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Philosophy Club

  • Dec 14, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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What: Philosophy Discussion Group

When: (Usually) 1st Saturday of each month, from 2pm – 5pm. 
This month will have the meeting on the 2nd Saturday due to a scheduling conflict .

Where: Justin & Tammy's house in Richardson [*BYOD&S]

How: Readings discussed in-depth amongst the group. No tests, no lecture… we help teach each other in a spirit of learning.

We will usually be reading from a book one will have to purchase, but sometimes there will be articles provided online.


Meeting Topic & Reading List

December we will be concluding our discussion on the Philosophy of Mind with a more in-depth discussion about consciousness.


This month we are reading two papers, one by Dennett and one by Blackmore. If you send me (Gregg) or Keith your email address, we will send them to you.

(You can send a message by clicking on a name and then on the link near the top that says 'send email'.)

Meeting Format

10 minute introduction to the material

Depending on attendence, we may split into smaller groups (4 - 8 people)

2 part group discussion of readings with a 10 minute break in between

Reconvene into large group to share highlights of small group discussions





Readings are not neccessarily required, but we ask that you please stay on topic during the discussion.

We are teaching each other in a "spirit of learning": we should be humble (we do not know everything), eager to learn, and willing to challenge each other while being kind and considerate.

There will be people of various backgrounds in philosophy — you do not need to be an expert in philosophy to be in the group (e.g. I'm not; Justin is).  If a topic is new to you, here are some good resources, if you are interested:
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy





[*BYOD&S] "Bring Your Own Drink & Snack".  You might get thirsty or hungry — feel free to bring whatever (non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks you'd like (preferably something shareable with the group).
— A note to those with cat-related allergies: Justin and Tammy have cats — one of whom will be rather happy to mingle with all the nice people who came to see him....
>^. . ^<



In a post on Common Sense Atheism, "How to Do Philosophy Better", Luke Muehlhauser summarizes an essay by Paul Graham. In that essay, Graham proposes the following:


Here's an intriguing possibility. Perhaps we should do what Aristotle meant to do, instead of what he did. The goal he announces in the Metaphysics seems one worth pursuing: to discover the most general truths. That sounds good. But instead of trying to discover them because they're useless, let's try to discover them because they're useful.

— Paul Graham, "How to Do Philosophy"


Given a lot of our common values, I think we can study philosophy in a way that helps us, that is useful to us, rather than as something that is considerably esoteric or futile.


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  • Keith K.

    Great ending to 3 years of Philos Club. Next session in Jan should be really good!

    December 14, 2013

  • RICH P.

    Thanks Justin, I think I can manage to make it to Spring Valley and Coit Road, and then wait for the Pony Express Ride, hop on the back and gallop on over or then again wait for some astute Humanoid Philosopher to book me a flight on ones' Magic Carpet. Yes, I know they exist and some have managed to acquire them, I just haven't transported mine to me as yet. I am, at this time making a Study as to expedite the procedure. Hope to see you soon and Have a Wonderful Merry Christmas. RICH

    December 14, 2013

  • RICH P.

    Very interested in the mind, would come if I had a ride there, I live near SMU, know anyone over there and is coming, let them know and we can share the ride, if not perhaps some other time. Have a deep and fulfilling discussion with your minds.

    December 12, 2013

    • Justin

      Hi Rich, I'm not sure if anyone will be coming from the SMU area, but if you can get over to the DART line, coming up by transit is pretty easy. Take the redline up to Forest lane and the 451 bus to Dumont Ave, or take the redline to Spring Valley and the 400 bus to Cottonwood Park. There's also a fair chance we can get someone to take you from/to Spring Valley DART station to save that one bus transfer.

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group and was considering attending the philosophy meeting. I checked out the references above, but is there any one reference in particular that is currently being read and discussed that I should acquire before the meeting?


    November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Understood Gregg, thanks.

      November 28, 2013

    • Gregg

      December 14th is official, and the site has been changed to reflect that.

      December 10, 2013

  • Gregg

    All, Justin has sent me 2 articles, but it appears I don't have enough access to the site to link to them above. For those who are interested: If you send me your email, I can send them to you directly. My work schedule is pretty busy this week, so the whole process may take a while.

    December 9, 2013

    • Keith K.

      Gregg, in case you had not gottten to it yet i sent the handouts to Jim, Sally, and Adriana. Jean's e-mail addr was invalid (the _). Also if Gregg deletes his comment above that started this exchange all of the replys will also go away.

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Gregg

      Thanks, Keith. I did finally send them the files too. I also sent one to Daniel, since I already had his email address.

      December 9, 2013

  • Jim B.

    My email is [masked]

    December 9, 2013

  • Jean W.

    I missed the last meeting. Is there a book or article we will be discussing in December?

    December 8, 2013

  • Sally R.

    Thanks Gregg!

    November 28, 2013

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