The Denver Philosophy Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • August 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Celebrate life and wisdom! Topics that are the usual suspects: Free Will That's pretty much a freebie, so to speak. We keep going over the same ground, about how it can be that we have responsibility and apparent choices even though everything we do is inescapably inevitable. Morality Closely tied to Free Will, it comes up a lot these days. Some people have persistent conniptions over the fact that even without ultimate authorities breathing down your neck, most folks still manage to do the right thing, and the conniption sufferers can't seem to figure out why that is or accept it. Consciousness Seen as something mystic, ghostly and ineffable by some, and straightforward as an adding machine by others, it tends to wane as wine flows and we get closer to the political discussion period (note that political discussion is punishable by severe castigation until after the end of the meeting at 9pm). If you would like to sharpen your wits against the whetstones of inexorable logic...this probably isn't the group for you. But, if you would like a lively discussion to rival those you spent in the wee hours at college, while your brain marinated in substances whose names you can no longer pronounce now that you've taken them, then by all means join us!

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  • Jeffrey L.

    That was a fun evening!

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Michael O.

      Yeah, good to meet you all.

      August 28, 2013

  • James

    I've a question for the non-academic philosophers. What book first aroused your curiosity or interest in philosophy? For me, it was "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and Nietzsche's "Ecco Homo". I'm curious, because a friend of mine, with no background (other than maybe a course or or two) asked me for recommendations. My first thought was ZaMM, and I thought "Consolations of Philosophy" might be good, but I've never read it. I also thought, "Sense and Goodness without God" would be a good start, but I don't know their religious background.
    Any recommendations?

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I liked "Dancing Wu Li Masters". Probably best to start with non-primary works to build interest and not overwhelm.

      August 26, 2013

    • Luna

      I have always had an interest in history, which in many ways goes hand in hand with philosophy. But I think most recently it may have been "stranger in a strange land"

      August 26, 2013

  • Anneli

    Was anyone aware that we are scheduled for December 25th? I know there are a lot of atheists in the group, but maybe we should do another day anyway. ;)

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Anneli

      Could make for an interesting Christmas. lol

      August 21, 2013

    • Michael

      Yes, especially if your religious family members come to visit :p

      August 22, 2013

  • Jesse R.

    For me it was when a roommate who was taking a class in philosophy and recommended a book by aurther schopinhour lol sorry for the mis spelling but I believe any book that would challenge conventional thinking. Prehaps even something that they would disagree with. But whatever the case something that challenges them to think and question.

    August 15, 2013

  • Jesse R.

    Sounds good

    August 15, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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