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Spitalfields market gets us thinking for World Philosophy Day

Posted at 10:02 am, November 15, 2012 in News, Secret London

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Have you ever thought Spitalfields market is similar to the Athenian agora – a place where the Ancient Greeks met to discuss important moral and ethical dilemmas? If you haven’t, you might start to, as today (November 15) is World Philosophy Day. To celebrate, some of the world’s cheeriest leading philosophy academics, including AC Grayling, Angie Hobbs and Peter Cave, are recreating the ideas of Socrates, who believed that philosophy should be tackled in open, public forums. They’ll be creating discussion with members of the public who pass through the market between 12 and 2pm. Devised by the Philosophy Foundation, whose book The Philosophy Shop aims to bring philosophy outsides the confines of academia, the day is attempting to bring philosophy and reasoning into our daily routine. And if having people draw you into debate while you’re trying to walk through a marketplace isn’t everyday philosophy enough for you, then we’re not quite sure what is. Victoria Gray

Visit the Philosophers at Spitalfields Market between 12 and 2pm today, or find out more about World Philosophy Day here.

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