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 meeting, the last Sunday of each month, 4-6 pm, also meets at the same Barnes and Noble, effective 11/25/18. 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+)

Object Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything by Graham Harman

On 5/26 we'll start a new book, Graham Harman's 2018 Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything. The reading for the 5/26 meeting is pages 1-59 (the Introduction and Chapter 1). Please join our discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

Selections by Graham Harman

Barnes & Noble

We'll continue our conversation about Graham Harman's work for a while. After selections from Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects, we 'll turn to his 2018 Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything. Please join our discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

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. The readings are often available on this site for members. 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. Please join us for a discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

Selections by Graham Harman

Barnes & Noble

We'll continue our conversation about Graham Harman's work for a while. After selections from Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects, we 'll turn to his 2018 Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything. Please join our discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

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