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July 2020

Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As the title suggests, we'll critique writing that is speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, surrealism, slipstream, etc.), philosophical (idea-driven, writing with a message, etc.), and experimental (unusual language, visual/musical aspects, transgressive, etc.). All writing submitted for critique should fit at least one of these categories, and ideally, more than one. Of course, the written works and authors that inspire us may vary, and widely. Nonetheless, here's a list of some written works and authors that have inspired me, and which we…

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Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As the title suggests, we'll critique writing that is speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, surrealism, slipstream, etc.), philosophical (idea-driven, writing with a message, etc.), and experimental (unusual language, visual/musical aspects, transgressive, etc.). All writing submitted for critique should fit at least one of these categories, and ideally, more than one. Of course, the written works and authors that inspire us may vary, and widely. Nonetheless, here's a list of some written works and authors that have inspired me, and which we…

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Dismantling White Privilege: How Whites Can Be Better Allies

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the current divided state of America, it’s tempting for whites to minimize race relations as a matter of interpersonal conflict rather than a systemic issue that unfairly treats people of color. Usually, the first step for white people is acknowledging their complicity in harmful systems of oppression. However, the path from consciousness-raising toward anti-racist praxis isn’t always clear cut. This presentation aims to tackle the meaning behind “white privilege” and common misconceptions that get in the way of frank…

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Sexual Personae, Chapter 7: Shakespeare and Dionysus

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sexual Personae by Camille PagliaChapter 7: Shakespeare and Dionysus Online seminar. Note any questions, passages or concepts you'd like to discuss. Newcomers welcome! ***** A provocative, fierce and divisive voice, Camille Paglia shatters the bullshit of contemporary and historical feminism to bushwhack a path forward for her daughters, the Amazonian Feminists. She will repel, inspire, intimidate, provoke and shock with her brilliant and outrageous magnum opus, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. We will consider her…

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Daoism Demystified

July 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This week we will be reading Zhuangzi, chapter 4. Zoom room will be posted on the day of meeting, so be sure to check back. *** Daoism in the west (and perhaps too in the east) has always had this mysterious and mystical reputation. And when a person open the first page of the Tao Te Ching (or Dao De Jing, for a more accurate pronunciation) and sees something like this: "These two emerge together but differ in nameThe unity…

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From Hell Reading group

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Week 3. There floats a phantom of the slum's foul air... CBR files will be provided if needed. Chapter 5: The Nemesis Of Neglect40 pages

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Social/racial/economic justice discussion group – Deconstructing Economic Myths

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

We will spend time this week to examine and deconstruct some of the strongly held economic myths and beliefs in our society, which can be an obstacle to meaningful discourse, genuine justice and reform. Assigned readings this week: (If you didn't attend or get to the readings from last week, please additionally read this piece on Thumos.https://publicseminar.org/2016/09/want-to-understand-right-wing-rage-go-back-to-plato) Freeing Econ 101: Beyond the Grasp of the Invisible Hand by Greg Rosalskyhttps://behavioralscientist.org/freeing-econ-101-beyond-the-grasp-of-the-invisible-hand The Neoliberal Looting of Americahttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/opinion/private-equity-inequality.html Greed is good, and other…

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Debate night – Looking for debaters (Dates TBD)

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is not a Meetup session, but a call for people who are interested in participating in virtual debate sessions. We had a very good debate session recently which has sparked interest in holding other debates. Please post here or send me a private message if you are interested in begin a debate participant. Mention the topic(s) you would be interested in debating.

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Hegel reading group: Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Hegel's Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences is a relatively accessible (by Hegel standards) overview of his entire mature system of philosophy. We will be reading the entirety of the first and third parts, Encyclopedia Logic and Philosophy of Mind (which covers Hegel's anthropology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy of right, aesthetics, philosophy of religion and philosophy of philosophy) and a small portion of the second part (Philosophy of Nature) Thanks to Dr. Justin Burke for developing the reading plan. PLEASE NOTE THAT…

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Why Philosophy?: Human Natures, Life, theory, values, God, Christianity

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

At this meeting, we will scream about Kenneth Smith's "Why Philosophy", a six part plinth covering human nature, philosophy, ethics, art, God, modernity, the objectivity of values, and divine law. 1 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/72913.html 2 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/72992.html 3 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73449.html 4 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73510.html 5 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73947.html 6 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/74093.html

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