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January 2020

Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market of Choice – Goat Blocks – SE Portland, OR, 1090 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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The study of human consciousness is one of science's last great frontiers. After being neglected for many years (i.e. during a period of dominance by behaviorism in psychology), interest in the science of consciousness exploded in the last decades, with much progress in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and other areas. Our aim in this group is to bring together the perspectives of philosophy, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, the social sciences, medicine, and the physical sciences, the arts and humanities, to move…

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Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Digitality/Singularity…

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Philosophy of Horror, Digitality/Singularity, Speculative Realism, etc., hosted by Richard Pope Reading assignment: "The Rebel," by Albert Camus, section titles: "Metaphysical Rebellion," "The Sons of Cain," "Absolute Negation," "A Man of Letters," and "The Dandies Rebellion." (Pages 23 - 55 in the PDF below.) Free PDF: https://www.bibotu.com/books/2013b/Camus,%20Albert%20-%20The%20Rebel%20%281951%29.pdf Secondary reading assignment: "The Myth of Sisyphus," by Albert Camus. I recommend reading this book alongside "The Rebel" because it'll provide a greater foundation for understanding Camus' philosophical project.…

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The People’s Ink: Poet’s Critique Group

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Slide Inn, 2342 SE Ankeny
Portland, OR us
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The People's Ink Poetry Critique Group is a weekly poetry workshop. We discuss the submitted work of two poets each meeting. We typically have between 8-12 participants each workshop. These are in depth discussions of 1-2 poems for each poet. We ask that if this will be your first attendance, please email us at peoplespoetry.hanna@gmail.comto arrange an observation. This is so you can get a feel for how we run our meetings. Include in your email, your goals as a…

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Seminar: Buddhism and The West

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Buddhism and The West, hosted by Richard Pope Reading assignment: "A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real," by Glenn Wallis, pgs 45 - 76. We'll focus on understanding the notion of "The Real" that Glenn Wallis is working toward; we may also spend some time reviewing the "low hanging fruit" critiques that he acknowledges (and appreciates) but decides not to pursue, which he covers in chapter 1. Secondary reading: https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/. Glenn Wallis developed many of his…

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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, by Gilles Deleuze, Chapter 8PDF of the text: https://monoskop.org/images/c/c8/Deleuze_Gilles_Expressionism_in_Philosophy_Spinoza.pdf Please email Ian for details or questions about the group:iang08@gmail.com Description:Come connect and laugh with the other people in your town who are curious about the liberating potentials in the writings of Gilles Deleuze. Presently we are planning on meeting weekly to read and discuss the writings of Deleuze. We will proceed at a pace…

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Readings in the History and Philosophy of Science

January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Market of Choice – Goat Blocks – SE Portland, OR, 1090 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Last time we discussed Heidegger's Freiburg inaugural address, 'What is metaphysics?', and Carnap's response to it, 'The elimination of metaphysics through logical analysis of language'. We now build on that discussion. Our primary text will be James Conant's 'Two conceptions of Die Uberwindung der Metaphysik': Carnap and early Wittgenstein'. Conant is a member of the 'resolute' school of interpreting Wittgenstein, which takes Wittgenstein at face value when he writes in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (6.54): "My propositions are elucidatory in this…

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Seminar: Buddhism and The West: Teleconference with Glenn Wallis, PhD

January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Buddhism and The West, hosted by Richard Pope This week, we'll be teleconferencing with Glenn Wallis, author of "A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real," which is this seminar's current reading assignment. You can also read Glenn's writings at https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/ and https://www.glennwallis.com/. If you wish to telecommute to this event instead of attending in person, please contact ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com. Spaces are limited, and preference will be given to those who regularly attend the seminar. About Glenn: "I…

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