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RE: [philosophy-304] Attention all Thinkers! Please cast your vote for June and July topics!

From: Cliff
Sent on: Friday, May 1, 2009 10:16 PM
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Sent: Friday, May 01,[masked]:53 PM
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Subject: [philosophy-304] Attention all Thinkers! Please cast your vote for
June and July topics!

Hey Everyone,

The Twinsburg library is trying to do a newsletter and wants to include our
group, but they need to know what our discussion topics and books will be
for June and July. We need to know ASAP. I am suggesting that we choose from
the following books (because these have received lots of votes in the past

1) Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Neitzsche) - Neitzsche reacts to the Romantics,
Kant, and Hegel. He is known for challenging modern concepts of morality and
the role of religion in morality. 

2) Second Treatise on Civil Gov't (Locke) - Locke was both a philosopher and
scientist, and is best known for his political views and empiricism. His
works influenced European and American politics in the 1600s and 1700s.

3) Economic Facts and Fallacies (Thomas Sowell) - Sowell is a contemporary
economist. He seeks out to logically dismiss many popular economic (and
often political) misconceptions regarding gender, race, third world
countries, urban sprawl, academia, and the middle class.  The book is
readable, succint, and informative.

4) Christianity, Tolerance, and Homosexuality (John Boswell) - Boswell is a
Yale professor. Similar to Foucault in his "genelogy" approach to the
construction of morality and social mores, Boswell investigates the history
of homosexuality, social views of homosexuality, and Christian views of
homosexual behavior from the Roman empire on. Very well researched and
historically informative.

5) The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle) - Eckhart Tolle is a popular
contemporary thinker who combines Eastern and Western philosophy in books
that are both inspirational and pragmatic for one's psychological
well-being. Tolle sort of picks up where Sartre left off. He seeks to
understand the nature of the ego, consciousness, our metaphysical
relationship to one another, and how all of this factors into our behavior.
His works have been featured on Oprah's book club and appear on bestseller
lists. This book is very readable. 

Please respond to this posting ASAP with your vote. Please vote for 2 of the
above choices by going to­hinkers-club and clicking on
"message board." Reply to my "VOTE FOR UPCOMING TOPICS" post.

I hope that I see all of you at our upcoming Aristotle meetup this coming
Wednesday from 7-9pm.  The topic of discussion is friendship (What is the
role of a friend in one's ethical development according to Aristotle. How is
our concept of friendship different today? What is a friend and what role
(if any) should they play in helping us to live "the good life"?)


Amy H


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