This group is meant for people who live in the world of ideas.
Are you bored of talking to people about Netflix shows and Amazon bargains?
Are your friends and family tired of (or infuriated with) you citing Adorno's Culture Industry and other critiques of consumerism and capitalism 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 indulge one another in philosophy, political theory, current events, literature, and other snob-topics.
We will begin each meeting by having a member introduce the week's subject. We will then launch into a discussion, which will first establish and then critique the arguments laid out by the author.
Oh yeah, the author. 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. And anyway, the quality of our discussions will be much higher if we all have a common reference point.
I hope to familiarize ourselves with the the philosophical tradition: Laozi, Confucius, Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, Locke, Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault, Zizek. Okay, maybe not Kant—but everybody else! (Just kidding, we can read Kant.)
We will make these thinkers 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.