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This group is for anyone interested in exploring literature, philosophy, and cinema through occasional film viewings and monthly group discussions that will be centered around classic and contemporary works of (primarily) Western Philosophy, Fiction, and Cinema. We will not only look at the traditional cast of existential characters (Sartre, de Beauvoir, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Camus, Kafka), but will also be very open to other work within the European philosophical tradition that is derivative of, influential to, or critical towards "existential" philosophy. Special consideration will also be given to works within the "phenomenological" tradition. Join us in this exciting intellectual endeavor! Get ready for fun, riveting, and thoughtful discussions about society, values, faith, spirituality, truth, experience, subjectivity, and existence (of course)...meetings on the third Sunday of every month.

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Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts

Invisible Gallery Houston

For July, we will finish our two-month exploration of Karl Marx with a reading and discussion of the third (and final) of the "Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts". Below is a link to the reading followed by a brief description of the work and more info about the event and venue: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iIilxnB8ilYG-BSVkDzuJAvbLD0X8wKD/view?usp=sharing "Communism as a political movement attained global importance after the Bolsheviks toppled the Russian Czar in 1917. After that time the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, especially the influential Communist Manifesto (1848), enjoyed an international audience. The world was to learn a new political vocabulary peppered with 'socialism,' 'capitalism,' 'the working class,' 'the bourgeoisie,' 'labor theory of value,' 'alienation,' 'economic determinism,' 'dialectical materialism,' and 'historical materialism.' Marx's economic analysis of history has been a powerful legacy, the effects of which continue to be felt world-wide.Serving as the foundation for Marx's indictment of capitalism is his extraordinary work titled Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, written in 1844 but published nearly a century later. Here Marx offers his theory of human nature and an analysis of emerging capitalism's degenerative impact on man's sense of self and his creative potential. What is man's true nature? How did capitalism gain such a foothold on Western society? What is alienation and how does it threaten to undermine the proletariat?These and other vital questions are addressed as the youthful Marx sets forth his first detailed assessment of the human condition." • What to bring Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food or BYOB. • Important to know We are located in the heart of the East End at the corner of Wayside Drive and Avenue P (approximately 3 miles south of I-10 or 2.5 miles north of 45).

Jean-Paul Sartre, Search For A Method

Invisible Gallery Houston

This August, we will discuss Sartre's essay Search For A Method, which, although a self-contained work, also serves as an introduction to the voluminous Critique of Dialectical Reason (his last major, unfinished work on collective/political action and phenomenology). Below is a link to the reading followed by a brief description of the work and more info on the event and venue: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15FyuCA_J1dHHXwbvptO7DcRGaOFW2jmC/view?usp=sharing "From one of the 20th century’s most profound philosophers and writers, comes a thought-provoking essay that seeks to reconcile Marxism with existentialism. Exploring the complicated relationship the two philosophical schools of thought have with one another, Sartre supposes that the two are in fact compatible and complimentary towards one another, with poignant analysis and reasoning. An important work of modern philosophy, Search for a Method has a major influence on the current perceptions of existentialism and Marxism." • What to bring Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food or BYOB. • Important to know We are located in the heart of the East End at the corner of Wayside Drive and Avenue P (approximately 3 miles south of I-10 or 2.5 miles north of 45).

Albert Camus, The Rebel

Invisible Gallery Houston

For September, we will begin our two-month exploration of Albert Camus' The Rebel:An Essay on Man in Revolt. For this meeting, we will discuss parts I, II, and most of part III. Below is a link to a pdf of the reading followed by a brief description of the work and more info about the event and venue: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Aq8DRMnDbJAbezm4E7sxMlqUR_U8WwIJ/view?usp=sharing "By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny. As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times." • What to bring Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food or BYOB. • Important to know We are located in the heart of the East End at the corner of Wayside Drive and Avenue P (approximately 3 miles south of I-10 or 2.5 miles north of 45).

Albert Camus, The Rebel

Invisible Gallery Houston

This October, we will conclude our two-month exploration of Albert Camus' The Rebel:An Essay on Man in Revolt. For this meeting, we will finish discussing part III, and also cover parts IV and V. Below is a link to a pdf of the reading followed by a brief description of the work and more info about the event and venue: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qkdQlxJwcDQ1RJu7EGssTKFLFvyqc3s8/view?usp=sharing "By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny. As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times." • What to bring Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own food or BYOB. • Important to know We are located in the heart of the East End at the corner of Wayside Drive and Avenue P (approximately 3 miles south of I-10 or 2.5 miles north of 45).

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