Nov 25, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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As we turn to studies of modern western political philosophy, at least for a time, we will start with Thomas Sowell's Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles .
As usual, we are no hurry to finish a text. We are using the text as a jumping point for a discussion to clarify philosophical ideas.
As far as background reading: I recommend you go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and type in the search box political thought, political philosophy, etc., and read on any author or topic that interests you.
I invite members of SOPHOS to list others sources and ideas on our member pages.
Here is our standard intro:
At our meetings, we will discuss philosophers and their ideas. We are studying texts entry ways into ideas.
Those who attend should read the text or otherwise prepare prior to coming to take full advantage of the discussion, especially if they want to participate in the discussion. Reading the text is not a pre requisite for attending, but it is for participating in the discussion, beyond asking a few pointed questions.
In our discussions, we take the axioms of a given philosopher (whatever we may determine them to be) as starting points, and will not spend much time critiquing those axioms. In addition, we assume that we may validly read and interpret a text.
Our goal is to be inspired, educated, elevated and deepened by our studies together, and to experience the spiritual delight of studying philosophy in a community of seekers.