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Mimesis: "The Book of Books" by Erich Auerbach continued... @ Comprehensivity

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Erich Auerbach's "Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature" became a instant classic after its publication in 1946, and founded the field of Comparative Literature. It has been cited in numerous essays on literature, philology and social sciences since then, but also became a widely read, translated and discussed work among educated audiences around the world. Auerbach traces the way that various notable authors of classical texts represent the world as they perceive it - comparing and contrasting authors from parallel or closely aligned periods. Literary mimesis is a key characteristic of how a society or a civilization perceives the nature of reality, the meaning of life, its values and its core beliefs.

A continuation of our discussion of Auerbach's work on the evolution of mimesis - representation of reality in Western literature. In this session we will continue our overview by looking at notable late classical and medieval writers that exemplify important developments in mimesis and its effects on style and meaning and expressed in literary works of art. Among the authors/works we will look at are The Annals of Tacitus, works by Ammianus Marcellinus, The History of Franks by Gregory of Tours, The Song of Roland, Dante's Divine Comedy and others.

Read “The Book of Books” a Review of Mimesis in the New Yorker here

Welcome to the series "Comprehensivist Wednesdays". Transdisciplinarity, Renaissance humanism, homo universalis, and Polymathy are some of the ways of describing this approach which Buckminster Fuller called Comprehensivity and described as “macro-comprehensive and micro-incisive”.

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The Gospel of John: Peter’s Denial Foretold: Chapters 13 v 36 to 38

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Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward.”
37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, cthe rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

Join us in studying The Gospel of John: Chapters 13

We strongly encourage you to read Aquinas commentary on Chapter 13 to prepare for the Meetup here

For each Meetup we will be focusing on a few verses at a time. Total

  1. Brief comments by Shrikant highlighting 3 points on the verses from Aquinas commentary.
  2. A 15 to 30 minute presentation by Gary who is currently writing his Master’s thesis on Chapter 13.
  3. Comments for 5 to 8 minutes each by Evanique, Beren, Becky, Joe, Brian, Penne and then anyone else who wants to offer their comments
  4. Second round of comments on all the previous comments & questions for Gary
  5. Gary answering all the questions asked.
  6. Closing remarks

October 13: Verses 1 to 11
October 20: Verses 12 to 20
October 27: Verses 21 to 30
November 3: Verses 31 to 32
November 10: Verses 33 to 35
November 17: Verses 36 to 38
See videos of past Meetups on Chapter 13 you may have missed here.

Goethe's Faust: a treasure trove of poetic & philosophic insight & inspiration

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Please join us on our 10-week journey for the exploration of Goethe's Faust - a masterpiece of world literature, as well as a treasure trove of poetic and philosophic insight and inspiration. "Faust" is filled with allusions to the classical, medieval and modern approaches in a quest for wisdom, meaning,self-knowledge and fulfillment. It is equally beautiful and challenging.

Led by Phil

Part I scene names are based on this edition - https://www.amazon.com/Faust-Bantam-Classics-English-German/dp/0553213482 , it is a nice verse-for-verse translation that has facing English/German. It's inexpensive and I highly recommend it - unfortunately it does not contain Part II, just Part I.

I don't have a strong feeling about a translation for Part I & 2 , here is a solid choice - https://www.amazon.com/Faust-Tragedy-Parts-Fully-Revised , although this is probably more valuable - a translation by Coleridge (Oxford University Press, 2007).(https://www.amazon.com/Faustus-German-Goethe-Translated-Coleridge).

  1. Session 1. Introductory remarks on Goethe and Faust. (Dedication & Prelude in Theater) September 25
  2. Session 2 Prologue in Heaven. (Beginning of Part I). Night. Before the Gate. Faust's Study. Study (cont.) - The Pact.
  3. Session 3 Aerbach's Cellar in Leipzig. Witch's Kitchen. A street. Evening. Promenade. A neighbor's house. A street. Martha's garden. A summer cabin. Forest and Cavern. Gretchen's Room. Martha's garden. At the wall. By the ramparts. Night. Cathedral.
  4. Session 4 Walpurgis Night. Night's dream. Gloomy day - field. Night Open field. Dungeon . (End of Part I)
  5. Session 5 Part II. Act I
  6. Session 6 Act II
  7. Session 7 Act III
  8. Session 8 Act IV
  9. Session 9 Act V (End of Part II).
  10. Session 10 Retrospectives on Faust.

What is Buckminster Fuller's Comprehensivity?

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What is Buckminster Fuller's Comprehensivity?

Hear answers from several Buckminster Fuller scholars & aficionados. If you are familiar with Bucky, please share what you have learnt with others. If you are new to Bucky’s ideas and work, come to learn. Let us all learn how to understand and apply Bucky’s ideas to life.

Welcome to the series "Bucky Inspired Comprehensivity to Understand and Change the World".

Buckminster Fuller championed a broad array of ideas to help us better understand and change the world. This series of events will engage these ideas and their practitioners to share, nurture, and develop this unique and urgent learning and doing mission to "make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone" as Bucky so famously put it.

Topics will range from the conceptual, scientific, and philosophical to nuts-and-bolts applications to arts and culture.

"Comprehensivity" is a word Buckminster Fuller used in a number of
writings in the 1960s and 1970s. In a series of essays and video explorations, CJ Fearnley has developed the concept into a Bucky-inspired
synthesis. Comprehensivity can be described as the quality of
comprehensive thinking that aspires to be "adequately macro-comprehensive and micro-incisive" by combining all we know in breadth for context and all we know in depth for clarity to improve our effectiveness in understanding and changing the world.

We invite everyone with a interest in learning about and participating
in this work to join us in forming a collaborative community to nourish
and support this important work and its practitioners.

The series will feature presentations by and interviews with
Bucky-inspired practitioners, aficionados, and artists. Some events
will explore works of Bucky, those inspired by or building on Bucky,
or with the same spirit as Bucky.

Please join us.

See: CJ Fearnley's Resources on Collaborating for Comprehensivity here

See the YouTube Playlist on Collaborating for Comprehensivity here

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Analects by Confucius: Chapter by Chapter

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