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)

Korsgaard's Fellow Creatures Reading Group

Online event

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!

Antinatalism Weekly Meeting

Online event

https://discord.gg/3sVB5Cc

Are you an Antinatalist or is it a term you just came across for the first time, and you want to learn more about it?

Antinatalists of all stripes, EFILists, and even open-minded pro-natalists, are all welcome to join our weekly meetings on discord.

The philosophy of Antinatalism is one of the most intriguing questions in academia today... and has direct bearing on what it means to experience life, and more to the point, what it means to create sentient beings who will inevitably experience harm over the course of their own lives.

Innovation Ethics Workshop

Online event

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

Dreyfus' Being in-the-World Reading Group

Online event

We meet on the Claremont Philosophers' Discord server:
https://discord.gg/BFmemkRESr

Everyone is welcome to join us in reading Hubert Dreyfus's Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Division I.

The book may be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Being-World-Commentary-Heideggers-Division/dp/0262540568

We will read approximately two chapters each week. Check the invite page each week for updates on the upcoming meeting.

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