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Sophos -- Sherman Oaks Philosophical Society Meetup

  • Jan 27, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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We are continuing with Thomas Sowell's Conflict of Visions for our meeting this month. We have had two reasonably thorough introductory sessions with his basic ideas, and for our January sessions will start to go through the book.

Here is our standard intro:

At our meetings, we will discuss philosophers and their ideas, mostly by reading their works in translation. We are studying texts entry ways into ideas.

Those who attend should read the text 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 particpating 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet so many people who are interested in attaining knowledge through the exploration of big ideas.
    Thank you Rabbi Finley, a scholar and great facilitator.

    January 27, 2013

  • Ilene

    question...are there certain chapters being discussed.. since this is first time with your group; thank you

    January 25, 2013

    • Rabbi Mordecai F.

      each person should pick a section they would like to discuss. We won't be able to do the whole book.

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Rabbi. I am looking forward...

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A practical question, if you don't mind. How long does the meeting usually last?

    January 24, 2013

    • Rabbi Mordecai F.

      study from 3 to about 4:30; schmooze about half an hour afterwards.

      January 25, 2013

  • James E.

    I'm just wondering if there is any intention to eventually get back to Plato in this group. While I have nothing against reading Thomas Sowell, I'm a little confused as to why we dropped the Republic right in the middle.

    January 21, 2013

    • Rabbi Mordecai F.

      I think this will be our last meet up on Sowell. I actually did not plan for us to be here this long, but we never seemed to actually get to the text. Back to Plato soon, maybe next time.

      January 21, 2013

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