The third meeting will cover the last two Meditations
- Meditation V: of the essence of material things, and again of God, that he exists
- Meditation VI: of the existence of material things, and the real distinction between man's mind and his body
The presenter will be: (no presenter ID'd for this meeting)
A synopsis of the text is available from Wikipeadia at:
The text itself is available from the Gutenberg Archive at:
A note on our methodology.
READING: We don't tackle the full text in one sitting. We read smaller pieces of the text so we may have more detailed and (hopefully) rewarding discussion at the meetings. We will follow natural breaks in the texts and try to ensure no text takes longer than three months to read in full.
PRESENTATION: One member of the group will be responsible for presenting the reading at each meeting. The presenter should come prepared, preferably with notes to share with the other members of the group. Presentation is voluntary and really just ensures that at least ONE member of the group has actually read the assignment critically. Presenters are decided at the previous meeting and it is entirely voluntary (i.e. no one will force you to present).
SCHEDULE: We will try to schedule our meetings twice a month; on the first and third Thursday.
SECONDARY/SUPPLEMENT READING: We may - often - supplement the primary text with some secondary or supplemental reading to better understand/situate the text.
Other authors/works we intend to cover (in no particular order):
Niccolo Macchiavelli, "The Prince"
David Hume, "A Treatise of Human Nature", and "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding"
Thomas Hobbes, "Leviathan"
Plato, "Symposium", and"Republic"
Hegel, "Phenomenology of Spirit"