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December 2020

Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies: Logic of Sense

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Logic of Sense, by Gilles Deleuze, series #12 & #13 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 of Gilles Deleuze. We meet…

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The Madman by Nietzsche

December 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When traditional coordinates have disappeared, how do you find orientation, purpose, meaning? How do I live my life when all the traditional coordinates that told me how to live my life have dropped out? What do I do when the institutions that tell me who to be, what to do, how to act, aren't functioning properly? When our ideas about the family are shattered, when our ideas about religion are shattered, when our ideas about the United States are shattered,…

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Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

December 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is a dazzling and accessible biography of the social and political maverick, jam-packed with fact and fun. In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery…

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Philosophical, Experimental, and Speculative Fiction: Xenogenesis, by O. Butler

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We'll be reading and discussing the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia E Butler. Come for one book or the entire trilogy! 12/4 @ 7:00pm - Dawn12/18 @ 7:00pm - Adulthood Rites1/8 @ 7:00pm - Imago Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith%27s_BroodGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/41747-xenogenesis *** Group description:Our intention is to read a novel roughly every two weeks (no more than ~300 pages), and then come together to discuss that novel's themes and ideas, largely from a philosophical perspective, though we'll also touch upon writer's craft and the…

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Dubliners: Two Gallants & The Boarding House

December 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This week we're going to discuss the stories "Two Gallants" & "The Boarding House" in James Joyce's Dubliners, as well as the essay "Two Gallants" by A. Walton Litz on page 327 of the Viking Edition: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eEU5BhlaumKsU1eahIqjjow1hV7AS5pW/view?usp=sharing Assigned readings is also Chapters 6 and 7 (pages 80-108) of Suspicious Readings of Joyce's Dubliners by Margot Norris: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UCHQ4PrYgX0a4SEK1Qtk8WBcw6YLqZ5B/view?usp=sharing We encourage people to use Don Gifford's Joyce Annotated which correlates with certain lines, words, and phrases: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qrKQQ0qwVUr8AGcp3ZDiR-fPdXA3gNC8/view?usp=sharing We're going to take a…

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Holy Grail Search Party: Acts of the Apostles (1–14)

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

HOLY GRAIL SEARCH PARTY is a religious text discussion group—like a Bible study gone rogue—where we can engage in theological exegesis using whatever critical approaches suit us. Looking at sacred texts from various traditions, we'll attempt to decode them for symbolic meaning and spiritual/psychological insight (putting aside religious dogma, cultural preconceptions, and absurd literalism). We may also explore secondary texts from various interpretive disciplines. ... This week we'll discuss the first half of ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (itself a continuation…

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VPN – Plain Logic vs. Mathematical Logic

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Virtual Philosophy Network (www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com) and SD Philosophers' Roundtable (www.meetup.com/The-San-Diego-Philosophers-Roundtable/) for a seminar on philosophical logic. ===== ----- ===== ----- ===== To all who RSVP, I will post the link to the online meeting about roughly, maybe 10 minutes before the event. ===== ----- ===== ----- ===== Following the meeting last time, https://www.meetup.com/The-San-Diego-Philosophers-Roundtable/events/kxhtsqybcnbhc/ , which develops foundationalism (a theory of justification) on a different foundation from conventional philosophy, let us reappraise logic as both a science and an art…

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The Zohar — Live reading

December 6 @ 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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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

December 7 @ 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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