What we're about

This group usually has two meeting each month, with different themes. The original Philosophy Cafe meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm, at the Town & Country Barnes and Noble. The second subgroup meets on the first Sunday of each month, 3-5 pm, also at the same Barnes and Noble. Both groups discuss primary works of philosophy (works by the philosophers themselves). We are affiliated with Houston Great Books and try to follow "Shared Inquiry" discussion guidelines: please read or attempt to read the selection before the meeting so that our conversation can focus mainly on what the author we're reading is saying. At the meetings we engage in close reading; that's how we get the most out of what the text actually says (and not what we've heard, perhaps, about the philosopher).

We are amateurs and encourage participation by anyone interested. Nonetheless, we have been doing this for a number of years, so you can expect some knowledge (though irregular) of philosophy and philosophical texts.

Upcoming events (5)

Why the World Does Not Exist

Online event

We're continuing in Markus Gabriel's Why the World Does Not Exist until we finish! For this meeting, read pp. 78-125. These pages include a discussion of Pigs in Space. The discussion will take place in Webex, https://billhord.my.webex.com/billhord.my/j.php?MTID=m8bdae25568656e2f5648ca2752efa3f1. The password is ontology. We always welcome new participants. Our preferred approach is close reading -- a paragraph-by-paragraph attempt to work through the text together. We don't cover a lot of space each month, but we've found this suits us just fine. We are amateurs at this, so all that's required to participate is a genuine interest. We're also a Great Books group, and although we don't follow their method exactly, all the time, (http://www.houstongreatbooks.net/resources.html), we try to stick to clarifying the text itself. Any questions or insights about the text are welcome; any outside material that takes the place of the text for the most part isn't. Since we all have some exposure to philosophy, and have our own ideas about philosophy, we ask that any such ideas that you want to introduce be directly relevant, and your own, in the sense that you aren't appealing to authority (Kant's, for example, or a religious text). Although we often bring in examples, and these are helpful, we try to limit examples to those that are directly relevant to the text. In other words, we try to follow the text, and any conclusions we might try to introduce should be conclusions drawn from the text and what it says. It should be a conversation, starting with genuine questions about what the text says , rather than a lecture by anyone about what he or she thinks, believes, or has concluded. We're interested in what the author thought and said. Please join us for a discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill. Note that our meeting time is now 3-5 pm.

More Hegel!

Barnes & Noble

For several years now we've been pursuing Hegel thorough his own texts and selected significant related work, including texts by Houlgate, Gadamer, Kojeve, Adorno, and others. We always welcome new participants. Some texts are available online -- ask if you need to double check. Our preferred approach is close reading -- a paragraph-by-paragraph attempt to work through the text together. We don't cover a lot of space each month, but we've found this suits us just fine. We are amateurs at this, so all that's required to participate is a genuine interest. We're also a Great Books group, and although we don't follow their method exactly, all the time, (http://www.houstongreatbooks.net/resources.html), we try to stick to clarifying the text itself. Any questions or insights about the text are welcome; any outside material that takes the place of the text for the most part isn't. Since we all have some exposure to philosophy, and have our own ideas about philosophy, we ask that any such ideas that you want to introduce be directly relevant, and your own, in the sense that you aren't appealing to authority (Kant's, for example, or a religious text). Although we often bring in examples, and these are helpful, we try to limit examples to those that are directly relevant to the text. In other words, we try to follow the text, and any conclusions we might try to introduce should be conclusions drawn from the text and what it says. It should be a conversation, starting with genuine questions about what the text says , rather than a lecture by anyone about what he or she thinks, believes, or has concluded. We're interested in what the author thought and said. Please join us for a discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

Why the World Does Not Exist, Markus Gabriel

Barnes & Noble

We will be reading Markus Gabriel's Why the World Does Not Exist until we finish! (Everything else does exist, so we expect to come to the existent end.) The photo is Gabriel in Munich (video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzvesGB_TI0). Note that we have changed our schedule. We now meet on the first Sunday of every month, from 3-5 pm. We always welcome new participants. Our preferred approach is close reading -- a paragraph-by-paragraph attempt to work through the text together. We don't cover a lot of space each month, but we've found this suits us just fine. We are amateurs at this, so all that's required to participate is a genuine interest. We're also a Great Books group, and although we don't follow their method exactly, all the time, (http://www.houstongreatbooks.net/resources.html), we try to stick to clarifying the text itself. Any questions or insights about the text are welcome; any outside material that takes the place of the text for the most part isn't. Since we all have some exposure to philosophy, and have our own ideas about philosophy, we ask that any such ideas that you want to introduce be directly relevant, and your own, in the sense that you aren't appealing to authority (Kant's, for example, or a religious text). Although we often bring in examples, and these are helpful, we try to limit examples to those that are directly relevant to the text. In other words, we try to follow the text, and any conclusions we might try to introduce should be conclusions drawn from the text and what it says. It should be a conversation, starting with genuine questions about what the text says , rather than a lecture by anyone about what he or she thinks, believes, or has concluded. We're interested in what the author thought and said. Please join us for a discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill. Note that our meeting time is now 3-5 pm.

More Hegel!

Barnes & Noble

For several years now we've been pursuing Hegel thorough his own texts and selected significant related work, including texts by Houlgate, Gadamer, Kojeve, Adorno, and others. We always welcome new participants. Some texts are available online -- ask if you need to double check. Our preferred approach is close reading -- a paragraph-by-paragraph attempt to work through the text together. We don't cover a lot of space each month, but we've found this suits us just fine. We are amateurs at this, so all that's required to participate is a genuine interest. We're also a Great Books group, and although we don't follow their method exactly, all the time, (http://www.houstongreatbooks.net/resources.html), we try to stick to clarifying the text itself. Any questions or insights about the text are welcome; any outside material that takes the place of the text for the most part isn't. Since we all have some exposure to philosophy, and have our own ideas about philosophy, we ask that any such ideas that you want to introduce be directly relevant, and your own, in the sense that you aren't appealing to authority (Kant's, for example, or a religious text). Although we often bring in examples, and these are helpful, we try to limit examples to those that are directly relevant to the text. In other words, we try to follow the text, and any conclusions we might try to introduce should be conclusions drawn from the text and what it says. It should be a conversation, starting with genuine questions about what the text says , rather than a lecture by anyone about what he or she thinks, believes, or has concluded. We're interested in what the author thought and said. Please join us for a discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

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