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Sophos -- Sherman Oaks Philosophical Society Meetup

  • 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.

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  • Yvette

    This was a well-organized and thought-provoking meetup. I look forward to more discussions along this line.

    December 21, 2012

  • Rabbi Mordecai F.

    excellent discussion

    November 25, 2012

  • Gary H

    The liveliest discussion we've had, it seemed. It's hard to take on such a topic without getting tripped up and distracted with current realities. I agree, understanding the polarities is good for analyzing the mix in a hybrid reality. - Gary

    November 25, 2012

  • Arlene S.

    Rabbi Finley, Thanks for choosing the Sowell book. Given our divisive political climate, this book offers some explanations that might help us understand that divisiveness. I think we also may learn things about ourselves we haven't seen before. I know I am. So thanks. See you on the 25th. Arlene

    November 7, 2012

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