Did you take a philosophy class in high school or college and wish you had taken more? Do you read philosophy texts independently but have no one to discuss them with? Then this group is for you.
We read authors considered "canonical." Although the majority of writers have been European and American, we are open to texts from other cultures. Representative philosophers have included Plato, Averroes, Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Kant, Hegel, Sartre, and Foucault. Most of the time we read a single book by a single author, but if their output has been substantial we will consider an anthology. We started the group in 2010 with the classical period and finished in 2013 with twentieth century writers. In 2014 we returned to the classical period and will repeat the chronology, adding new writers who were missed the first time around (to see the 2015 reading schedule, click here; for 2010-2015, click here).
Our group is somewhat of a hybrid, a combination of study group and book club. The backgrounds of our members vary: some have never taken a philosophy course and are essentially self-taught; others have doctorates in the field. Meetings are usually held at the Cleveland Park Library in DC, on the third Saturday of each month. Parking in the neighborhood is sometimes difficult, so people are encouraged to use metro, which has a station nearby.
Note: To remain viable, groups depend on the active attendance of members. Those who have not attended a meeting for twelve consecutive months will, at the discretion of the organizer, be dropped; those who are repeated no-shows or who frequently cancel within a few days of a meeting will be warned and, if the problem persists, also dropped.