What we're about

This is a study group, or book club if you will, for the thoughtful reading and discussion of the great classic literature in philosophy, psychology, sociology and related areas throughout history.

Each event will have a syllabus of reading that should be done before the event, and the participants are expected to have done the reading and prepared for a discussion.

Depending on the members in the group, we can branch out into related topics and/or media forms.

Event will be free of charge and are not affiliated with any organization. The place can vary, but will likely be at some café of choice. In order to have good discussion while giving everyone the time and space to talk, I see 3-5 people as the ideal group size for a conversation. If an event has more attendees, we'll split into smaller sub-groups.

That said, we are here to have fun and any guideline can be changed if we want it to!

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Nietzsche's The Gay Science


We will be reading Nietzsche's The Gay Science (1882, 2nd edition in 1887). See the list of aphorisms below, which is borrowed from the Partially Examined Life episode and covers what is included in most anthologies.

We have read two books of Nietzsche before, the Genealogy and Zarathustra, and one of the takeaways have been that his criticisms of culture are to the point, but that his positive account of an alternative philosophy is vague. The Gay Science is considered as one of his books where he is most clear about what he thinks is the alternative, the better, way of living. It has something to do with the synthesis of the rational, scientific, way of living with the instinctual, gay (i.e., joyful or cheerful) way of living. In his Birth of Tragedy that would have been called the synthesis of the Apollonian and Dionysian in the context of art.

One of the most recommended translators of Nietzsche is Walter Kaufmann, so an edition such as https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Science-Prelude-Rhymes-Appendix-ebook/dp/B003E8AJEM is a sure bet.

This will be the first event face-to-face again as I expect most people to be fully vaccinated by now, but it is subject to change if the situation grows worse before the event takes place. The location is preliminary and I will scope out how busy it tends to be at this time.

Aphorisms included:
Preface, 1-4, 7, 11, 26, 34, 54, 57-60, 72, 76, 78, 99,[masked],[masked], 124, 125, 127, 130,[masked], 149, 151,[masked], 163, 173, 174, 179, 184, 193, 200, 205, 228, 231, 232, 250, 258,[masked],[masked], 289, 290, 292, 301, 310, 312, 316, 319, 322, 324, 325, 327, 329, 332, 334, 335, 338, 339,[masked],[masked], 349, 352,[masked],[masked], 369, 370,[masked], 377, 380, 381, 382.

A few guidelines to keep in mind:
- No prior knowledge of philosophy is required.
- We will do charitable readings and try to find the merit in whatever text we are reading.

Example secondary sources:


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