What we're about

We study any philosophic idea or text.

We are back from a long hiatus, and are moving our meeting place to the Hub on Venice in Mar Vista. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now on Zoom every session whether we also are meeting in-person or not [i.e.: hybrid]. No formal philosophical background is necessary.

The main thing we ask for is the commitment to discuss in a rational and civil manner. Open to people across the political, philosophic and faith (or lack thereof) spectrum.

It does not matter if you are beginner or advanced student -- our focus is good, critical thinking skills (or the desire to cultivate them) and a commitment to rational, civil conversation. No ranting. If you are a beginner, you will probably want to observe the first few session before you start participating.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

1. We are gathering to study a text or idea. You are welcome to attend even you have not studied the text or don't have much background.

2. We don't spend much time doubting the axioms of a given philosopher or thinker. We want to understand a teaching, not undermine it.

3. Our beginning point is that these texts and ideas can be read, understood and interpreted. We don't spend time doubting the axioms of textual interpretation.

If all this suits you, welcome to our study of great philosophic texts and ideas!

Upcoming events (4+)

[Online] Thomas Nagel, Mortal Questions, (1979) (Selected Essays), Part 2 of 2

We continue our discussion of the large questions/philosophical problems of life with American philosopher Thomas Nagel as our provocateur: consciousness, death, freedom, meaning, personal identity, political power, progress, sexual behavior, social inequality, the value of human life, war, and bats.

Second of two sessions discussing selected essays from Thomas Nagel's 1979 collection Mortal Questions.

Selected essays to be announced from the following TOC:
1. Death
2. The absurd
3. Moral luck
4. Sexual perversion
5. War and massacre
6. Ruthlessness in public life
7. The policy of preference
8. Equality
9. The fragmentation of value
10. Ethics without biology
11. Brain bisection and the unity of consciousness
12. What is it like to be a bat?
13. Panpsychism
14. Subjective and objective

Attendees who have read the text are welcome to participate in the discussion, those who have not may post their thoughts in the Chat.
For security reasons, your Zoom video should be turned on.

Editions:
Mortal Questions. Thomas Nagel.
---Cambridge University Press, 1991. ISBN:[masked]. Used: $5+
---Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN:[masked]. Used: $10+

Available online:
https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?keywords=9780521406765¤cy=USD&destination=us&mode=advanced&classic=off&lang=en&st=sh&ac=qr&submit=

URL for Online session:
Zoom ID and Passcode will be made available to members after RSVP here on Meetup and registration on Zoom
URL for Online session:
Zoom ID and Passcode will be made available to members after RSVP here on Meetup and registration on Zoom

[Online only] TBD

Online event

Watch this space. Topic to be determined.

URL for Online session:
Zoom ID and Passcode will be made available to members after RSVP here on Meetup and registration on Zoom

[Online only] TBD

Online event

Watch this space. Topic to be determined.

URL for Online session:
Zoom ID and Passcode will be made available to members after RSVP here on Meetup and registration on Zoom

[Online only] TBD

Online event

Watch this space. Topic to be determined.

URL for Online session:
Zoom ID and Passcode will be made available to members after RSVP here on Meetup and registration on Zoom

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