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Philosophy Club

  • May 3, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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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

Readings (click on each to download):

Fisher Ch 3.  (Login as philclub; password is the name of the street we'll be meeting on, single word all lower-case.)

Devitt&Sterelny Ch 5.

Millikan "Biosemantics"

• Fisher Ch 2. (We read this last month, but if you missed that, it'll help to read this.)

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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  • Liam M.

    Hi Laura, Could you do me a favor while at at Scarborough Faire? Please remember me to one who lives there. She once was a true love of mine. Oh, one more thing. She owes me one cambric shirt (washed in a dry well & dried on a thorn), one acre of land (plowed with a ram's horn), a sickle of leather, a bunch of heather and a boatload of other random stuff. If she comes up this all this stuff, then she'll be a true love of mine. And not before!
    ;-) Sorry. My students are taking a test right now and I couldn't resist...

    May 3, 2014

  • Justin

    Oh, just a heads-up that the biennial arts festival is happening again this weekend in the nearby park, which means parking will be challenging (may be easiest to come in on Dumont and grab an open space if you see it) but there will also be art, food, and music nearby that you might like to check out.

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to Scarborough Fair today. I swear I will make it in June if it kills me.

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • Ryan

    I'm trying to coordinate my Saturday with somebody else. My schedule may end up going really far off though, so just trying to warn people that I made plans to come but my plans are shaky this day.

    May 3, 2014

  • Liam M.

    Hey, I would love to come, but not compatible with feline environments. Can I ask what reading specifically is being discussed on May 3rd? Thanks!

    April 25, 2014

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