What we're about

We study any philosophic idea or text.

We are coming back from a long hiatus, and are moving our meeting place to the Hub on Venice in Mar Vista. No formal background necessary. You don't have to do the readings to attend.

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 (1)

[ONLINE] Sophos Philosophy Club -Jordan Peterson, Maps of Meaning [1999]

Dear Members of Sophos, Due to other commitments, we must postpone our Peterson discussion until Saturday afternoon 25 July 2020 at 3:30 pm PDT. The meeting again will be conducted on Zoom and lead by Rabbi Finley. We apologize for the inconvenience of this re-scheduling and yet choose as well to celebrate the additional time to obtain and finish MOM. Please update your RSVP as needed. You could also obtain the audiobook [ISBN:[masked]] and have JBP read his book to you. What he emphasizes in his reading clues you into better understanding his meaning. Also available from Audible.com Our book under discussion will be: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. by Jordan B. Peterson. New York : Routledge, 1999. ISBN:[masked] https://www.bookfinder.com/search/? From the publisher: Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself? Jordan Peterson offers a provocative new hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind. Other editions: EBook ISBN:[masked] Audiobook ISBN:[masked] Audible ASIN: B07B5KMGPG Kindle ASIN: B07K6S9SJ8 Also available from your local library, when reopened. RSVP here in Meetup to receive a Zoom invite one-hour prior to start. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86233478532 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Looking forward to seeing you, virtually! --Rabbi Mordecai Finley Thank you to David Johnson, our Co-Organizer Last Saturday of each month. Our specific topics for each month will be described in an email to the Meetup group.

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