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June 2020

Hume, Buddhism, Concept of Self, and Personal Identity

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is a cross-posted from the Philosophers & Gamblers Philosophy Group( https://www.meetup.com/Philosophers-and-Gamblers/events/271396685/ ) & a member of the Virtual Philosophy Network We have two reading for this event: Required Reading 1: https://mindrxiv.org/yq8gz/ Abstract"The problem of personal identity is often said to be one of accounting for what it is that gives persons their identity over time. However, once the problem has been construed in these terms, it is plain that too much has already been assumed. For what has been…

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

June 23 @ 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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Tuesdays with William James: a study of the text Pragmatism (1907) online

June 23 @ 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

June 23 @ 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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SEXUAL PERSONAE – Chapter 5: Renaissance Form

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online seminar for Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia. Newcomers welcome! Reading assignment: Chapter 5: Renaissance Form Note any questions, passages or concepts you'd like 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 brilliant and outrageous magnum opus, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. We…

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Hannah Arendt: Action and Thinking Plurality

June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For the German-American political theorist Hannah Arendt action is a unique activity that not only serves to realize the “who” for each political actor but joins people in a process of “world making.” It is through taking part in political action that humans come to actualize their plurality, “the fact that men, and not Man live on the Earth and inhabit the world.” Yet, as a penetrating critic of the tradition of Western philosophy, Arendt was also concerned with how…

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Daoism Demystified

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

This week we will be reading Tao Te Ching, chapters 32-36. This is a bit more than usual, but these chapters are largely repetitions of concepts we've seen already, so it may just be doable/ Zoom room will be posted on the day of meeting, so be sure to check back. *** 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…

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Portland Association of Deleuze Studies: Difference and Repetition

June 25 @ 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 91 - 103. 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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From Hell Reading group

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

From Hell (written, drawn and published over 1989-1998) by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The Comics Journal ranks it as the 41st most important/best English language comic of the 20th century. A meticulously recreated and elaborated presentation of the Whitechapel "Jack the Ripper" murders, subtly illustrated by Campbell. From the central events of the murders, the story expands to an exhaustive overview of modernity, history, gender issues, social…

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Social/racial/economic justice disc. group – Hannah Arendt Truth and Politics

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In response to the events we are experiencing around us, I am starting a reading/discussion group on social/racial/economic justice, human rights, inequality, allyship, etc. Assigned reading this week: Hannah Arendt's essay Truth and Politicshttps://idanlandau.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/arendt-truth-and-politics.pdf Late addition (short article)Want to Understand Right-Wing Rage? Go Back to Platohttps://publicseminar.org/2016/09/want-to-understand-right-wing-rage-go-back-to-plato/

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