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Book Club: “Doing” Philosophy
Date 日期:  04 Feb - 04 Mar 2023
Time 時間: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue 地點: GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building, HKU)
Medium 語言: English
Speaker(s) 講師: 
Mr. Peter LAI 黎慶寧先生
Dr. Bart WONG
Dr. Suzanne CHAK
Summary 內容: Required Reading:
-       The Socrates Express by Eric Reiner
-       The Stranger by Albert Camus

Stripped of its academic jargon, which discourages the intelligent layperson, philosophy can and do touch the everyday lives, loves, and deaths of everybody. Some of the “greats” in philosophy may well have something useful to teach us: e.g. how to enjoy like Epicurus, how to fight like Gandhi, how to grow old like Beauvoir, and how to die like Montaigne. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to share and debate the wisdom of these folks, and their relevance to today’s world, with your fellow HKU/Med undergrads in a casual and light-hearted environment?

Well, Eric Reiner’s “The Socrates Express”, written in plain English (i.e. sans jargon), can guide you through this journey. As he put it: “Philosophy [is] practical. Philosophy [is] therapy. Medicine for the soul…. [Philosophy is] not a “what” or a “why” but a how” … how to live? [It is] life-enhancing poetry.” The NPR review at this link gives some idea of what the book is all about.

A couple of your seniors (both now fully-fledged doctors) will be on hand to share with you their journey of exploration too. Here’s what one of them recalled of her experience with the Book Club:
I joined my first book club in my first year of study at HKU/Med, and I kept joining every time right up until just before my final-year exams. Not only did the book club enrich my university life, it kept me acutely aware of how little I know about the world, and how important it is to keep reading and learning. Being part of the book club is undoubtedly an experience that I treasure till this day.

To top it all, why not also enjoy one of the classics of “existentialist” fiction – Nobel Laureate Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” – and figure out how our lives can absorb the lessons of existentialism. Camus is a French novelist, essayist, and dramatist. He is regarded as one of the finest philosophical writers of modern France. His work is characterised by a vigorous, concise style, and is based on the philosophy of Existentialism concerning the futility and meaninglessness of human life. It is probably one of the most widely-read novels among young university students.

Mr. Peter LAI 
黎慶寧先生 (Honorary Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU; the first ‘local’ Secretary for Security of the Hong Kong Government)

Guest Discussants: 
Dr. Bart WONG
(MBBS Class of 2018; Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital)
Dr. Suzanne CHAK (MBBS Class of 2021; Resident, Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital)

Dates: 4/2, 11/2, 25/2 & 4/3/2023 (Sat)
Time: 15:00 – 17:30
Venue: GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building)
Language: English
Fee: $200 (Enrolled students will receive paperback copies of both books. A deposit of $100 will be refunded upon full attendance.)
Quota: 10