This group is meant for people who live in the world of ideas.
Are you bored of talking to people about TV-watching, food-eating, and nothing?
Are your friends and family tired of (or infuriated with) you citing Adorno's Culture Industry and other critiques of consumerism every time they buy a bag of chips?
Then let's ditch them (or, as they would probably say, spare them) and meet up among our neurotic selves to talk philosophy, political theory, and whatever else is on our minds.
We will begin each meeting by introducing that week's text. Once we establish its thesis, we will launch into a discussion critiquing the author and offering our own perspectives.
Text, author? Yes! There will be required reading every week. How can we achieve wisdom without consulting the wise? In all seriousness, this group is as much about learning as it is about pontificating. Plus, the quality of our discussions will be much higher if we all have a common reference point.
I hope to familiarize ourselves with the philosophical tradition while making history's most famous theorists relevant to today by viewing current events through their analytical lens.
Additionally, we can and should read and discuss more obscure thinkers, novelists, poets, and the like. At the end of each meeting we will take suggestions from all members and agree upon a topic for the next week.
Jung seemed to be a big hit with our group. Multiple members remarked that our discussion was too short—after we had been talking for two hours! Find my summary of Jung's life and work below.
For our next meeting, we are at last diving into Karl Marx, who needs no introduction. Because I've read the Communist Manifesto a few too many times, I've decided to assign Marx's other introductory text, "Wage Labor and Capitalism."
Next week's meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Here's the invite: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4083741879
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See you all on the 13th!