The Library Philosophy Group has been meeting twice a month for 14 years at the University Park Library in Irvine. We are a homegrown "philosophy cafe" like the trends in London or Paris--a salon of sorts.
We have studied western thought, current events and all manner of philosophy. Recently we have studied Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans and Luc Ferry’s A Brief History of Thought.
We will be discussing topics that people have always found intensely interesting and often don’t have any definitive answer to. Given the great success of science, what is the function of philosophy? Is there metaphysical truth? Is there a separate mental reality? What are the sources and limits of human knowledge? Does God exist? How do we explain evil? Which traditional religious beliefs are worth holding? Do we have reasons for believing that humans have a soul? Are computers capable of conscious thought? (Thanks to Gui)
It’s open to everyone.
There is a format so that everyone has a chance to speak.
We are starting this September with a year in Existentialism. The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, by Gordon Marino.
The Existentialist's Survival Guide, Gordon Marino, PhD....
Kierkegaard on depression and despair.
Good commentary on Kierkegaard.
AT THE GRAVESIDE can be read online.
Will start with hands-on demonstration of the Astrolabe, an early Greek navigation and timekeeping device of the third century BCE, based on earlier Egyptian and Babylonian instruments and in worldwide use until the time of Columbus when it morphed into the sextant! Handle history with us!
There are Life Roads that carry us all and they can turn sudden corners, maybe especially in the autumn of life. And where they go can't be seen from here.
The existentialists chose to try to make sense of it and so our current time and text is so relevant. Remember the existentialists wrote over the last three centuries and those were turbulent times...as NOW.
10:30 on 3rd and 4th Thursdays ... and here's our schedule for this month:
October 17---TAKE ONE: Lecturette and discussion of chap. 2 "Depression and Despair" in our text, The Existentialist's Survival Guide, by Gordon Marino, HarperCollins (Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, etc.) We'll also have a working model of the ancient scientific instrument, the Astrolabe.
October 24---TAKE TWO: Chap. 3, "Death" (So when someone asks what you're reading, you can say "Death...and last week we discussed depression and despair...it's a FUN group"). Also we continue with our Open Table Talk or "All Things Considered" (with a nod to NPR) and it's been suggested we discuss Impeachment as a philosophical concept.
Reading assignment, chap. 2, "Depression and Despair" in The Existentialist's Survival Guide. The chapters are brief but the implications are huge and the enjoyment of the discussion only needs YOU.