What we're about

We are the largest philosophy Meetup in the country, the Seattle chapter of a national organization dedicated to building communities of philosophical conversation (The Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA)) and the founder of the Virtual Philosophy Network, a large international network of philosophy Meetup groups,

SOPHIA: https://www.philosophersinamerica.com (https://www.philosophersinamerica.com/)

Virtual Philosophy Network: www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com

Virtual Philosophy Network on Discord: https://discord.gg/94cYsUzsUF

We focus on analytic philosophy (the type of philosophy typically taught in American universities), but are open to ALL approaches to philosophy. No specific background is necessary, and everyone from those who have never studied philosophy to those who have graduate degrees are welcome.

What are some distinguishing characteristics of this group?

1) DIVERSITY OF TOPICS, FORMATS AND DISCUSSION LEADERS: We have a very diverse range of discussion leaders, and a high level of participation. In the past few years, over 50 different people, ranging from philosophy professors to people just interested in philosophy, have lead discussions. Because we have a wide range of discussion leaders, we are able to cover a large range of topics. We also have many different session formats, ranging from talks with Q and A, reading groups, and casual discussions.

2) NATIONAL SUPPORT: We have the support of an outstanding national philosophy organization which shares our aims.

3) RESOURCES FOR ONLINE EVENTS: As the founding member of a large international network, we can draw on the collective resources of this network to organizer online events.

Anyone is free to lead a meetup session here. It can be run in a time or place of your choosing. Any broadly philosophical topic, and any format is ok. Anyone who wants to run a session should contact the organizer.

Upcoming events (4+)

Rescheduled: FTI: Avoiding negativity [Dr. Krishnesh]

Online event

Format: 30-60 min lecture followed by large group discussion

All of us know that positivity is very important for our well being, both personally and professionally. However, we find it is easier to be negative than positive. In fact our brains are wired for negativity. While that means that negativity may have some primal advantages, it is largely constrictive. In this session we will understand how negativity arises and how we can avoid negativity through simple interventions thereby increasing our well being and productivity and overall zest for life. In addition the session also covers ideas on how to stay positive in the post COVID world at home and in office.

A little about the speaker:

Dr Krishnesh Mehta is the founder of BrainOtkarsh: Body mind spirit lab (https://www.meetup.com/brainotkarsh-body-mind-spirit-lab). He is a science and spirituality expert, a TEDx speaker, and a yoga expert.
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Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons: Ch. 15

Online event

Previous meeting:
-- Ch. 14 ("Personal identity and rationality")
-- Ch. 15 ("Personal identity and morality")

This meeting:
-- Ch. 15 ("Personal identity and morality"), continued

Chapter 15 is a doozy. We'll continue with it. Controversial topics ahead!

Participation guidelines:
1. If you want to participate, do the reading!
2. Really: If you want to participate, do the reading!
3. It's ok to join and listen if you haven't done the reading.
4. Be respectful of others.
5. Make room for all to speak; don't hog the mic.

Thanks to the People's Colloquium! Through a grant, they are supporting our paid tier Zoom account and networked notes on Roam Research (contact Alex for access to the notes).

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Movie Night: Fantastic Planet

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Let's watch Fantastic Planet (1973)

Russell's "The History of Western Philosophy" | Heraclitus and Parmenides

We meet every Thursday 5:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm East

* Required Reading: Bertrand Russell "The History of Western Philosophy"
Book One, Part I
Chapter IV Heraclitus pp. 38 ~ 47
Chapter V Parmenides pp. 48 ~ 52

Please read the designated chapter and join our discussion:

1) The philosopher's life, contribution, and historical background
2) The philosophy
3) Russell's view on the philosopher
4) Your view on the philosopher
5) Your reading from other sources about the philosopher/philosophy
6) Ask any questions

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Here is our schedule for 2022
[masked] - Pythagoras[masked] - Heraclitus and Parmenides[masked] - Empedocles and Anaxagoras[masked] - The Atomists and Protagoras
[masked] - Cynics and Skeptics[masked] - The Epicureans[masked] - Stoicism[masked] - Plotinus
[masked] - Saint Augustine[masked] - Saint Benedict and Gregory the Great[masked] - Saint Thomas Aquinas[masked] - Franciscan Schoolman
Heraclitus affirms change and becoming when he says, "Other and other waters touch those who go into the same river," a typical saying of Heraclitus in that a logical thought is couched in physical, everyday terms--water, a river, a body. Change and becoming are thought in terms of life and death: being is overcome by not-being and vice versa, a quality is conquered by its opposite, and so the cosmos, always becoming, is a field of constant war: "War is the father and king of all things, it shows some as gods, some as men, it makes some freemen and others slaves." The becoming of the cosmos is explained in physical terms: fire dies and is changed into air, air dies and becomes water, water dies to become earth, and so on, an interchanging of life and death between different elements which, however, would be wrong to call "a process," because "process" means something moving only one way--forward--whereas Heraclitus insists, in fragment after fragment, that this sequence of transformations in the cosmos goes both ways.

Parmenides, on the other hand, has left us long fragments of a poem written in the same meter as the Homeric epics; although there is no lack in it of goddesses and mystical symbols, the main thrust is austerely logical. The poem has two parts: the first is "the way of Truth," the second, "the way of Opinion." Parmenides' main truth is: We cannot think nor say not-being.

Heraclitus and Parmenides seem to be on opposite sides: one affirms becoming and change, the other denies them.

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