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Nagel, "The View from Nowhere"

  • Apr 3, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Please read the following carefully before RSVP-ing:

Come out and join our reading and discussion of Chapter 4 (The Objective Self) of Nagel’s “The View from Nowhere”.


Attendance is limited to seven persons. This is a function of the limits of the space available, and a desire to nurture effective discussion. Please remember to change your RSVP status if you are unable to attend (things happen, right?)


The Nagel book is available for download at a local library or for purchase at amazon.


After spending some time introducing ourselves, we will go around and open ask for general comments on the reading; then starting with the first section, we will ask which sections (or paragraphs they found interesting/challenging/discreditable…) and read/discuss those portions; finally we will go around once more and ask for closing comments.

A Poem for You

I have been one acquainted with the night. 
I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet 
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
A luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

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  • Josefina A.

    All I want to sat is that the JLW -- jacques Lacan Workshop -- is taking place on Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:30 pm , Steinhardt Art, Einstein Auditorium, 43 Stuyvesant St (3rd Av & 9th St.)
    We are studying Jacques Lacan: Seminar lli, The Psychoses, ch 2,
    "The meaning of delusion".

    It is free and open to all.

    April 28, 2013

  • Randall

    When you encounter a concept that seems, at first glance, to be obvious or else meaningless, and then discuss the possible subtleties with other thinkers until you see genuine profundity there, you remember why you chose this hobby in the first place. It was a great conversation.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Rob

    Hard Coal

    Those who risk blood and bone
    under the creak and groan
    of shifting seam
    teeth clenched against the task
    the noise, sweat and dust
    carbide lamps flaring
    in the breath-stealing damp
    a never ending claustrophobic forboding
    of sweating men swallowed up whole
    in ferocious forests of night
    lives consumed
    in the relentless bowels of the beast

    (For my grandfather, dead at age 48 of silicosis)

    1 · April 1, 2013

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