What we're about

Claremont Philosophers is your group to learn, share, and teach within a community of people dedicated to using knowledge to make the most of this rather unlikely thing called "life" we find ourselves endowed with.

From college kids, to retired business people, from PhDs to those who have never cracked open a philosophy book before, our group is about inclusion, while at the same time having what Nietzsche called the "courage for an attack on [our] convictions."

Any topic that can benefit from scrutiny and drive us towards introspection is game. We have discussed everything from the disability community and feminism, to Kant, determinism, and the philosophy of science. We look forward to discussing the topics you suggest!

Upcoming events (5)

Innovation Ethics Workshop

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Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/uMEFzGG For all intents and purposes, we live in the innovation age. Technology is marching on, people reject tradition and instead opt for something “new”, and belief systems are fluid. However, we lack a complete, or even a well developed conceptual framework for innovation. Furthermore, literature from innovation leaders - venture capitalists, tech CEOs, and self help gurus - is bland, financially motivated, and cultish. Through the Innovation Ethics Workshop, we are soliciting comprehensive arguments to three simple questions any ethics should address. In their general form: what is X; who is responsible for X; and how should we value X. Applied to innovation: 1. What counts as an innovation? 2. Who should be innovating? 3. How should we value innovations? Through group discussions and a community experience, we hope participants will explore these questions and produce blog, article, or even book length treatments in order to initiate a new, more interesting innovation literature. For those looking for place to start their thinking, I recommend Jill Lepore’s 2014 article in the New Yorker: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/06/23/the-disruption-machine/amp

Nietzsche's System - the final chapter

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Online meeting location: https://discord.gg/3KHhfmerMR We will be reading the final chapter of John Richardson's book, "Nietzsche's System:" chapter 4 on truth for this week. The expectation is that everyone will have read the introduction and chapter 1 by our first meeting on December 18th. We will then read one chapter per week of the four chapter book until we get to the end of the book. This group is for Nietzsche scholars and neophytes alike. Please join us, and share with your friends and on social media. Below is a link to where you can buy a copy of the book on Amazon. Beneath that is a link to a free copy (I make no guarantees that the free version is accurate, safe, or legal). There are of course many other sources where you can buy, rent, or borrow the book: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00VQVNKDG&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_DVXYFbV7NVJC5 https://b-ok.org/book/785429/748fdd

Plato's Parmenides (SEP article)

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Online meeting location: https://discord.gg/zN7pngH This weeks reading: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WgnuoVuz3_Gol6uxQ0q8wqqv_02_ccWt/view?usp=sharing "The Parmenides is, quite possibly, the most enigmatic of Plato’s dialogues. The dialogue recounts an almost certainly fictitious conversation between a venerable Parmenides (the Eleatic Monist) and a youthful Socrates, followed by a dizzying array of interconnected arguments presented by Parmenides to a young and compliant interlocutor named “Aristotle” (not the philosopher, but rather a man who became one of the Thirty Tyrants after Athens’ surrender to Sparta at the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War). Most commentators agree that Socrates articulates a version of the theory of forms defended by his much older namesake in the dialogues of Plato’s middle period, that Parmenides mounts a number of potentially devastating challenges to this theory, and that these challenges are followed by a piece of intellectual “gymnastics” consisting of eight strings of arguments (Deductions) that are in some way designed to help us see how to protect the theory of forms against the challenges. Beyond this, there is precious little scholarly consensus. Commentators disagree about the proper way to reconstruct Parmenides’ challenges, about the overall logical structure of the Deductions, about the main subject of the Deductions, about the function of the Deductions in relation to the challenges, and about the final philosophical moral of the dialogue as a whole." We are open to all members of the community. We would like as much diversity in thought and background as possible. No background in philosophy is necessary -- though it does not hurt! We also have a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/claremontphilosophers/

Korsgaard's Fellow Creatures Reading Group

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We will meet on Discord: https://discord.gg/zN7pngH The UCLA philosophy reading group (you do not have to be a UCLA student or alumnie to attend, this is open to everyone) will be reading Christine M. Korsgaard's book 'Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals'. Korsgaard is a top Harvard ethicist who is famous for arguing that the ethical philosophy of Kant and Aristotle are almost completely compatible and for combining the two seamlessly across her entire body of work. [Anthony] believe Fellow Creatures is a good book to read because it begins with the most fundamental question in ethics: what is the good? She spends several chapters providing her account of goodness before even attempting to answer more complicated questions, building on the basic, plausible steps as she moves. It is almost as if she is rebuilding ethics from the ground up, step by step, as slowly and convincingly as possible (whereas most moral philosophers drop one off halfway into the story, leaving many questions hanging). Because the book begins with the most basic questions before moving up, it provides a solid background in ethics that is required for our normal topics in political and social philosophy. The official topic of the book is animal ethics, but Korsgaard covers the topics in a manner that bears on nearly every question in ethics and value theory (aside from possibly aesthetics). We will be reading approximately one chapter each week. Additionally, [Anthony] will assign extra readings from her published articles and those of others who have written on similar topics. For those who have never attended my reading group, [Anthony] leads the discussion by summarizing the main arguments as we go (making it such that one is not required to do the reading, though it is still recommended). [Anthony is] not yet sure if we will cover the entire book, but we will for certain cover the first ~5 chapters and the last ~4 as they seem to be the most important to basic questions in ethics. https://www.amazon.com/Fellow-Creatures-Obligations-Animals-Practical/dp/0198753853 It is recommended to purchase a copy of the book. Paperback editions are around $20 on Amazon. If you have not been in a reading group led by Anthony, you are in for a treat!

Past events (136)

Antinatalism Weekly Meeting: The Nature of Sentience

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