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July 2020

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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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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Writer’s Critique Group

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If this will be your first attendance, please contacts us at josueeh3@gmail.com to arrange your observation. Include information about yourself, your writing, your goals as a writer, and how the critique groups can best help you meet your goals. We'll respond with meeting information and details for your attendance. Our Tuesday critique groups are appropriate for writers of all intentions and backgrounds. We typically have between 40-50 participants in attendance each week, most of whom will not RSVP on meetup.com.…

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SEXUAL PERSONAE – Chapter 7: Shakespeare and Dionysus

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sexual Personae by Camille PagliaChapter 7: Shakespeare and Dionysus Online seminar. Note any questions, passages or concepts you'd like to discuss. Newcomers welcome! ***** 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 will consider her…

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Debate night – Looking for debaters (Dates TBD)

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is not a Meetup session, but a call for people who are interested in participating in virtual debate sessions. We had a very good debate session recently which has sparked interest in holding other debates. Please post here or send me a private message if you are interested in begin a debate participant. Mention the topic(s) you would be interested in debating.

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Hegel reading group: Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Hegel's Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences is a relatively accessible (by Hegel standards) overview of his entire mature system of philosophy. We will be reading the entirety of the first and third parts, Encyclopedia Logic and Philosophy of Mind (which covers Hegel's anthropology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy of right, aesthetics, philosophy of religion and philosophy of philosophy) and a small portion of the second part (Philosophy of Nature) Thanks to Dr. Justin Burke for developing the reading plan. PLEASE NOTE THAT…

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Why Philosophy?: Human Natures, Life, theory, values, God, Christianity

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

At this meeting, we will scream about Kenneth Smith's "Why Philosophy", a six part plinth covering human nature, philosophy, ethics, art, God, modernity, the objectivity of values, and divine law. 1 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/72913.html 2 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/72992.html 3 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73449.html 4 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73510.html 5 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/73947.html 6 https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/74093.html

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Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Live Reading)

July 13 @ 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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Tuesdays with William James: a study of the text Pragmatism (1907) online

July 14 @ 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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