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: https://www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com

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 (5)

René Girard Reading Circle: Desire, Deceit and the Novel

******NOTE THE NEW TIME****** We begin the Girard Reading Circle with his first book, "Desire, Deceit and the Novel." This study extends beyond the scope of literature into the psychology of much of our contemporary scene, including fashion, advertising, and propaganda techniques. In considering such aspects, the author goes beyond the domain of pure aesthetics and offers an interpretation of some basic cultural problems of our time. Authors discussed: Cervantes, Flaubert, Stendhal, Dostoevsky, Proust, et al. ******************************************************************************** READINGS: CHAPTER 5 of Girard's "Desire, Deciet and the Novel." PDF of the text: https://the-eye.eu/public/concen.org/Nonfiction.Ebook.Pack.Oct.2015-PHC/9780801818301.Johns%20Hopkins%20University%20Press.Deceit%2C%20Desire%20and%20the%20Novel_%20Self%20and%20Other%20in%20Literary%20Structure.Rene%20Girard.1961.pdf ********************************************************************** You're invited to post discussions to the Goodreads group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1107742-ren-girard-reading-circle For those interested, the Girard interviews from CBC "Ideas": https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-scapegoat-the-ideas-of-ren%C3%A9-girard-part-1-1.3474195

Beautiful Darkness

Online event

Kerascoët’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society. CBR file provided if needed.

Neuroscience and Philosophy of Consciousness Discussion Group ONLINE

Details: This Discussion Group will have a very open format. I will send out surveys to learn how participants want to structure the discussions, and which specific philosophical sub-topics you want to address. The group is for those with an academic background (undergraduate or graduate degree) or relevant work experience in the following areas: * Philosophy * Neuroscience * Cognitive Science * Psychology (Please answer two relevant questions in the sign up field.) --------------------------------------------------------- Topics: The talks will consider questions in (Analytic) Philosophy of Consciousness (and Mind). In particular, it can focus on two broad, general questions for theories of consciousness. First, how we can we define human consciousness? E.g., are we conscious because we are in a mental state with some qualitative property, such as Nagel's qualia? Or are we conscious because of a state of mind that represents another thing, as in Block's view of access consciousness? The group will also discuss general questions of whether (and how) neuroscience can fully explain the consciousness of mental states. We can look at general ideas of materialism and dualism about the mind, in the context of these questions about neuroscience and consciousness. E.g., can conscious states be identical to, or completely explained in terms of, neural states? The course could also discuss philosophical questions about the role of higher-order thoughts, e.g., higher-order representations, etc. in the consciousness of (semantically) intentional states. (I prefer that it wouldn't drift too deeply into AI or Medicine-related topics, however.)

Varieties of Early Christianity: The Marcionite "Heresy"

Sea of Faith in Australia (SoFiA). Some of us are participating in SoFiA's online meeting. This month's topic: "Varieties of Early Christianity: The Marcionite 'Heresy'." David Miller will present the topic and lead the discussion. (See introduction in 'Comments', below). The Zoom link will be posted for those who RSVP. SoFiA promotes the open exploration of religion, spirituality and the search for meaning. They welcome ALL viewpoints, including Atheism. (Before the pandemic, Melbourne SoFiA had been meeting monthly since the year 2000, and had a regular attendance of 15 to 25.) SOFiA website - http://www.sof-in-australia.org/ SOFiA Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/sofiatalk/

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