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Philosophy Club

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  • What: Philosophy Discussion Group

    When: 1st Saturday of each month, from 2pm – 5pm
    (3 hours, including a break)

    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

    Topic TBA

    Readings TBA

    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". biggrin 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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  • Gregg

    Unfortunately, due to scheduling constraints, this meetup will not happen on March 1st.

    February 23, 2014

  • Keith K.

    And the readings are?

    February 15, 2014


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