• Wisdom and the emotions

    Next Door Chicago

    I chose to say "wisdom" in this meetup's title, instead of something nearby like "intelligence" or "rationality". This is because, in my view, putting the question in terms of intelligence or rationality tends to bring out the worst in philosophers—the assumption that intellect/reason is *distinct* from and properly *in control of* the emotions being so ingrained in the Western heritage. The question I have in mind is how to deal wisely with one's emotions—with what the emotional lives of wise individuals tend to be like. Wisdom isn't directly a matter of cognitive processing power, knowledge base, commitment to principles, or self-control. We take it to be more encompassing than these, and in asking whether someone is "wise" we look at their whole habit of life instead of at these smaller indices of intellect and reason. A first step toward dealing wisely with one's emotions seems to be acknowledging that they're *there* and what they are—already a potentially grave and complex challenge. A core component of this first step is the ability to step back and characterize one's feelings from some kind of distance; does this entail being, at some level, free from their influence? When this level of self that may (or may not) be free from their influence opts to *control* or *correct for* them, what criteria can it possibly use for doing so? Let's pull out all the stops: personal anecdotes, moral intuitions, pop culture references, rigorous formal arguments—anything that can move us toward clarity on how people who command esteem, people we might want to be more like, deal with loving and hating and fearing and joy.

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  • Process Philosophy

    Eva's Cafe

    Please follow this link to RSVP to this meetup and to read a detailed description of the topic: https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-with-Heart/events/262038781/ This meetup is being hosted by The Symposium (formerly "Philosophy with Heart"), a community dedicated to exploring life's questions with use of various guiding texts. Since Plato, philosophy was considered a devotional activity, emerged from the mythic age, among lovers and inspired poets, casting light into their world with the aid of reason. Let us familiarize ourselves with the wisdom tradition, uncover new shapes of thought, and find the great freedom that comes from seeing the lifeworld of our connected selves. By sharing together we create an open space for fresh insights, whether through ourselves or from others. It is through the light of our questions that we stay connected to the true, even as the depth of our ignorance is continually revealed. Yet as we cleanse the mirror, we find unique harmony between what is thought and spoken, for wisdom to usher in, and for the spirit of philosophical friendship to take hold. Let us honor that space together. Join The Symposium here: http://meetu.ps/c/39wyR/3vmRC/d

  • 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 203. • 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

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Critical Theory Chicago Hosts Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

    Reading/Discussion Schedule: Every other Monday SECTION 1 WAR July 15th: Preface: Life in Common and Section 1.1 Simplicissimus Exemptions Golem The GLobla State of War Biopower and Security Legitimate Violence Samuel Huntington, Geheimrat July[masked] Counterinsurgencies Birth of the New War Revolution in Military Affairs The Mercenary and the Patriot Asymmetry and Full-Spectrum Dominance August 12th 1.3 Resistance The Primacy of Resistance From the People’s Army to Guerrilla Warfare Inventing Network Struggles Swarm Intelligence From Biopower to Biopolitical Production SECTION 2 MULTITUDE August 26th 2.1 Dangerous Classes The Becoming Common of Labor The Twilight of the Peasant World Two Italians in India The Wealth of the Poor (or, We Are the Poors!) Demonic Multitudes: Dostoyevsky Reads the Bible Excursus 1: Method: In Marx’s Footsteps Death of the Dismal Science? September 9th 2.2 De Corpore Global Apartheid A Trip to Davos Big Government Is Back Life on the Market September 23rd 2.3 Traces of the Multitude The Monstrosity of the Flesh Invasion of the Monsters Production of the Common Beyond Private and Public Carnival and Movement Mobilization of the Common Excursus 2: Organization: Multitude on the Left SECTION 3 DEMOCRACY October 7th 3.1 The Long March of Democracy Crisis of Democracy in the Era of Armed Globalization The Unfinished Democratic Project of Modernity Debtors’ Rebellion The Unrealized Democracy of Socialism Revolt, Berlin From Democratic Representation to GLobal Public Demands White Overalls October 21st 3.2 Global Demands for Democracy Caheirs de doléances Convergence in Seattle Experiments in Global Reform Back to the Eighteenth Century! Excursus 3: Strategy: Geopolitics and New Alliances November 4th 3.3 Democracy of the Multitude Sovereignty and Democracy May the Force Be with You The New Science of Democracy: Madison and Lenin Publisher's Blurb: "In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of “American empire”? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is profoundly mistaken, the authors argue. Empire, by interconnecting more areas of life, is actually creating the possibility for a new kind of democracy, allowing different groups to form a multitude, with the power to forge a democratic alternative to the present world order. Exhilarating in its optimism and depth of insight, Multitude consolidates Hardt and Negri’s stature as two of the most important political philosophers at work in the world today." The text is available in stores, online, in libraries or as a PDF available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iG_RZ7dldnXaYypM8kCVWn8EPtm9-eSR

  • An Introduction to Process Philosophy

    Next Door Chicago

    In our next two episodes of this series on classical American philosophy, we will be reading some introductory selections from one of the schools of thought heavily influenced by William James and Charles Sanders Peirce, which is now termed ‘process philosophy’. The core of process thought is to be found in the writings of Anglo-American mathematician/logician/ physicist Alfred North Whitehead and American philosopher/theologian Charles Hartshorne. Unlike most Western worldviews, process philosophy considers reality to be composed not of static things but of events, and human experience to be based not on sense perception but a mode of feeling from which sense perception is derived. Following James and Peirce, process thought rejects both mind/body dualism and materialism and espouses such doctrines as theism, fallibilism, and indeterminism. While others have reacted to the theory of evolution either by rejecting it to preserve classical theism or else by being lead by it to accept atheism, process theology has been inspired by it to reinterpret the nature of God as including temporality and growth. In this first process episode, we will examine some basic texts on process metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, and historical commentary, and in the second episode ones on process theology and ethics. Episode one will cover pages 1-36 (or 1-2 & 15-36 for the time- challenged) of the linked file (see below for a google drive link), with extracts from James, Peirce, Whitehead, Hartshorne, Henri Bergson, and David Griffin, and episode two pages 36-53. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j19rLUI5eOHVrSuci6bKHLdeTZR9NXn8/view?usp=sharing

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  • “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

    Eva's Cafe

    Please follow this link to RSVP to this meetup and to read a detailed description of the topic: https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-with-Heart/events/262711177/ This meetup is being hosted by The Symposium (formerly "Philosophy with Heart"), a community dedicated to exploring life's questions with use of various guiding texts. Since Plato, philosophy was considered a devotional activity, emerged from the mythic age, among lovers and inspired poets, casting light into their world with the aid of reason. Let us familiarize ourselves with the wisdom tradition, uncover new shapes of thought, and find the great freedom that comes from seeing the lifeworld of our connected selves. By sharing together we create an open space for fresh insights, whether through ourselves or from others. It is through the light of our questions that we stay connected to the true, even as the depth of our ignorance is continually revealed. Yet as we cleanse the mirror, we find unique harmony between what is thought and spoken, for wisdom to usher in, and for the spirit of philosophical friendship to take hold. Let us honor that space together. Join The Symposium here: http://meetu.ps/c/39wyR/3vmRC/d