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Ask the Philosopher!

Here it is, your chance of spending an evening talking philosophy with a small group of like-minded people! There is no set topic, it will just be a free ranging conversation between Massimo and five others, accompanied by good food and drinks (not included in the event's fee). Think of it as a modern day version of Plato's famous Symposium. We won't have Socrates attending, but the conversation will surely be stimulating!

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  • Dyutiman D.

    on the issue of ask the philosopher: is political philosophy included as well or only analytical or philosophy of science?

    March 27, 2013

    • Dyutiman D.

      I meant quantum mechanics in relation to the law

      March 29, 2013

    • Dorothy K.

      Thanks for helping me to a taxi, D

      April 2, 2013

  • Massimo

    Contra meetup, the restaurant is btw 73&74...

    April 2, 2013

  • Karen

    Massimo: The topic that would be of interest to me is: to what degree is morality relative/situational? Nietzsche claimed that our self-respect depends on our ability to repay in kind both the good and bad. So, to paraphrase, treat people not as you would like to be treated, but rather how they deserve to be treated based on their actions. Would love to hear people's thoughts on this.

    The previously suggested topics of political philosophy (e.g. Locke) and quantum mechanics hold zero interest for me (no disrespect to Dyutiman who is a wonderful person and a good friend). Just wondering how time will be allocated among the varied areas of interest to the attendees?

    1 · March 31, 2013

    • Massimo

      Karen, good questions. This is an experiment, so we'll see how it goes. I think the best thing to do is to get the conversation started and then let it change direction organically (as opposed to allocating predetermined time slots). If I'm going to do these "select" meetups again I might decide to set a topic ahead of time, just like the regular meetups.

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a conversation worth moving to the more accessible main Discussion board, where I've added my own comments on what you've all written thus far (under the Organizer's original posting that prompted these more expensive events, entitled "Anyone up for smaller discussion groups?"). The larger philosophical, sociological and psychological issues are those of value theory. Must everything we appreciate be monetized within our system of advanced capitalism? If something isn't, do we truly/secretly value it any less? Are there some things (friendships and intimate relationships come to mind) that are poisoned (or changed into something else) where money is introduced? If so, is the pursuit of wisdom one of them? Telling Xeno to start his own Meetup, while technically a potential solution to his taking offense at the cost of this one, kind of sidesteps the point that underpins his position.

    March 30, 2013

  • Laurence M.

    I'm already thinking what my questions are, and I'm only on the wait list!

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Ray K.

    Is the $20 for food and the event fee?

    March 27, 2013

    • Massimo

      no, just the fee. the restaurant is good but inexpensive. middle eastern fare.

      March 27, 2013

  • Marina K.

    Would love to attend, but my Tuesdays' (and Fridays') evenings are busy.

    March 27, 2013

  • Tim

    Dear Massimo, would be interested, however, I teach on Tues/Thurs all the out way in Stony. Will be able to attend future ones if not on Tues/Thurs or once the semester is over!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it, but I have other plans that evening.

    March 27, 2013

  • Diana

    What's included in the $20?

    March 27, 2013

    • Massimo

      the chance for an intimate conversation with a small group, which is impossible with the regular meetups.

      1 · March 27, 2013

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