgley talk will be followed by an Open Mic Soapbox.

Saturday 11 May 2024 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Gold coin donation. Bundeena House


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