Topic: Liberty

"Liberty" won the vote at our 3/27 meeting.

All members are encouraged to RSVP, but please do so as soon as possible since spots fill up quickly. 

Please make sure to RSVP only if you are able to attend since RSVPs are limited. If you RSVP, but need to change your plans, please make sure to come back to the meetup site to change your RSVP (at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting) to provide others with an opportunity to RSVP for this meetup.

We meet on the second level of the Barnes & Noble store, to the right of the cafe counter area in the back of the store (but not in the cafe itself). You will see a circle of folding chairs (and possibly a folding table) if you walk up to the cafe counter and then look to your right to the back wall of the store.

If all spots for the meeting have been taken, please put yourself on the "notify me" list. Since there has been a little confusion on how the "notify me" list works, here's a brief explanation: Spots are always filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. By putting yourself on the "notify me" list, you (as well as anyone else on the same list) will receive an email to inform you that a spot has opened up, but you still need to be the first person to RSVP for the spot in order to get it. Any member of the group can visit the group's site at any time before a meeting to RSVP for an open spot, but since most members only visit the group's site when they receive an email that announces a new meeting, being on the "notify me" list gives you an advantage since the entire membership is not notified via email when previously taken spots open up again.

I look forward to seeing you!


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  • Jane R.

    I think the topic would have been more interesting if it had been in the form of a question, rather than just one word. That might have prevented us spending so much time discussing whether liberty and freedom mean essentially the same thing.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • donna

    Always a great Meetup

    April 25, 2014

  • donna

    "But there is a sphere of action in which society, as distinguished from the individual, has, if any, only an indirect interest; comprehending all that portion of a person's life and conduct which affects only himself, or, if it also affects others, only with their free, voluntary, and undeceived consent and participation....This, then, is the appropriate region of human liberty. It comprises, first, the inward domain of consciousness; demanding liberty of conscience, in the most comprehensive sense; liberty of thought and feeling; absolute freedom of opinion and sentiment on all subjects, practical or speculative, scientific, moral, or theological" (Mill 273).

    April 22, 2014

  • donna

    It seems as though our thinking on liberty comes from the curtailment of it.
    Some of the philosophers who wrote on this are Locke, Paine, Mill.
    Here is a quote from John Stuart Mill:

    April 22, 2014

  • Robbie S.

    .......and liberty for all!

    April 11, 2014

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