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Welcome to the Toronto Philosophy Meetup! This is a community for people interested in philosophy, whether new to the subject or more advanced. We hold discussions and other events on an inclusive range of topics and perspectives in philosophy, utilizing an array of materials (e.g. philosophical writings, for the most part, but also art, history, law, science, theology, literature, ethnographies, film, and whatever else seems good.)

This is a group open to members to organize their own philosophy-related discussions.

Join us at an event soon for friendship, cooperative discourse, and mental exercise!

Feel free to propose meetup topics (you can do this on the Message Boards), and please contact the organizers if you would like to host an event yourself, or organize events in Toronto on a regular basis.

"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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Upcoming events (5)

Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life (Rule 3: Make Friends With...)

“If you surround yourself with people who support your upward aim, they will not tolerate your cynicism and destructiveness. They will instead encourage you when you do good for yourself and others; and punish you carefully when you do not. This will bolster your resolve to do what you should do in the most appropriate and careful manner. People who are not aiming up will do the opposite... Make friends with people who want the best for you.” See this brief video to get the most out of this conversation. https://youtu.be/Nf9wlIwkO7A You can read in-depth about the rule in 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos. The book can be viewed in various formats here: https://b-ok.cc/book/2826914/08eebc Come discuss the impact of each of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life on our lives. We will cover one rule per Meetup. Format: 1) A panel discussion on the rule. We invite YOU to be on the panel. We want to have as many voices heard as possible. Choose ONE rule that you have found most useful — you simply have to talk about how you have found the rule useful for 5 minutes, and then participate in the panel. Spots are limited — message the host Shrikant now to get your spot on the panel for your favorite rule. 2) Q&A 3) Breakout rooms with 6-8 people answering 3 Questions about the rule 4) Come back together in the large group and share our takeaways 5) Free form breakout rooms for those who want to continue talking Rule 1: June 18 Rule 2: June 25 Rule 3: July 2 Rule 4: July 9 Rule 5: July 16 Rule 6: July 23 Note: This event is organized by the 52 Living Ideas Meetup group in New York City: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas We will be joined online by 30 to 80 members of various Meetup groups and the 52 Living Ideas active Discord group.

Martin Heidegger: Early Greek Thinking (Week 2)

Online event

Martin Heidegger (1889—1976) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century, while remaining one of the most controversial. His thinking has contributed to such diverse fields as phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty), existentialism (Sartre, Ortega y Gasset), hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur), political theory (Arendt, Marcuse, Habermas), psychology (Boss, Binswanger, Rollo May), and theology (Bultmann, Rahner, Tillich). His critique of traditional metaphysics and his opposition to positivism and technological world domination have been embraced by leading theorists of postmodernity (Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard). *** Howdy folks! In this series, we will be reading and discussing Martin Heidegger's book "Early Greek Thinking." I have read B&T, but in no way would consider myself a Heidegger expert. What we are trying to do with this group is to pay close attention to the words on the page, in front of us, not what other philosophers might say about the issue, or draw contrasts - we want to know what Heidegger is saying in these sections. I haven't read this text before, and if you haven't either, this group is perfect for you! I imagine, there might be some terms that will need a bit of explication, from outside the text, if I bring them up, I will provide links for the sources. If it isn't obvious by now, PLEASE READ BEFORE THE SESSION, it will make the discussion go much better. With all that being said, this should be great fun! Week 1 - "Chapter 1: The Anaximander Fragment" Week 2 - "Chapter 2: Logos (Heraclitus, Fragment B 50)" Week 3 - "Chapter 3: Moira (Parmenides VIII, 34-41)" Week 4 - "Chapter 4: Aletheia (Heraclitus, Fragment B 16)" A translation of the text is here: https://b-ok.cc/book/815736/bbe8d7 Or purchased here: https://www.amazon.ca/Early-Greek-Thinking-Martin-Heidegger/dp/0060638427/ Some background resources on Martin Heidegger: - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/heidegger/ - https://www.iep.utm.edu/heidegge/

Kierkegaard: "The Aesthetic Validity of Marriage" from Either/Or (Live Reading)

In Either/Or, Soren Kierkegaard [masked]), under the pseudonym Victor Eremita, explores interiority, and the struggle for a meaningful existence wherein one finds lasting happiness. He accomplishes this by portraying two chief personalities: the Aesthete (Book I), and the Judge (Book II). The writings of the aesthete are personal and brooding. Among many aesthetic themes it examines the nature of love, happiness and how to secure these in a lasting way. The writings of the judge are addressed to the aesthete as to a friend, and attempt to convince him that he is putting himself in misery by misunderstanding the themes he has dealt with in Book I. *** We are continuing our live reading of "The Aesthetic Validity of Marriage" from Soren Kierkegaard's Either/Or. This week we will be starting from Danish page [97]. This online event is hosted by Erik over at the Chicago Philosophy Meetup as part of their ongoing series on Kierkegaard: https://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-Philosophy-Meetup/ Books can be found in the library, or can be bought online (used copies should be easy to find). Book 1: EPUB: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYWV9CWlU5eFM0cWc Book 2: EPUB: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8BkdayihrgYbS1yR1p6ZUpHMlE Amazon Links: Book I: http://www.amazon.com/Either-Kierkegaards-Writings-S%C3%B8ren-Kierkegaard/dp/0691020418/ Book II: http://www.amazon.com/Either-Part-Kierkegaards-Writings-Vol/dp/0691020426/ Background on Søren Kierkegaard in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://www.iep.utm.edu/kierkega/ Kierkegaard in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kierkegaard/ *** On the Kierkegaard series at the Chicago Philosophy Meetup: The Friday meetings started January 1st 2016 with an initial goal of reading through the first half of Kierkegaard's works. Due to continued interest we have decided to continue on beyond this point as well, and show no sign of stopping. Works read so far in series: - The Concept of Irony, With Continual Reference to Socrates (Kierkegaard) - Notes of Schelling's Berlin Lectures (Kierkegaard) - 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) Works read, but not by Kierkegaard or a pseudonym: - The First Love (Scribe) - The Berlin Lectures (Schelling)

From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

Online event

From Hell (written, drawn and published over[masked]) by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The Comics Journal ranks it as the 41st most important/best English language comic of the 20th century. A meticulously recreated and elaborated presentation of the Whitechapel "Jack the Ripper" murders, subtly illustrated by Campbell. From the central events of the murders, the story expands to an exhaustive overview of modernity, history, gender issues, social issues, sociology, culture, philosophy, poetry, conspiracy, spirituality and mysticism. All quadrants, all levels, all lines are considered, as Moore spins his fictionalized account, a higher-dimensional altitude survey of time, history and society. The story explores the archetypal psycho-geography of London, the eternal conflicts of patriarchy versus matriarchy, Dionysian versus Apollonian, the social/moral/cultural conditions of 19th and 20th century western civilization, and, ultimately, a revelation of divinity behind history's great arch. *** A compelling, accomplished work, From Hell richly rewards careful reading. Let us engage in a multiple-week reading and discussion of one of the greatest novels ever created in the comics medium. CBR files will be provided if needed. Also available for purchase in multiple editions. (Files can also be downloaded in various formats here: https://b-ok.cc/s/From%20Hell%20Alan%20Moore%20Eddie%20Campbell) Week 2 Chapter 3: Blackmail Or Mrs. Barrett 19 pages Chapter 4: "What Doth The Lord Require Of Thee?" 38 pages

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