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January 2020

Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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We currently have a few openings for new participants. Please read the entire of this description before RSVPing. This writer's group critiques fiction 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 works and authors that inspire us may vary, and widely. Nonetheless, here's…

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Seminar: Buddhism and The West

January 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Buddhism and The West, hosted by Richard Pope Reading assignment: "A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real," by Glenn Wallis, pgs 1 - 43. I realize that this is a long reading assignment, but please do your best. If it proves to be too long, then we'll cover some of this material in a future discussion. Secondary reading: https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/. Glenn Wallis developed many of his ideas on this blog, especially in its early - mid history.…

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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies

January 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, by Gilles Deleuze, Chapter 7 (we probably will make it half way?) PDF of the text: https://monoskop.org/images/c/c8/Deleuze_Gilles_Expressionism_in_Philosophy_Spinoza.pdf Please email Ian for details or questions about the group:iang08@gmail.com Description:Come connect and laugh with the other people in your town who are curious about the liberating potentials in the writings of Gilles Deleuze. Presently we are planning on meeting weekly to read and discuss the writings…

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Readings in the History and Philosophy of Science

January 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Market of Choice – Goat Blocks – SE Portland, OR, 1090 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Our time period is now 1870 to 1930, an era which included among other developments logical positivism. It's the era from Frege to Quine. We might characterize the era as wrestling over metaphysics, or re-conceptualized, the question at issue what can be done with language. We are at the fountainhead of analytic philosophy. To invite in this discussion I propose we look at two pieces, one Heidegger's Freiburg inaugural address, 'What is metaphysics?', and the other Carnap's response to it,…

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*NEW* Salon: Game Theory, Strange Attractors, and the Aesthetic Dimension

January 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215 us
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INFORMATION SESSION FOR:Game Theory,Strange Attractorsand the Aesthetic Dimension A biweekly salon,in 6 sessions,each in three acts Central Text:Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse This multi-media salon is designed to stimulate intellectual discourseand creative output through... 1. developing a shared conceptual toolkit, unbounded by discipline or specific media2. practicing the art of discourse with a special interest in erisology, the study of disagreement3. creating content in digital and physical mediums 1. The three primary subjects of investigation for this…

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Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Digitality/Singularity…

January 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Postmodernity, Nihilism, Trans/Post-Humanism, Philosophy of Horror, Digitality/Singularity, Speculative Realism, etc., hosted by Richard Pope Reading assignment: "The Rebel," by Albert Camus, section titles: "Metaphysical Rebellion," "The Sons of Cain," "Absolute Negation," "A Man of Letters," and "The Dandies Rebellion." (Pages 23 - 55 in the PDF below.) Free PDF: https://www.bibotu.com/books/2013b/Camus,%20Albert%20-%20The%20Rebel%20%281951%29.pdf Secondary reading assignment: "The Myth of Sisyphus," by Albert Camus. I recommend reading this book alongside "The Rebel" because it'll provide a greater foundation for understanding Camus' philosophical project.…

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What is Post-Structuralism?

January 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201 us
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Assigned reading: Chapter 8 of The Order of Things by Michel Foucault. Structuralism is the methodology that seeks to understand human behavior and events through systems that arose in sociology, anthropology, and linguistics in the early twentieth century as a parallel to existentialism in Europe. Post-structuralism, by extension, can be considered the continuation or rejection of this movement. This seminar seeks to address the question of what post-structuralism is by reading a handful of authors who could be considered “structuralists”…

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Seminar: Buddhism and The West

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Seminar: Buddhism and The West, hosted by Richard Pope Reading assignment: "A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real," by Glenn Wallis, pgs 17 - 43. Secondary reading: https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/. Glenn Wallis developed many of his ideas on this blog, especially in its early - mid history. This reading assignment is not necessary, but will serve as a good compliment to our discussion of "A Critique of Western Buddhism." We'll be teleconferencing with Glenn during an upcoming meeting, I…

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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies

January 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies, hosted by Ian Garlington, PhD Reading assignment: Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, by Gilles Deleuze, Chapter 7PDF of the text: https://monoskop.org/images/c/c8/Deleuze_Gilles_Expressionism_in_Philosophy_Spinoza.pdf Please email Ian for details or questions about the group:iang08@gmail.com Description:Come connect and laugh with the other people in your town who are curious about the liberating potentials in the writings of Gilles Deleuze. Presently we are planning on meeting weekly to read and discuss the writings of Deleuze. We will proceed at a pace…

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Plato’s Republic: Book IV

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
512 SE 60th Ave, 512 SE 60th Ave
Portland, OR 97215 us
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So we have reached Book 4. We're still constructing the just city; many challenges lie ahead. Book 4 spends time discussing the unity and soul (most likely pre-socratic influence). The city is divided into three classes of people and four virtues: wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. Please read the book prior to the meeting. The translations that we encourage/recommended are Bloom, Sachs, R E Allen and Reeve. We have a pdf of the latter - let us know if you…

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