What is the greatest work of philosophy?


Our East Midlands Salon at 7 PM on Wednesday 6 December in the Brunswick Inn, Derby, will be a festive BALLOON DEBATE at which eight Salon members will defend what they each think is the greatest work of philosophy. They will have just an initial three minutes to make their case before answering questions from the audience in defence of their choice. There will then be a vote and four of the balloonists will be thrown off the metaphorical balloon. The remaining balloonists will then have just one minute to argue for their chosen work. There will then be a vote and three of the balloonists will be thrown overboard. The victor will then be allowed to sail away into the metaphorical sky with a suitable prize!

The philosophical works to be defended are:

Plato The Republic – James Keith

The Bhagavad Gita (भगवद्गीता) – Neetish Madan

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury and Derbyshire Leviathan – Jonathan Powers

John Locke Second Treatise on Government – Nicholas Joseph

David Hume A Treatise on Human Nature – Chris Lynch

Soren Kirkegaard Postscipts – Daniel Joesph

Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations – Dennis Hayes

Wole Soyinka Climate of Fear: the quest for dignity in a dehumanised world (Reith Lectures 2004) – Sade Lamikanra

Chair/Captain of the Balloon – Ruth Mieschbuehler

Come along and join in the philosophical fun. Admission is free but please register in advance as places are limited. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

(Illustration: Jules Didier et Jacques Guiaud – Départ de Léon Gambetta pour Tours sur le ballon l'”Armand-Barbès”, le 7 octobre 1870, à Montmartre (1871) Public Domain)