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September 2020

Greek class/character types & proportions

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Greeks have a very nimble sense of the way context colors the meaning of what is said or thought; that is what makes the aphoristic writings of Heraclitus so dark and daunting--they have no more context than we are capable of generating for them, out of their own intrinsic implications. To an enriched mind, these sayings speak volumes; to an impoverished mind, they are obscure and mystifying. The Greeks' keen sense of natural order, of the primal idioms that…

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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

September 21 @ 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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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

September 21 @ 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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Sexual Personae, Chapter 14 – Light and Heat: Shelley and Keats

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

***Permanent scheduling change to Mondays at 6PM*** This is an online seminar for Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia. This week we'll be reading Chapter 14 - Light and Heat: Shelley and Keats. Read whatever poems you can that are cited in the chapter, or whichever ones strike you. ***** A fierce and provocative voice, Camille Paglia calls out the bullshit of contemporary and historical feminism, bushwhacking a path forward for the daughters of Amazonian Feminism. She will repel, inspire, intimidate,…

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Heidegger, authentic Dasein and the return to culture

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1) Heidegger tells us that cultural transformation is impossible without answering the question of what is the meaning of being. 2) If we're going to figure out what it means for something to be, we have to pick something to assess. 3) Heidegger suggests we start with examining the being of human Dasein. 4) It is popularly considered that Humans are different from things and animals. 5) Humans have concern over the disposition of our lives, and we have our…

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Being No One by Thomas Metzinger

September 21 @ 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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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is cross-posted from the Philosophers & Gamblers Philosophy Group(https://www.meetup.com/Philosophers-and-Gamblers/). It is a member of the Virtual Philosophy Network( https://www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com/). Please connect with us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virtualphilosophynetwork for new events. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" is an essay published by the culture critique Walter Benjamin in 1935. The essay examines the artistic, cultural, social, economic and political functions of art in society. What is the relationship between artists and patron and does the 'reproducibility' of…

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René Girard Reading Circle: Desire, Deceit and the Novel

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

******NOTE THE NEW TIME****** 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. ********************************************************************************READINGS: CHAPTER 5 of…

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Beautiful Darkness

September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kerascoët’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine…

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Deleuze’s D&R: the 3 syntheses and the unconscious

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This group extends our weekly discussions of Deleuze's Difference and Repetition at the Portland Association of Deleuze Studies. This week we take a fresh look at Deleuze's 3 syntheses of time and the unconscious. Our primary reading will be chapter 1 "The Beyonds of the Pleasure Principle", from Aaron Schuster's book The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis. The book is available here:https://b-ok.cc/book/3572761/9e2fac For anyone wanting to go deeper, this paper explores the 3rd synthesis in more detail: Daniela Voss"Deleuze's…

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