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July 2020

“Honey Pie” by Haruki Murakami

July 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Throughout Murakami's oeuvre... characters never cease to express their bafflement about the nature of time, or change, or consciousness, or moral choice, or the simple fact of finding themselves alive, in this world or another. In this sense, Murakami's heroes and heroines are all philosophers. It is natural, then, that his work should enchant younger readers, to whom the problems of being are still fresh, as well as others who never grew out of such puzzlements – that his books…

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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

July 6 @ 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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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

July 6 @ 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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Human Rights, and Ayn Rand

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is cross-posted from the Philosophers & Gamblers Philosophy Group(https://www.meetup.com/Philosophers-and-Gamblers/events/271690040/). It is a member of the virtual philosophy network. The importance of the notion of individual rights figures prominently in Ayn Rand 's work. We want to focus on this concept, and how this concept shapes other parts of her theoretical works on the role of governments etc. The readings and video are supposed to give you more focus on her notion of human rights Man’s rights https://ari.aynrand.org/issues/government-and-business/individual-rights/pov-mans-rights-the-nature-of-government/ Nature of…

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Philip Rieff: Cultural Criticism and Human Meaning

July 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Philip Rieff delineates a modern world failing in its charge to provide meaning, fulfillment, community and culture. A profound cultural and social void exists at the heart of modern life, and our standard solutions provide meager succor. For a world that stands on the precipice of catastrophe, Philip Rieff outlines a comprehensive framework for conceiving of our cultural crisis, an overview invaluable for anyone wishing to correctly comprehend our historical era. Reading: Rieff, The Emergence of Psychological Man (11 pages),…

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Tuesdays with William James: a study of the text Pragmatism (1907) online

July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

William James' Pragmatism (1907) consists of a series of lectures given to the equivalent of Meetup groups of his time. He presents a unique set of views about truth, knowledge, reality, religion, and philosophy. In this series of discussions we will read and discuss this fundamental text chapter by chapter. James can seem deceptively simple. His writing is not convoluted and obscure like the worst of the Continental philosophers, nor is it overly dry and technical like the worst of…

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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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