Where Does Knowledge Come From?

St. E’s Book Group will consider the question, “What is the value of trying to understand the basis of knowledge?” at its meeting, Tuesday Oct. 13 at 12 noon. Drop-ins are always welcome. Normally the group meets for a brown bag lunch in the parish living room. If the church is still closed the group will meet via Zoom. A link will be provided.

At the October meeting, the group will explore ideas presented in a selection from David Hume’s book, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, first published in 1748. One of the leading philosophers of the Enlightenment, Hume questions conventional wisdom about cause and effect. Hume is credited with establishing the framework for empirical philosophy (the view that all concepts stem from experience). He asks us to consider sources of knowledge in general and then contemplates whether or not we can predict the future.

The discussion format follows “Shared Inquiry,” a method devised by the Great Books Foundation that enables people of all ages to explore the ideas, meaning, and information found in everything they read. It centers on interpretive questions that have more than one plausible answer and can lead to engaging and insightful conversations about the text.

Contact Joyce Newcomb if you would like to borrow the loaner copy of Great Conversations 3.