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A Philosophy, Religion, Political book discussion group based on Columbia University's Contemporary Civilization Curriculum from Plato to Nietzsche and into the 20th Century. With bi-weekly sessions, the entire cycle should take 18-24 months to complete but one could join at any point in our survey of the 2500-year development of human thought. For a preview of course texts, under "Photos," select "Phil Book Covers."

Upcoming events (3)

Spinoza II CHANGE! Ethics [1677], Parts 1 & 2

Tender Greens

Session 2 of the tricky but rewarding world of Spinoza! At the end of our first meeting the participants elected to add a session, allowing for a complete reading of the Ethics. For next time, please read all of parts 1 and 2. This Jewish/Dutch lensgrinder is notoriously difficult reading but we have laid a course which we hope will demistify his thought and generate vigorous discussion. From the Wikipedia page: ==>Spinoza's magnum opus, the Ethics, was published posthumously in the year of his death. The work opposed Descartes' philosophy of mind–body dualism, and earned Spinoza recognition as one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers. In it, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely".[16] Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "The fact is that Spinoza is made a testing-point in modern philosophy, so that it may really be said: You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all." See the comments for recommendations on lectures and other secondary sources. Brother Anthony has been most helpful in this regard. The main text will be the Hackett Shirley translation: Ethics; Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect; Selected Letters. Translated by Samuel Shirley. Indianapolis IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 1992. ISBN:[masked]. Next: Mar 10, 2019 - Baruch Spinoza, Ethics Parts 4 & 5 [1677] Coming up (subject to change): Mar 24, 2019 - John Locke, Second Treatise [1681] April 7, 2019 - John Locke, Letter Toleration [1685] Apr 21, 2019 - David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals [1751] May 05, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Origin of Inequality [1755] May 19, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract [1762] Jun 02, 2019 - Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals [1785] Jun 16, 2019 - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations [1776] Jun 30, 2019 - American Revolution: Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist: 1, 2, 9, 10, 23, 47, 84. • Important to know Feel free to bring in secondary sources that can help us make our way. Over the course of the next two years, we will explore the texts from the past 2500 years that have formulated contemporary civilization. Paste the link here in your browser for the draft syllabus for this course. (http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/sites/core/files/pages/CC%20Syllabus%202017-2018_2.pdf). Parking: $2/hr Metered street after 11 AM WATCH OUT, LAPD ARE VERY READY TO GIVE TICKETS RIGHT AT 1 PM!!! Two hours of free parking at the Broxton garage one block north—they have electric charging stations. $1.50/20 minutes thereafter. Free street parking south of Wilshire Blvd (Sundays only)

Spinoza III: Ethics [1677], Parts 4 & 5

Tender Greens

Note: Daylight Saving Time Begins March 10th -don't be late! Part 3 of the tricky but rewarding world of Spinoza! This Jewish/Dutch lensgrinder is notoriously difficult reading but we have laid a course which we hope will demistify his thought and generate vigorous discussion. From the Wikipedia page: ==>Spinoza's magnum opus, the Ethics, was published posthumously in the year of his death. The work opposed Descartes' philosophy of mind–body dualism, and earned Spinoza recognition as one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers. In it, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely".[16] Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "The fact is that Spinoza is made a testing-point in modern philosophy, so that it may really be said: You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all." See the comments for recommendations on lectures and other secondary sources. Brother Anthony has been most helpful in this regard. The main text will be the Hackett Shirley translation: Ethics; Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect; Selected Letters. Translated by Samuel Shirley. Indianapolis IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 1992. ISBN:[masked]. Feb 24, 2019 - Baruch Spinoza, Ethics Parts 4 & 5 [1677] Coming up (subject to change): Mar 24, 2019 - John Locke, Second Treatise [1681] April 7, 2019 - John Locke, Letter Toleration [1685] Apr 21, 2019 - David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals [1751] May 05, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Origin of Inequality [1755] May 19, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract [1762] Jun 02, 2019 - Immanuel Kant, Essay "What is Enlightenment" & Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals [1785] pt. 1 Jun 16, 2019 - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations [1776] Jun 30, 2019 - American Revolution: Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist: 1, 2, 9, 10, 23, 47, 84. • Important to know Feel free to bring in secondary sources that can help us make our way. Over the course of the next two years, we will explore the texts from the past 2500 years that have formulated contemporary civilization. Paste the link here in your browser for the draft syllabus for this course. (http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/sites/core/files/pages/CC%20Syllabus%202017-2018_2.pdf). Parking: $2/hr Metered street after 11 AM WATCH OUT, LAPD ARE VERY READY TO GIVE TICKETS RIGHT AT 1 PM!!! Two hours of free parking at the Broxton garage one block north—they have electric charging stations. $1.50/20 minutes thereafter. Free street parking south of Wilshire Blvd (Sundays only)

John Locke: Second Treatise of Government [1689], Chapters 1-14

Further into the Enlightenment with John Locke [masked]). From Wikipedia: "Locke's theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such as David Hume, Rousseau, and Immanuel Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that, at birth, the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to Cartesian philosophy based on pre-existing concepts, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception. This is now known as empiricism: 'whatever I write, as soon as I discover it not to be true, my hand shall be the forwardest to throw it into the fire.' This shows the ideology of science in his observations in that something must be capable of being tested repeatedly and that nothing is exempt from being disproven. Challenging the work of others, Locke is said to have established the method of introspection, or observing the emotions and behaviors of one's self." The main text will be the Norton Critical Edition (NCE) [2005, ISBN:[masked]], edited by Paul Sigmund. It contains both the 2nd Treatise and the follow-up Letter Concerning Toleration. Since the latter is relatively short, we've divided the sessions into roughly equal numbers of pages, which means spending the first session on the first 75% of the 2nd Treatise, then the second discussion finishing the 2nd Treatise for the first hour and devoting the last hour to the Letter Concerning Toleration. To purchase the Locke NCE new [$14+] or used [$5+] go to: https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?author=&title=&lang=en&isbn=9780393964516&new_used=*&destination=us¤cy=USD&mode=basic&st=sr&ac=qr Coming up (subject to change): April 7, 2019 - John Locke, Second Treatise chaps 15-19 plus A Letter Concerning Toleration [1685] Apr 21, 2019 - David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals [1751] May 05, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Origin of Inequality [1755] May 19, 2019 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract [1762] Jun 02, 2019 - Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals [1785] Jun 16, 2019 - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations [1776] Jun 30, 2019 - American Revolution: Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist: 1, 2, 9, 10, 23, 47, 84. • Important to know Feel free to bring in secondary sources that can help us make our way. Over the course of the next two years, we will explore the texts from the past 2500 years that have formulated contemporary civilization. Paste the link here in your browser for the draft syllabus for this course. (http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/sites/core/files/pages/CC%20Syllabus%202017-2018_2.pdf). Parking: $2/hr Metered street after 11 AM WATCH OUT, LAPD ARE VERY READY TO GIVE TICKETS RIGHT AT 1 PM!!! Two hours of free parking at the Broxton garage one block north—they have electric charging stations. $1.50/20 minutes thereafter. Free street parking south of Wilshire Blvd (Sundays only)

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