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May 2020

Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

May 25 @ 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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Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 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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On Becoming an Adult: Autonomy and the Moral Relevance of Life’s Stages

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

What is it about a person's becoming an adult that makes it generally inappropriate to treat that person paternalistically any longer? The Standard View holds that a mere difference in age or stage of life cannot in itself be morally relevant, but only matters insofar as it is correlated with the development of capacities for mature practical reasoning. This paper defends the contrary view: two people can have all the same general psychological attributes and yet the mere fact that…

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Sexual Personae: Online Seminar

May 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday May 27, 6:30 pm PSTAssignment:Sexual Personae By Camille PagliaChapter 2: The Birth of the Western Eye, pg. 39 - 57We will cover the second half of the chapter in discussion Come with a paragraph you find interesting that you want to discuss. ********A provocative, fierce and divisive voice, Camille Paglia shatters the bullshit of contemporary and historical feminism to bushwhack a path forward for her daughters, the Amazonian Feminists. She will repel, inspire, intimidate, provoke and shock with her…

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Daoism Demystified

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This week we will be finishing Zhuangzi chapter 2. An online translation can be found here: https://ctext.org/zhuangzi/adjustment-of-controversies although I do still recommend reading the Brook Ziporyn or Burton Watson translation if you can. *** Daoism in the west (and perhaps too in the east) has always had this mysterious and mystical reputation. And when a person open the first page of the Tao Te Ching (or Dao De Jing, for a more accurate pronunciation) and sees something like this: "These…

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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies: Difference and Repetition

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Difference and Repetition, by Gilles Deleuze, pgs 50 - 64. 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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Force Theology Film Club: UNCUT GEMS

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Force Theology Film Club is for anyone with an interest in philosophical film analysis. Here we meet to share our observations, theoretical interpretations, and critical evaluations of an assigned film This week's film is Uncut Gems (2019), directed by the Safdie brothers, and starring Adam Sandler in a critically-acclaimed dramatic role. There are a lot of things to discuss: the mystical significance of gems, how narrative suspense relates to addictive compulsion, the bizarre yet compelling soundtrack—and whatever else captures your…

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June 2020

The Pragmatism of William James, an online discussion

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

William James was a highly original thinker in the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy. His work influenced generations of thinkers in Europe and America, including Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Along with C.S. Peirce, he was the founder of the movement known in the U.S. as Pragmatism and in the rest of world as American Pragmatism. In this online discussion we will consider James's pragmatic theory of meaning, truth and knowledge and touch on his…

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ONLINE Seminar: Intelligence and Spirit, by Reza Negarestani

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ONLINE SEMINAR: "Intelligence and Spirit," by Reza Negarestani Book description:"A critique of both classical humanism and dominant ends in posthumanism that formulates the ultimate form of intelligence as a theoretical and practical thought unfettered by the temporal order of things." Reading assignment 6/7/2020: Chapter 2, pages 87 - 145 This seminar is a collaboration between the Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club and Portland's People's Colloquium.

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