Psychedelic Philosophy: Beauty and the Good Life


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Psychedelic Philosophy: Beauty and the Good Life

As Ludwig Wittgenstein said in his Tractatus: 'The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man'.In the previous session we considered the nature of beauty and its relationship to truth and goodness. In this session our philosophising will take a practical turn, as we look at how these ideas apply to the use of psychedelics in therapeutic and educational contexts. Attendance at previous sessions is not necessary to enjoy this one!

Psychedelic Philosophy is a discussion group for people with an interest in exploring the philosophical issues related to the use of psychedelics. It is a lively, fun space to engage with ideas, have our preconceptions challenged, and connect with others interested in questioning what IS, and what it MEANS.

Sessions run every few weeks and include a short presentation by a facilitator, followed by structured discussion activities. Preparatory reading will be provided for those who want to do it, but homework is always optional!

Who will be facilitating these sessions?

Lindsay Jordan is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts London, where she teaches philosophy and theory of education. She is currently researching the purpose of universities, the role of psychoactive substances as educational tools, and moral enhancement. She won the student prize at Breaking Convention 2017 for a doctoral assignment on psychedelic enquiry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRC2NLxokww), and spoke at Beyond Psychedelics 2018 on ‘What Are Psychedelics For?’ (https://slideslive.com/38908575/what-are-psychedelics-for).

Mark Juhan graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford and has just completed a masters Religion and Society at St John’s, Durham. He has been a lay chaplain and is currently applying for a doctorate in psychedelic theology. He is interested in the relationship between drugs and culture, specifically the potential of augmenting religion with ritual entheogenesis. Mark has spoken at Breaking Convention 2017 on Christicisms of mystical thrill-seeking (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsTvknCgFHU) and at Beyond Psychedelics 2018 on a social study he has conducted (https://slideslive.com/38909222/the-dark-side-sociality-and-friendship-as-crucial-determining-factors).

► Please arrive early for a 3pm start

► It involves a bring-and-share supper: bring culinary goodies if you can.

► The event will take place at the Psychedelic Society HQ, in Homerton, 8 Mackintosh Lane, London E9 6AB

For any enquiries please contact: [email protected]
Please note that we can not offer refunds or exchanges. We do welcome swapping or reselling your tickets with people you know.