Book Club Potluck - "The Rebel"

  • Aug 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Marc will host the August 16 discussion of "The Rebel" by Albert Camus. Terry suggested this book. Here's a link:

The other option for July is my pick, "Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity" by Richard Rorty. See the August 23 Meetup.

The September poll results are in, and the winners are: Francesca's pick "Philosophy in the Flesh" by George Lakoff, and my pick "Coming Aprt: The State of White America,[masked]" by Charles Murray. Both Karl and John Hart have offered to host in September. Let me know if you'd be willing to host in the future. I need two volunteers per month.

Since we are always planning ahead, I've started the poll for our November selections. You'll find that under the "More" menu at the top of this page. Anyone who is a member of this Meetup can submit a title for the poll. Just send me an email or post on this site, and I'll add your selection. However, I will only include one title from each member. If you submitted a title last month, I've rolled it over into the new poll. If you want to change your recommendation, just let me know.

As always, it's essential that everyone who comes to the meeting reads the book in its entirety. Please also bring a food or drink item for the potluck.

Happy reading!


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  • Shakti

    Not enough time to get it read :(

    August 8, 2013

  • Sally A L.

    Something came up - have a wonderful discussion

    July 31, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Ironic for me that "The State of White America" is on the list: I am reading a deeply disturbing book about the abysmal state of Black America called "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, which I recommend (though not as a Book Club item, as it's not philosophical). Alexander chronicles how mass imprisonment has replaced slavery and Jim Crow laws as the means of social control and casting of poor Blacks, made possible by a phony War on Drugs and a complicit Supreme Court that has emasculated the 4th, 8th and 14th amendments, giving police and prosecutors unheard-of free reign. America went from 300,000 incarcerations to 2 million in 2 decades, mostly Black drug offenders, some serving 10 years for simple possession as politicians from both parties fell over themselves to 'get tough' on crime. Well written, but a sickening read!

    July 28, 2013

  • Karl K.

    I'm using this spot to urge you to vote for my suggested reading for one of the November meetups.

    Ronald de Sousa's "Emotion" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


    Despite my passionate defense of science as the best source of knowledge about the world, I do recognize that emotion plays a larger role in determining what and how we believe, value, and behave. It would be a fun and rewarding experience if we were to read this article on Emotion by one of the most eminent philosophers of emotion and cognition. de Sousa has written several books, including "Emotional Truth." While I would heartily recommend one of his books, they are on the expensive side. Alternatively, we could read this SHORT and FREE article in the SEP, and I am sure that it will give us a great overview of the philosophical issues surrounding emotion, and catapult us into a lively and rewarding discussion.

    Please vote!

    July 26, 2013

    • Terry O.

      Karl, I wil vote a 10 for de Sousa as long as you don't resubmit Big Data :)

      July 26, 2013

    • Marc W.

      Great idea, Karl. Thanks for the recommendation.

      July 26, 2013

  • Hyong K.

    Hi! Camus is one of the people who helped me a lot when I was in great difficulty.
    If there is a chance, that would be great for me.

    July 23, 2013

  • Sally A L.


    July 20, 2013

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