March 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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All these talks about foundationalism (Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14) and antifoundationalism (Feb. 28) are fine for contemplation, but is any of it practical in everyday living? This meeting draws from a recent member's feedback.
Instead of starting from a conceptual blank slate and build up knowledge foundationally (or not), Let's start with today's world markets of which everyone in one form or another is an active participant. We will look at these markets, examine what abstract ideas and principled thoughts underlie them, and trace them through all the high-level, derivative branches of knowledge, all the way back to philosophy, and maybe all the way back (or not) to some foundation.
Here is the sentence of a reply of mine that sparked the idea for this meeting:
If you are looking to study certain fundamental relationships between existence and human beings; if you want to see how philosophical ideas and thoughts affect a person's way of thinking about the world, people, and society; if you want to see how moral values and virtues from a particular philosophical system can affect how an individual will acquire things, value relationships, and manage institutions, as well as how that person will act and react in everyday situations and during really difficult ones; if you want to make comparisons among different philosophical systems, among different conceptions of human nature, among different ethical standards, among different political systems, among different market systems; if you want to see whether valid ideas will lead to prosperity, and invalid ones to misery; and if you want to know whether there are psychological tools, methods, and standards that can help people to discover these differences and maybe to protect themselves against invalid ideas, immoral influences, and noxious manipulations; well, then, this is the place for you.
Is the task of discovering these ideas and thoughts even possible? Can one make a case for or against there being a structured body of knowledge that underlies today's markets? Attend the meeting to find out.