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September 2020

Holy Grail Search Party: Exodus

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Continuing with Exodus, we'll resume with the ten plagues leading to the ten commandments, beginning with the question of how exactly God is hardening Pharaoh's heart, and for what purpose. Assignment for Sunday: continue reading what you can of Exodus, ideally all of it (skimming through divine law and tabernacle instructions if it grows too tedious, although there's a lot to say). Finish it if you can, although there will likely be at least one more Exodus discussion following this…

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The Zohar — Live reading

September 27 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This is a spinoff of the Holy Grail Search Party. In this meetup we will conduct a live reading of one of the most perplexing work of mysticism ever produced; the Zohar. link to the text:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BWSTBnQrOFSjp38ogzDWHTKCtmIBgXaV/view?usp=sharing

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More yet on Greek class/character types, etc.

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

What Aristotle remarks of natural organisms and individuals generally--that every being inept for self-sufficient subsistence has to attach itself to some complementary entity or else perish--also applies within and among these castes. Independence or self-governance is a blessed if not divine state, and demands above all other virtues a general eudaimonia or well-roundedness and amplitude of intelligent and moral forms, i.e. an all-sided competence to understand how to deal with life/nature/history in its full-dimensionality. Each stratum in the ranks of…

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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Immediately upon its posthumous publication in 1953, Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations was hailed as a masterpiece, and the ensuing years have confirmed this initial assessment. The work undertakes a radical critique of analytical philosophy's approach to both the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. Today it is widely acknowledged to be the single most important philosophical work of the twentieth century. *** This series is hosted by Garth at the Toronto Philosophy Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup We are doing live,…

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Sexual Personae, Chapter 15 – Cults of Sex and Beauty: Balzac

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is an online seminar for Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia. This week we'll be reading Chapter 15 - Cults of Sex and Beauty: Balzac ***** A fierce and provocative voice, Camille Paglia calls out the bullshit of contemporary and historical feminism, bushwhacking a path forward for the daughters of Amazonian Feminism. 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. In this group,…

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Heidegger, anxiety, fascination and negotiating within a range of possibilities

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Human Dasein is always structured as Being-in-the-world, or as a being who has concerns, has a stake in their disposition and involvements. One of the primary ways we engage with and understand this experience is through anxiety. Anxiety is a method to help us see our Being-in-the-world, in a way different from our usual, unreflective way. Beyond having a stake in our lives, we have our being in and through “world,” that is, various meaningful contexts and projects (pushed and…

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Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

**This event will be held online via zoom. Please RSVP to see the zoom link. *** 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…

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Author Talk: Ask a Philospher with Ian Olasov

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virtual Philosophy Network https://www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com is hosting Ian Olasov for a discussion of his upcoming book. Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions. https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250756183 Based on thousands of interactions on New York City streets, Ian Olasov has written a book about the philosophical curiosities of everyday pedestrians that is sure to delight anyone who loves life's most puzzling questions. Based on real-life questions from his Ask a Philosopher series, Ian Olasov offers his answers to…

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October 2020

Portland Association of Deleuze Studies: Difference and Repetition

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

!NO MEETING ON THURSDAY, 9/24/20! Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Difference and Repetition, by Gilles Deleuze, pgs 277 - 294 Please email Ian for details or questions about the group, or if you have trouble procuring a copy of the text: zen.sloth.collins@gmail.com The Zoom information for this meeting will be posted shortly before we begin. Group Description:Connect and laugh with other people who are curious about the liberating potential found in the writings…

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Twilight of the Cockroaches

October 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A society of cockroaches live peacefully in the apartment of a bachelor until a woman moves in and the humans begin to exterminate the cockroaches. Available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

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