What we're about

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

Check out our Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-Philosophy-Meetup/events/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Kant: Critique of Practical Reason (Week 4)

Bourgeois Cafe

Our Kant reading continues with the Critique of Practical Reason. Week 1: Preface and Introduction Week 2: Book I (Analytic) - Chapter I Week 3: Book I (Analytic) - Chapters II and III Week 4: Book II (Dialectic) Week 5: Doctrine of Method There are numerous editions (and free translations available online), but this collection contains all of Kant's Practical Philosophy in translation: http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Philosophy-Cambridge-Works-Immanuel/dp/0521654084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445894099&sr=8-1

Husserl - Philosophy of Arithmetic: Psychological and Logical Investigations

• About this meeting: Join us in discussing Edmund Husserl's "Philosophy of Arithmetic: Psychological and Logical Investigations" (1891). This early work, based on his habilitationsschrift (1887), inquires into the psychical origin and content of the concepts of multiplicity, unity, and amount as they show the logical sources of arithmetic. It thus considers consciousness insofar as it has a place in combining and representing unities, multiplicities, and totalities. Reading Schedule: July 11 - Volume 1, First Part, Preface, Chapters I - II *July 18 - Volume 1, First Part, Chapters III - V* July 25 - Volume 1, First Part, Chapters VI - VII Aug. 1 - Volume 1, First Part, Chapters VIII - IX Aug. 8 - Volume 1, Second Part, Chapters X - XI Aug. 15 - Volume 1, Second Part, Chapters XII - XIII Link: https://bit.ly/2UXYCDB For purchase: https://amzn.to/2PvNp77 • 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.

Schelling: The Grounding of Positive Philosophy - The Berlin Lectures

From back cover of the english translation: "The Berlin lectures in The Grounding of Positive Philosophy, appearing here for the first time in English, advance Schelling’s final “existential system” as an alternative to modernity’s reduction of philosophy to a purely formal science of reason. The onetime protégé of Fichte and benefactor of Hegel, Schelling accuses German Idealism of dealing “with the world of lived experience just as a surgeon who promises to cure your ailing leg by amputating it.” Schelling’s appeal in Berlin for a positive, existential philosophy found an interested audience in Kierkegaard, Engels, Feuerbach, Marx, and Bakunin. The Berlin lectures provide fascinating insight into the thought processes of one of the most provocative yet least understood thinkers of nineteenth-century German philosophy." In anticipation of reading Kierkegaard's notes from Schelling's Berlin lectures, let's look at Schelling's Berlin lectures directly. Link to pdf: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYa2VlaWZ0emZJVlE Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Grounding-Positive-Philosophy-Contemporary-Continental/dp/0791471306/ref=sr_1_1 Week 1 Up to "Kant, Fichte and a Science of Reason" Week 2 Up to "History of Negative and Positive Philosophy" Week 3 Up to "Metaphysical Empiricism" Week 4 Through end of lectures

Hegel - 'Phenomenology of Spirit'

Next Door Chicago

• About this meeting: We'll pick up where we left off reading last time. • About this series: We'll meet about twice a month to (attempt to) live-read Hegel's 1807, 'Phenomenology of Spirit' (/Mind) (AKA 'System of Science: Part One, Science of the Experience of Consciousness'.) It is not expected that we will make it very far in our bi-monthly attempts to read and produce initial readings of Hegel's 'Phenomenology', which is to anticipate meeting twice a month for some time. Amazon Link (Miller Translation): https://www.amazon.com/Phenomenology-Spirit-G-W-Hegel/dp/0198245971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507216630&sr=8-1 PDF (Miller Translation): https://goo.gl/xAPbi6 PDF (Pinkard Translation): https://goo.gl/vgTXBY PDF (Inwood Translation): https://goo.gl/Pu1R2o

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