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Grounding Experience in Discourse

This will be a continuation of the past meeting "Grounding Discourse in Experience."  (Compare the previous meetups description to the following.)

When we see a red triangle, experience duty, or understand a conversation, how are these 'experiences' grounded more originally in our discourse?  Until we need speak, or can speak, of these things distinctly as 'this red triangle', 'this duty', 'this understanding', in what way do we actually 'experience' any of these things?

To clarify: before I have a manner of speaking about 'red', that is, before such a dicourse is needful or available to me in some way, when I look at the red triangle what is it that particularly makes it red?  The red is not significant *in a certain sense* until it's relevant to a possible discourse, it seems.  How can we understand this better?

In this meeting we will have an opportunity to consider what it is to ground our experiences in discourse, and to consider what else we may *say* experience is grounded in (forms, sensations, &c).  There will be room to ask what an experience is and why we ever discuss it.

(With the term 'discourse' I am tending towards the Greek word 'logos' which we can discuss in the meeting.  It may be helpful for us to think bio-logy, anthropo-logy, physio-logy, &c, as all being primarily discourses rather than bodies of knowledge.)

There is no required reading.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a question as to why every time I go to filter there is no philosophy group there. Its pretty hard to find parking and then there is no forewarning that the meeting is canceled. Either there is an upstairs Im unaware of or the meetings are canceled. I love the coffee there and thank god Ceasar my friend was there but it would be helpful to know where the meeting is. Im lost in space

    May 9, 2013

    • George

      I found our group towards the back of the ground floor, as usual. This group, in my experience, never cancels a meetup. We are, however, soft-spoken and sometimes less caffeinated (not to mention less appearance-conscious than so many of those that define "Bucktown:" sippers assuming the Bohemian (re-)pose, often to distraction, insisting on the illuminating glow of the spotlight rather than using it to read Hegel. Please do give us another try. If you find us, you won't be disappointed.

      1 · May 10, 2013

    • Jenny T.

      Heather: don't be afraid to ask other people in Filter Cafe where the philosophy club is, including the employees. We have to ask for permission from employees to reserve a space usually.

      May 10, 2013

  • Cathy

    I may have food poisoning, so I have to sit this one out. Have fun all!

    May 9, 2013

    • George

      We hope you get better soon!

      May 10, 2013

  • Brian

    had to work

    May 9, 2013

  • George

    Someone suggested that advance "meet-down" suggestions might be helpful. To wit: The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Road; just west of the Irving Park - Brown line stop), where one needn't have any interest whatever in tonight's 8:30pm Blackhawks face-off (although I, and possibly a few others, might could). The Blackhawks do, after all, have the best "logos" in all of sports.

    May 9, 2013

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