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PLEASE SEE THE NOTE FROM THE NEW ORGANIZER BELOW THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION.
From Plato and Socrates to Putnam and Searle - this group is for anyone who wants to discuss and learn about philosophy as defined in the most academic sense. Topics include Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind. Discussions will be drawn on a short philosophical text that will be selected for each meetup.
Sample readings include: Plato’s “Apology” and “Crito”, Descartes’ “Meditations”, Hume’s “Enquiry of the Human Understanding”, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”, Bertrand Russell’s “The Problems of Philosophy”, and Searle’s “Intentionality”
For all you Continental philosophers, we will also dig into Existentialism and Phenomenology from time to time.
Who are we?
We are two UC Berkeley Philosophy majors that graduated in 2011 and have been starved for philosophical discussion ever since. Thi’s research interests lie in Epistemology and Ethics while Mila prefers Existentialism and Postmodern Philosophy.
I have been watching this group for some time and I see no reason to let it expire. So, I am your new Benevolent Dictator. Not really, this is a collaborative effort. I am open to suggestions from one and all about discussion material (not necessarily formally philosophical, good discussions become philosophical) and ideas to discuss, locations, times, how often to meet, how long for each meeting, whatever.
About me: I live in San Francisco with some roots in Sonoma County. I, and friends, have organized eight Great Books discussion groups in San Francisco in the last four years, I have two Great Books groups (both more than fifteen years old) and two literature discussion groups in Sonoma County, I participate in an informal politics and economics discussion group in Marin County and am a member of the Marin Philosophical Society. I have been organizing, leading, and participating in various discussion groups for over thirty years.
My vision for this group is that it NOT be a Great Books group. However, this does not preclude the use of Great Books readings if that is a good way to deliver the ideas which we wish to discuss. I believe in some structure in discussions so that they do not turn into bull sessions detracting from the discussion of the ideas we came together to discuss. And, we should have a good time. One rule: Be prepared not only to laugh at others but also at thyself.
I would love to hear from everyone, especially Jeff G, Mila Kogan, or anybody else involved in organizing. I will be starting to organize our first Meetup under the new regime, hopefully, in August. Mila, as you are still listed as an organizer, you are part of the new regime.
I will be posting some stuff under "more" and "files" at the top of the page. My email should appear at the top of this page or call me on my cell at 707-696-8335.
Looking forward to meeting all of you,