Recent significant changes to constitution:
To provide a forum for almost everyone to present and discuss philosophy.
Philorum is provided to give everyone an equal opportunity, over several
meetings, to present and discuss their ideas. Within that framework you can
participate as much or as little as you like. You can give a prepared or
impromptu piece. You may prefer just to listen.
Almost everyone is welcome
Everyone is welcome regardless of their philosophical training. It won't matter
if you are:
An epoch marking radical;
someone who has little or no idea of what
philosophy could be;
someone who rejects the usefulness of any of the above categories.
Everyone is welcome to regardless of public
speaking experience. If you a new to public speaking you are especially
welcome to a forum with an encouraging, playful, atmosphere.
No one will be denied access on the basis of personal factors irrelevant to
participation in or observation of a philosophy forum. Specifically, everyone
is welcome regardless of:
age, including those under 18; (excepting
where a meeting is held in a licensed venue that prohibits those under
This includes, but is not limited to:
- The gender of person(s) you choose, or have chosen, to fuck;
- Whether you are, or have been, monogynous (in the gender neutral sense),
monogamous (in the gender neutral sense), or polyamorous;
- Whether you are, or have been, a slut.
- Whether you are, or have been, a whore.
status of a disease that is not transmissible
through the air;
intellectual or physical ability; (excepting
where a meeting is held in a venue without adequate facilities. Eg No
english language ability. If you are new to english this will be a good place to improve it.
beliefs that are held including:
historical (Eg Holocaust Denial)
Membership of a group, excepting those who
directly threaten or act out physical pain, injury, or a restriction of
liberty to other participants of philorum and so can classified into the
So mere membership in a Terrorist group, for example, would not exclude
you from entry into Philorum.
Ethnicity, nationality, or cultural
, specifically, the clothes someone chooses to wear.
Prior criminal conviction.
Those who are not welcome include those who act or threaten to:
cause physical pain, injury, or a restriction of
liberty to other participants of philorum; or
sabotage the forum such that some are prevented equal opportunity to
Freedom of speech is cherished
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,
receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of
However, we often accept, rightly, many limits to expression without feeling
that the principle of freedom of expression is infringed.
We are happy for the restriction on the forms of expression and
regardless of content. For example, we might feel the opera house should not be
used as a billboard; that during a meeting only one person at a time, more or
less, speaks; during a chorus that everybody sings at the same time.
We are happy too for restrictions even on the content when there is a
Truth or evidence, as when a journalist reports;
Sincerity, as when a judge passes sentence;
Relevance, as when a doctor is consulted about an illness.
In many forums this last restriction on content, a requirement for relevance,
serves the forum well. In many cases having a moderator vet content for
relevance ensures that the purpose for which the forum is convened, is met.
Philorum will not be such a forum. There will be no restriction based on
content. There will be no vetting of content for its philosophical relevance.
You are invited to be free from concern about whether your expression is
sufficiently philosophical or not. You may wish to express something that is
clearly not philosophical. This is great. You are encouraged to express any
issue or idea on any topic, be it political, artistic, personal, dramatic,
mundane, or sublime, religious, sport oriented, ...
It will be likely, though, the discussion will degenerate back into something
philosophical in virtue of the characters present.
Cherishing freedom of speech, as a general attitude, promotes an atmosphere
where the most ardent of disagreements can be had, indeed sought, without
them having to be bitter. However, to cherish freedom of speech, is to give
opportunity for others to feel and express that too.
General Freedom of Speech Policies
At any philorum meeting:
There will be no restriction based on content.
There will be no requirement:
To be philosophically relevant. You don't have
to express something that is philosophical.
At the same time this need
not stop criticisms of an expression as being philosophically
irrelevant. Irrelevant statements and charges of irrelevancy are both
To be sincere. You don't have to believe what you say.
To be truthful or produce evidence. You are free
To have any value. The expressions don't have to
have any philosophic, artistic, literary, educational, medical, legal,
scientific, or entertainment value.
- There will no restriction based on content.
These expressions are
The vilification of, or generalisation about, any group,
on any grounds, whether baseless or not. For example the vilification of,
or generalisation about, any race,
sexuality, religion, gender, political party, nation, ethnic group.
The vilification, defamation, or slander of
individuals, present or not.
Depicting, advocating, sexual
violence or rape.
violence in general
Portraying persons in a demeaning or degrading manner.
Anything that others may find offensive, obscene,
- Political incorrectness.
Non-euphemistic sexual expressions.
Swearing, whether gratuitous or with purpose.
Expressing or advocating moral belief
s to which others, present or not, may be opposed.
- Dogmatic, ideological, doctrinal, or fundamentalist expression.
There will be no restriction based on content.
These are specifically permitted:
Boring expressions or speeches.
Unimportant expressions or speeches.
- Expressions or speeches that no one else is interested in.
Speeches and expressions so philosophically
specialised that no one will have a hope of understanding it for the
next 200 years.
There will be some restrictions based on form:
The length of time for a speaker may be limited
in so far as it facilitates the equal opportunity, over several
meetings, for all to speak.
Whether interjection (heckling) is permitted is
entirely up to each speaker. Unless the speaker specifically says so
interjection (heckling) is not encouraged and should occur only
exceptionally. Some exceptions might include: points of order;
or when requesting clarification.
Apart from these you are encouraged to present
in any form that causes neither physical pain
nor injury, for example:
- The master of ceremonies for the meeting,
as master of ceremonies, can only moderate the form of expression (eg
time limits) not content. That is, everybody, including the master of
ceremonies, has an equal chance to influence the content of the
discussion by expressing themselves during their turn.
Philorum Online Text. Freedom of Speech Policies.
For Philorum Online Text there are the following qualifications to the above:
- Real name posting preferred. You are encouraged to post under your real name (or the pseudonym you consistently use at Philorum Real World), but you are not required to do so.
- Respect other's anonymity. If someone posts under an online pseudonym, and so is anonymous online, do not post any personally identifying information about them (such as their real name, address, or phone number).
- Speakers have the right to post their speech first. Until the Saturday at 23:00 local time after the delivery of a real world speech only the speaker may top post their speech (make the first entry which groups responses). (This rule is specific to the way Philorum Online Text is implemented, using Reddit. This will ensure that a speaker gets all the root responses).
- Speech post format: YYYY-MM-DD DDD. Speech Title. (Speaker Name). [Speech]. To make a top post with respect to a real world speech use the same format as on www.philorum.org. E.g. "2004-06-16 Wed. Is there anything wrong with a big ego?. (John Bentley). [Speech]."
- No spam. In the Philorum Online Text context this means, in short, irrelevant bulk messages, commercial or non commercial. It can be posted by a robot or human. What counts as spam seems to defy exact definition. However, perhaps it is a post that has two or more of these characteristics:
In Philorum Real World there is a barrier to spam in virtue of the requirement to put the energy into turning up personally. Online there is no such barrier.
So your expression flogging Real Estate might count as spam when posted online. However, genuine participants (whatever that means) in an online philorum are permitted to post their expression. If you are genuine participant (whatever that means) you still have the freedom to post that which: is self promotion; endorses a commercial good or service; is tangential or irrelevant; or repeatedly presses others on a topic you think important. If you feel your post has been wrongly flagged as spam contact a moderator. Some posts marked as spam might be irretrievable by the moderator.
- It has nothing or little to do with the thread;
- Its content is identically or substantially repeated elsewhere on the internet;
- It contains obvious nonsense;
- It solicits the user to another place (often via a link);
- Is posted under an account for which the majority of posts have two or more of the previous characteristics or is posted under an account with few posts.
Schisms are encouraged
If you disagree with the way philorum is run, or find it lacking, and it
proves difficult to change it, you are encouraged to create the compliment or alternative.
- Each meeting shall have a:
Master of Ceremonies; and optionally
There shall be the following club roles:
Programmer: arranges and publishes the program; the primary point of contact for anyone
to find out information about the club or Philorum in general; publishes
information about the club's existence to the general public; looks
after club equipment; prepares the space before a meeting; and liaises with
Club roles are held for a year.
People are elected to the club roles starting at
then end of the first year of the clubs foundation.
In the first year the founder(s) either take on the roles themselves or assign
them at their own discretion.
Philorum is democratic
All club members have equal entitlement to
affect the running of Philorum, and the activities of the club of which
they are a member.
Every club meeting shall provide opportunity for
members to raise and vote on motions.
Any decision affecting a club may be given force
by a majority of those present who are also club members as long the
decision is constitutional.
A club member is anyone who:
Registers as a club member; and
has attended at least one previous meeting at
that club since the beginning of the calendar year; and
confirmed their details are up-to-date in the
register at some time during the current calendar year.
A Philorum member is anyone who is a club
If club members wish to give effect to an
unconstitutional decision they need to consider changing the
constitution or forming a schism.
A change to the constitution can be effected by:
A 2/3rds majority vote of philorum members who
convene for the purpose of changing the constitution; and
1/2 of the registered clubs have one member
present at the meeting.
A registered club is a club that has confirmed at some time during the current
calendar year its details in the register are up-to-date.
Philorum will be deemed to be constituted when
A 2/3rds majority vote of philorum members who
convene for the purpose of ratifying this constitution; and
Greater than 1/2 of the registered clubs have one member present at the
Status: Draft (Extremely rough and volatile)
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