• 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.

  • Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Week 4)

    Interested in studying meta-ethics? Kant's 'Groundwork' is a great place to start. The 'Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals' explores what it means when we call something 'good' in a moral sense, and transitions this notion step by step the the discussion proper to transcendental (critical) philosophy. Week 1: Preface Week2: Section 1 Week 3: Section 2 Week 4: Section 3 PDF: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYZmRLOEpqTW1rN3c https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYOTRpWGNyU2VCYXc (Cambridge edition) Since we will also be reading the second critique I recommend getting this edition that has both the groundwork, second critique as well as many other helpful works by Kant (it's usually easy to get used): http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Philosophy-Cambridge-Works-Immanuel/dp/0521654084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445894099&sr=8-1

  • Illinois Academy of Criminology - Analyzing the Chicago Police Consent Decree

    A Presentation of the Illinois Academy of Criminology ANALYZING THE CHICAGO POLICE CONSENT DECREE Robert M. Lombardo, PhD. Professor Emeritus, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; Loyola University Wednesday, Jun19, 7 - 8:30 PM. Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett for details: [masked] Narrative: The Chicago Police Department is operating under a federal court order detailing training, accountability, use of force and other aspects of police operations. Various parts of this consent decree will be examined.

  • 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. 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 8)

    Bourgeois Cafe

    "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)

  • Hegel - 'Phenomenology of Spirit'

    Next Door Chicago

    • About this meeting: We'll pick up where we left off reading last time: B. Self-Consciousness, IV. The Truth of Self-Certainty, A. Independence and Dependence of Self Consciousness: Lordship and Bondage. Paragraph 178. • 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

  • Summer Cook Out and Hang (Featuring Logical Confusion)

    Join us at the Pro Musica Musical Evening for a cook out, live music (i.e., Logical Confusion) and just to talk about philosophy. No need to bring anything, but if you want you can bring something for the grill, or a snack/drink to share. Here is a link to the original meetup event if you want to RSVP there, too: https://www.meetup.com/Pro-Musica-Musical-Evenings/events/261900441/

  • Capitalism and Feminism: Federici's Caliban and the Witch

    Harold Washington Library

    Reading Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation Every other Monday 6-8 pm at the Harold Washington Library. We are in the 6th Floor North Study Room. **Caliban and the Witch is available in book stores, online, or as a PDF here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16iXeVUKSLSuiYUmF4zoe8JJQaZiQ2K8P/view?usp=sharing " Caliban and the Witch is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization." - Publisher blurb "In the neoliberal era of postmodernism, the proletariat is whited-out from the pages of history. Federici recovers its historical substance by telling its story starting at the beginning, with the throes of its birth. This is a book of remembrance, of a trauma burned into the body of women, which left a scar on humanity's memory as deep and painful as those caused by famine, slaughter, and enslavement." —Peter Linebaugh Discussion/Reading Schedule -------------------------------------- April 1, 2019 Day 1: Introduction and Chapter 1 "All the World Needs a Jolt" up to (not including) the section titled "Women and Heresy" Pages 1 - 38 PDF for Day 1 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oyesJ87ZEmXLcT_-kDSzOd6SpB447_Es/view?usp=sharing April 15, 2019 Day 2: Chapter 1 Section titled "Women and Heresy" to the end of Chapter 1 Pages 38 - 60. PDF for Day 2 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZwjdxTwPyE5pANN_yxZTofwTZgu026wX/view?usp=sharing April 29, 2019 Day 3: Chapter 2 "The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women" up to (not including) the section titled "Population Decline, Economic Crisis, and the Disciplining of Women" Pages 61 - 85. PDF for Day 3 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BndDY1SYLejQGBBI1TGGnUcDBb7gdNDQ/view?usp=sharing May 13, 2019 Day 4: Chapter 2 Section titled "Population Decline, Economic Crisis, and the Disciplining of Women" up to (not including) section titled "Sex, race and Class in the Colonies Pages 85 - 107. PDF for Day 4 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/116YK0WGYVJHThc_6BhsvdSZOMHN8ZXHi/view?usp=sharing June 10, 2019 Day 5: Chapter 2 Section titled "Sex, Race and Class in the Colonies" to the end of Chapter 2 Pages 107 - 132. PDF for Day 5 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yDrCzEhXpGyfBEU_bHPLGy5IbPd8JZS1/view?usp=sharing June 24, 2019 Day 6: Chapter 3 "The Great Caliban" Pages 133 - 161. PDF for Day 6 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rsVUUM4hbpqDnhSIvd2OloRGogXD04G_/view?usp=sharing July 8, 2019 Day 7: Chapter 4 "The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe" up to (not including) section titled "The Witch-Hunt and the Capitalist Rationalization of Sexuality" Pages 163 - 192. PDF for Day 7 is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MXNbaUxQlyzt2tJpqIxCQIirWs9e7V8q July 22, 2019 Day 8: Chapter 4 Section titled "The Witch-Hunt and the Capitalist Rationalization of Sexuality" to the end of Chapter 4. Pages 192 - 217. PDF for Day 8 is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tmr79QdtNFCX4LSU8gxSEX6WTtTGjc9L/view?usp=sharing August 5, 2019 Day 9: Final Chapter "Colonization and Christianization" Pages 219 - 243. PDF for Day 9 is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pB1WOkq714N5sDj626ij8823yf5QnU_4

  • PsychoTuesdays!™ presents Cixous - "Portrait of Dora"

    It's the autumn of 1899 in Vienna, and eighteen-year-old Ida Bauer has serious mental problems: self harm, contemplation of suicide, nervous habits and dark thoughts. Her father sends her to see his psychologist - none other than Dr. Sigmund Freud, the recent inventor of a new form of talking cure. Using the pseudonym 'Dora', Freud writes perhaps his most famous case history "Dora: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria," demonstrating some of his most breathtaking insights. And yet... Playwright Hélène Cixous creates the opportunity to tell Dora's story in her way, in her terms. Through the deconstructivist aesthetic-troping of her play "Portrait of Dora," Cixous seeks to reveal the buried text that lies within Freud's text. "These events declare themselves like shadows, in dreams. They often become so clear that we feel we can reach out and grasp them, but in spite of this, they elude any final clarification and if we proceed without skill or particular caution we find ourselves unable to determine whether or not such a scene ever really took place." This event will be a 'staged' reading of the play followed by discussion. We will begin with a summary of Freud's text. Cixous text available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B773s448PPS0QWswM21pYk5nRlpYTGZhYUJEUTByWF9JbVFJ If you want to reference the source, Freud's text here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B773s448PPS0enlxeklmNGZpaUtYMlFacXBwZGdSSXUtVUNR

  • 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. 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.