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Wittgenstein, Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism

  • Sep 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This year is not just the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, it is also 100 years since one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein, began writing his highly Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Come and discuss Wittgenstein's impact on modern philosophy, the problems with so-called logical positivism, the Vienna Circle, and what all of this has to do with Tolstoy! 

The recommended reading, as usual, can be found here.

RSVP for this event will begin on 9/1 at 7pm.

This meetup will take place at Massimo's apartment in Chelsea (near the 1, C, E, F, N, and R subways), which is conducive to a much more relaxed and far less noisy experience than a restaurant setting. We will provide dinner (mostly Italian vegetarian dishes, plus one protein-based entree) and wine (choice of white or red). The fee for the meetup+dinner is of $20/person (less than you would typically spend at a restaurant!), and if you want wine (half a bottle) it is $28/person. You will be asked to pay the basic fee upon a successful RSVP; if you wish to add wine you will be asked to kindly pay the reminder of the fee in cash at the meeting.

Details on how to get to the meetup will be provided to registered participants. Please keep in mind that this event will take place at a private residence, so do NOT arrive early, since we will be cooking and setting things up, and do NOT linger afterwards, since your hosts will be cleaning up and relaxing after a good evening’s work. Thank you.

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  • Laurence M.

    Excellent discussion that ranged all over, from artifIcial intelligence, to what is metaphysics, to genetics and "physicalism"!

    1 · September 15, 2014

  • Gregg

    life without language, very interesting segment on deaf people who had never been taught signing AND after they were taught signing/language. worth the listen.

    September 15, 2014

  • David M.

    Thanks again to Cori for cooking and Massimo for leading the discussion. Very enjoyable.

    Forgot to mention this article during our conversation about AI:

    September 15, 2014

  • Laurence M.

    Hi Massimo,
    I have not received directions for tonight...can you please re-send?
    thanks, Laurence

    September 15, 2014

    • Massimo

      Laurence, will do in a minute, to the whole group.

      September 15, 2014

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