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The Chicago Philosophy Meetup is a community of groups created by and for people interested in engagements with philosophy and the history of such engagements. On the CPM meetup site you will find announcements of events suggested and hosted by individual members and coordinated by volunteer organizers, as well as opportunities for online discussion with others who share these interests.

Our members have a wide variety of backgrounds besides philosophy, including literature, law, physics, theology, music and more. If you're new to philosophy and are looking for where to get started, check us out. If you've been doing philosophy for some time and want to dig a bit deeper, this might be a great place for you too.

We have high expectations for how we talk to each other, so

DO …
Listen to others
Ask for clarification
Get to know people
Help other voices to be heard
Work towards understanding each other

DON'T ...
Limit others’ performance of items on the DO list

Also, others are here to help! If you have concerns, questions about a meeting, or need assistance, please contact the organizers, or the event host for the meeting directly.

"Philosophy is not a theory but an activity."
-- from "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus," Wittgenstein

Discourse cheers us to companionable
reflection. Such reflection neither
parades polemical opinions nor does it
tolerate complaisant agreement. The sail
of thinking keeps trimmed hard to the
wind of the matter.
-- from "On the Experience of Thinking," Heidegger

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Deleuze and Guattari: What is Philosophy

Harold Washington Library

"Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts, seeing as means of confronting chaos, and challenge the common view that philosophy is an extension of logic. The authors also discuss the similarities and distinctions between creative and philosophical writing. Fresh anecdotes from the history of philosophy illuminate the book, along with engaging discussions of composers, painters, writers, and architects." - Columbia University Press Blurb We will discuss the book "What is Philosophy" over a series of text-focused meetings. Feel free to join us for as much or as little as you would like or are able. Discussion/Reading Schedule -------------------------------------- March 25, 2019: Introduction and Chapter 1 "What Is A Concept" April 8, 2019: Chapter 2 "The Plane of Immanence" April 22, 2019: Chapter 3 "Conceptual Personae" May 6, 2019: Chapter 4 "Geophilosophy" May 20, 2019: Chapter 5 "Functives and Concepts" June 3, 2019: Chapter 6 "Prospects and Concepts" June 17, 2019: Chapter 7 "Percept, Affect, and Concept" July 1, 2019: "Conclusion: From Chaos to the Brain" ****Text is available in stores, online, or as a PDF here: https://transversalinflections.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/deleuze-3207-what_is_philosophy-fenomenologie-van-schilderkunst.pdf We meet in the 6th floor north study room.

Critique of Pure Reason - The End

Pro Musica

This is the final week of the Critique of Pure Reason meetup. We are reading the Critique in about 20 weeks so that we have ample time for considering the text. This schedule may change as the group decides they want to slow down or speed up. (links to text at bottom) (Tentative) Schedule: Week 1: Overview of Kant's Project Week 2: Preface (A and B edition) Week 3: Introduction (A and B edition) Week 4: Transcendental Aesthetic Week 5: Transcendental Logic Introduction Week 6: Transcendental Logic First Division up to Chapter II Week 7: Transcendental Logic Chapter II 'Deduction' Week 8: Transcendental Logic Book II Introduction, Chapter I and II (Up to the Analogies of experience that start on B218) Week 9: Analogies of Experience up to Transcendental Logic Book II Chapter III ('phenomena and noumena') Week 10: Transcendental Logic Book II Chapter III ('phenomena and noumena') Week 11: Transcendental Logic Appendix 'Amphiboly' Week 12: Transcendental Dialectic Introduction, Book I Week 13: Transcendental Dialectic Paralogisms Week 14: Transcendental Dialectic Antinomies Section I - IV Week 15: Transcendental Dialectic Antinomies Section V - IX Week 16: Transcendental Dialectic Ideal of Pure Reason Week 17: Appendix to Transcendental Dialectic Week 18: Doctrine of Method Introduction, Chapter I Week 19: Doctrine of Method Chapter II Week 20: Doctrine of Method Chapter III and IV After the Critique of Pure Reason, the group will continue with: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals Critique of Practical Reason Critique of the Power of Judgment Links to the text: PDF (Guyer - Wood translation): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYaGVwSkM3YkZVVFE PDF (Norman Kemp Smith translation): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYOEVWdGRIbzduNVU Gutenberg (Meiklejohn translation): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4280 Amazon Links: Guyer-Wood: https://www.amazon.com/Critique-Reason-Cambridge-Works-Immanuel/dp/0521657296/ref=sr_1_3 Pluhar (All three Critiques): https://www.amazon.com/Three-Critiques-3-Set-Practical/dp/0872206297/ref=sr_1_3

Frege - The Foundations of Arithmetic

Next Door Chicago

• About this meeting: Join us in reading Gottlob Frege's "The Foundations of Arithmetic: A Logico-Mathematical Enquiry into the Concept of Number" (1884). This critical and often polemical work, itself appropriated as a starting point of the analytic tradition, investigates what our ordinary language displays about the concept of number. It is, therefore, as much a work about what 'objects' and 'concepts' are, even though the place of such notions is ultimately heuristic and transitional. Reading Schedule: May 23 - Introduction May 30 - §§1 - 17 June 6 - §§18 - 28 June 13 - §§29 - 54 June 20 - §§55 - 83 June 27 - §§84 - 109 Link: https://bit.ly/2Lg0TVU For purchase: https://amzn.to/2L7C6Dz • About this series: In this series, we are reading and rethinking the "Analytic Tradition". While it presents itself, today, as mainstream, it originally marked a radical break from the wider tradition. Yet, what characterized this break, let alone what characterizes "analytic philosophy" today is much less clear. Looking closely at texts in and around the tradition from its birth to the present day, we seek to understand it better than it understands itself. • Note: No previous experience with this tradition is expected, and our regular attendees will provide whatever help is needed in bringing everyone up to speed.

Kierkegaard: The Concept of Irony (Week 4)

Pro Musica

"The Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates" is Kierkegaard's dissertation written for his attainment of the degree "Master of Arts." While composing this work he had also begun Either/Or. Text: (EPUB) https://drive.google.com/open?id=134EV0ItORdLFQwf2c9Q8Ab79HFqcNUoK (PDF) https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYVThZdVI2OXRqbTg Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Concept-Irony-Schelling-Lecture-Notes-dp-0691020728/dp/0691020728 Doc file of Kierkegaard's Concept of Irony Schedule: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYLWdQM1ZmdGFIZk4ybVdiV1A5dWVraVZIcndV Reading Schedule: Week 1 Up to "In the Earliest Platonic Dialogues the Abstract Terminates in Irony" (XIII 136) Week 2 Up to "Phaedo" (XIII 156) Week 3 Up to "The Mythical in the Earlier Platonic Dialogues as a Token of a More Copious Speculation" (XIII 184) Week 4 Up to "Xenophon and Plato" (XIII 212) Week 5 Up to "II The Actualization of the View" (XIII 242) Week 6 Up to "III The View Made Necessary" (XIII 279) Week 7 Up to "Appendix: Hegel's View of Socrates" (XIII 298) Week 8 Up to "Part II The concept of Irony" (XIII 317) Week 9 Up to "Irony After Fichte" (XIII 346) Week 10 Up to "Tieck" (XIII 370) Week 11 Through end of book Works read so far in series: - Either/Or (Victor Eremita, et al.) - Two Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Fear and Trembling (Johannes de Silentio) - Repetition (Constantin Constantius) - Three Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Four Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Two Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Three Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Philosophical Fragments (Johannes Climacus) - Johannes Climacus or De Omnibus Dubitandum Est (Johannes Climacus) - Concept of Anxiety (Vigilius Haufniensis) - Prefaces (Nicolaus Notabene) - Writing Sampler (A.B.C.D.E.F. Godthaab) - Four Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard) - Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions (Kierkegaard) - Stages on Life's Way (Hilarious Bookbinder) - Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical Fragments (Johannes Climacus)

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