Our Philosophy is a community discussion project and accessible reading group, led by survivors for survivors. Monthly sessions will each focus on a different philosopher or text. No previous experience of philosophy is required - we welcome self-identifying female survivors who think deeply, feel strongly and want to nourish their ability to communicate.
To develop Our Philosophy, we will engage with and learn to think critically about philosophical theories in a practical, non-academic way - such as feminist theory, critical race theory, social class theory (Marxism). We hope that participants will develop their critical thinking skills; engage with the practice of consciousness-raising; and bring theory into real-life, healing contexts.
Our Philosophy will be led by Eilidh Harris, a Theology and Religious Studies Masters student at the University of Glasgow.
This project is a partnership with the Glasgow Zine Library, a library, archive and community space that hosts a year-round accessible programme of workshops and events. Participants will connect with the library and archive and attend a talk from the Zine Library about grassroots publishing and writing in community context.
Our Philosophy will engage with a wide range of topics. You can find out more about the different theories we will engage with in the Reading List below.
Our next session (28/07/22) will cover some key concepts about critical thinking allowing our discussions to be engaging, practical and constructive. We will practice discussing philosophical arguments while avoiding arguing. To this end, our first discussion will focus on the role of anger in our lives. Asking questions such as: Is it better to have discussions without strong emotions like anger? Are some people’s anger more acceptable than others? How can we express our anger at injustice in a way that will be productive?
Do you have a topic that you would like to discuss? Reproductive rights? Climate change? Your wages? Your favourite movie/book/band? Maybe you attended our pilot event 'Remembering bell hooks' and want to discuss something further? Please get in touch and let us know!
We are aware that the themes discussed may bring up subjects that are sensitive for some attendees. You are always welcome to take breaks at any point during sessions and there will be an experienced support worker present.
This project is funded by the
Texts will be provided for participants. You can view all of our core and suggested reading below in a list which will grow as the sessions continue.
Feminist theory: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminist-philosophy/
Critical race theory: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/race/
Social class theory: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/marx/#AlieHumaFlou
Critical disability theory: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/disability-critical/
Article in Theology in Scotland by facilitator, Eilidh Harris, on how art can fight injustice: https://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/TIS/article/view/2423/1831
Week One: Remembering bell hooks (15/05/22).
bell hooks. All About Love: New Visions (2016) – especially chapters 1 - Clarity: Give Love Words, 6 – Values: Living by a Love Ethic and 8 – Community: Loving Communion, available online at https://wtf.tw/ref/hooks.pdf
bell hooks. Communion: The Female Search for Love (2002) – especially chapter 9 – Sisterhood: Love and Solidarity, available at Waterstones for £9.99.
[VIDEO] bell hooks and Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) discussion: https://youtu.be/9oMmZIJijgY
Week Two: Amia Srinivasan and the Aptness of Anger (29/07/22)