What we're about

PLEASE SEE THE NOTE FROM THE NEW ORGANIZER BELOW THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION.

From Plato and Socrates to Putnam and Searle - this group is for anyone who wants to discuss and learn about philosophy as defined in the most academic sense. Topics include Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind. Discussions will be drawn on a short philosophical text that will be selected for each meetup.

Sample readings include: Plato’s “Apology” and “Crito”, Descartes’ “Meditations”, Hume’s “Enquiry of the Human Understanding”, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”, Bertrand Russell’s “The Problems of Philosophy”, and Searle’s “Intentionality”

For all you Continental philosophers, we will also dig into Existentialism and Phenomenology from time to time.

Who are we?

We are two UC Berkeley Philosophy majors that graduated in 2011 and have been starved for philosophical discussion ever since. Thi’s research interests lie in Epistemology and Ethics while Mila prefers Existentialism and Postmodern Philosophy.

NOTE:

Hi Thinkers,
I have been watching this group for some time and I see no reason to let it expire. So, I am your new Benevolent Dictator. Not really, this is a collaborative effort. I am open to suggestions from one and all about discussion material (not necessarily formally philosophical, good discussions become philosophical) and ideas to discuss, locations, times, how often to meet, how long for each meeting, whatever.
About me: I live in San Francisco with some roots in Sonoma County. I, and friends, have organized eight Great Books discussion groups in San Francisco in the last four years, I have two Great Books groups (both more than fifteen years old) and two literature discussion groups in Sonoma County, I participate in an informal politics and economics discussion group in Marin County and am a member of the Marin Philosophical Society. I have been organizing, leading, and participating in various discussion groups for over thirty years.
My vision for this group is that it NOT be a Great Books group. However, this does not preclude the use of Great Books readings if that is a good way to deliver the ideas which we wish to discuss. I believe in some structure in discussions so that they do not turn into bull sessions detracting from the discussion of the ideas we came together to discuss. And, we should have a good time. One rule: Be prepared not only to laugh at others but also at thyself.
I would love to hear from everyone, especially Jeff G, Mila Kogan, or anybody else involved in organizing. I will be starting to organize our first Meetup under the new regime, hopefully, in August. Mila, as you are still listed as an organizer, you are part of the new regime.
I will be posting some stuff under "more" and "files" at the top of the page. My email should appear at the top of this page or call me on my cell at 707-696-8335.
IDEAS ANYONE?
Looking forward to meeting all of you,
Jim Hall
rtijim@earthlink.net

Upcoming events (3)

The Evolution of Gender Roles and Relationships

Sebastopol Library

Few of us would question that gender roles and relationships are in a period of rapid and substantial change. Many would say that those roles and relationships need to undergo even more rapid and more fundamental change. Our culture has long referred to "the battle of the sexes" or complained "men/women...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." Those statements may have been made partially in humor, but they spotlight the struggle of very different genders needing, wanting, or having to relate to each other. This session explores what those differences, inter-dependencies, and attractions are; why they exist and where they may have come from, recently and over evolutionary time; and what all that means about how we might address them productively. The event is free. Advanced registration is required at https://www.meetup.com/North-Bay-World-of-Ideas/events/257758252/ or here in this page. Those who wish, are welcome to bring non-messy finger snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages to share. This event is not suitable for children or pets (other than service animals for the disabled). Please arrive a few minutes early (socialize, if you wish) or, at the latest, by 2:00 p.m.. You're welcome to leave quietly whenever you wish (preferably at the break or the end of the event). We hope you'll attend, but if you do need to cancel an RSVP, we ask that you please do so as soon as you know you will not be attending—preferably at least 48 hours before the event. See you then, Steve

Mini Law School: The Second Amendment

SF State Downtown Campus, San Francisco

This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from https://www.meetup.com/sfhumanists/events/259735204/ Please note: this starts at 2:30, which is earlier than our usual time. Did the framers of the Second Amendment intend only to protect the right to bear arms within a "well-regulated militia"? Proponents of gun control say yes. But does it even matter what the framers of the Constitution intended? Why can't we just craft rules that make sense today? Does the Constitution guarantee the right to own guns for self-defense? For defense against a tyrannical government? What kind of arms are covered by the Second Amendment? And who decides? We will try to answer these questions in the latest installment of the Mini Law School.

The Roots of Greed and the Lust for Power

Sebastopol Library

As we search for root causes for problems in the human experience, greed and the lust for power has to be one of the best places to look. Still, we have to ask ourselves why does it exist and why are elements of it so widespread? Widespread, long-term human behavior patterns usually have their basis in human evolution, usually from characteristics that had evolutionarily valuable advantages—or from their side effects. So this session will explore why greed and the lust for power is so prominent in the human behavioral repertoire; what beneficial contributions it may have made over evolutionary time; how it may have become too much of a good thing; the nature of its pathological expression; and possible ways of mitigating, redirecting, using, and limiting it. The event is free; however, we ask that you register in advance, here on this page or at www.SonomaLibrary.org/Sebastopol . Those who wish, are welcome to bring non-messy finger snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages to share. This event is not suitable for children or pets (other than service animals for the disabled). Please arrive a few minutes early (socialize, if you wish) or, at the latest, by 2:00 p.m.. You're welcome to leave quietly whenever you wish (preferably at the break or the end of the event). We hope you'll attend, but if you do need to cancel an RSVP, we ask that you please do so as soon as you know you will not be attending—preferably at least 48 hours before the event. See you then, Steve

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