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August 2020

René Girard Reading Circle: Desire, Deceit and the Novel

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We begin the Girard Reading Circle with his first book, "Desire, Deceit and the Novel." This study extends beyond the scope of literature into the psychology of much of our contemporary scene, including fashion, advertising, and propaganda techniques. In considering such aspects, the author goes beyond the domain of pure aesthetics and offers an interpretation of some basic cultural problems of our time. Authors discussed: Cervantes, Flaubert, Stendhal, Dostoevsky, Proust, et al. For this meeting please read the first two…

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Debate night – Looking for debaters (Dates TBD)

August 14 @ 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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When and how should we remove public monuments?

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When and how should we remove public monuments? Please read the 2 SHORT articles below in preparation for this discussion: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/statues-and-limitations/613444/ https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/statue-monument-united-states-belgium-britain/613390/

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Deleuze secondary literature reading group

August 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Deleuze, Kant, and the Theory of Immanent Ideas" by Daniel Smith This week we take a historical look at Deleuze's theory of ideas. Smith's paper draws parallels and contrasts with Kant's 3 Critiques and discusses the meaning of the dialectic in both thinkers. Daniel Smith is a widely recognized Deleuze scholar and has been called "the best philosophical reader of Deleuze in the English language." The paper is chapter 7 in Smith's Essays on Deleuzehttps://b-ok.cc/book/2040212/d43182 Starting time is 6 p.m.…

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Holy Grail Search Party – Genesis, Chapters 1–24

August 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

ASSIGNMENT: Chapters 1–24 of Genesis. We'll pick up from the Tree of Knowledge, which was only around the third chapter. We may not make it past 11 (the end of the Noahic Covenant), but I want to assign sufficient reading. There's also benefit in looking forward and applying what we learn retrospectively to earlier chapters since there is a lot of parallelism. We won't rush, but we'll try to remain focused and text-oriented. *** Is God dead? Let us find…

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Webs: Parables and Aphorisms

August 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This week, something a bit more fun. A sample of Kenneth Smith's aphorisms and short pieces. Little logic-bombs for consideration and pondering. 1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zyi8IIDPwm7I1ssbX8PhzreYu1yax1kR/view?usp=sharing 2. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FUo4hWGuwn7W3S-23mZPjIuKFnIfVdqa/view?usp=sharing 3. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-wuY7IhYulXB_s22koyX9j0ttPsZd3wOjEFe29ocmyQ/edit?usp=sharing 4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oQ2pvtSprp6VS7D0acF90oz_wQIRBp4gwETUlSJj9Nk/edit?usp=sharing

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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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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Heidegger and the question of the meaning of being

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What does it mean to be? What if I asked you what it means to be? What if you were talking to someone who doesn't speak english very well, and they asked you to explain the terms "be", and "is", and "are", and "being". What would you say? How would you explain those terms? When we say something "is", what do we mean? Perhaps you might say it means to exist. That doesn't help — what does "exist" mean? It…

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Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

August 17 @ 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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An economic theory/analysis of political action

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This is cross-posted from the Philosophers & Gamblers Philosophy Group(https://www.meetup.com/Philosophers-and-Gamblers/events/272548857/?isFirstPublish=true). It is a member of the Virtual Philosophy Network. Required Reading: https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~lebelp/DownsEcThDemocJPE1957.pdf Summary: "IN SPITE of the tremendous importance of government decisions inevery phase of economic life, economic theorists have never successfully integrated government with private decision-makers in a single general equilibrium theory. Instead they have treated government action as an exogenous variable, determined by political considerations that lie outside the purview of economics. This view is really a carry-over…

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