What we're about

Welcome to the Toronto Philosophy Meetup! This is a community for people interested in philosophy, including newcomers to the subject. We host discussions, talks, 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, podcasts, ethnographies, film, and whatever else seems good.)

Our members are welcomed to host their own philosophy-related events.

We also welcome speakers and collaborations with other groups.

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 us if you would like to be a speaker or host an event.

(Note that most of our events are currently online because of the pandemic.)

"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

See here (https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/pages/20785350/Philosophy_Resources_on_the_Internet/)for an extensive list of podcasts and resources on the internet about philosophy.

See here (https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/pages/23817045/Code_of_Conduct_for_the_Toronto_Philosophy_Meetup/)for the standards of conduct that our members are expected to abide by. Members should also familiarize themselves with Meetup's Terms of Service Agreement, especially the section on Usage and Content Policies (https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002897532-Usage-and-Content-Policies-Rules-for-Using-Meetup).

See here for a list of other philosophy-related groups to check out in the Toronto area: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/pages/30522966/Other_Philosophy_Groups_in_the_Toronto_Area/


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Since 2016, the Toronto Philosophy Meetup has been holding regular events that are free, open to the public, and help to foster community and a culture of philosophy in the city of Toronto. To help us continue to do so into the future, please consider supporting us with a donation! Any amount is most welcome.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Sartre Being and Nothingness reading group

Online event

This is an online reading group on Sartre's Being and Nothingness.

We'll read roughly 1 chapter per week. Please read the assigned chapter ahead of time. Everyone is welcome to attend, but reading in advance is mandatory for participating in the discussion.

For next week's reading see the Google doc below:

The recent translation by Sarah Richmond has gotten very good reviews. It improves the clarity of the text and makes it more comprehensible to an English audience. I recommend that we follow the Sarah Richmond translation for this reading group.


If you want a free PDF Google "z-library" and search for "sartre atria" in the books section to find the Richmond version. Atria is the name of the publisher.

There is a set of public domain lecture notes on B&N by Professor Paul Vincent Spade from Indiana University. There are multiple versions from different years:

Two reader's guides, both available on Z-Library and Amazon:
A Commentary on Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness by Joseph S. Catalano
Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness': A Reader's Guide by Sebastian Gardner

If you can, please support the authors/publishers and buy the books.

Society of the Spectacle - "Is reality being replaced by images?"

SESSION 2 (of 10)
We'll move forward to the end of Chapter 1
Aphorisms 11-34
All are welcome

Come join us for a live read of French situationist Guy Debord's seminal analysis of consumer capitalism in the late 20th century. Dealing with themes such as the mass media, commodity fetishism, a comparison between religion and marketing, the spectacle of politics, degradation of human life, and more. Debord's text is acutely relevant in today's world where the spectacle has become ubiquitous, pervading all aspects of modern life.

Free copy of the text: https://libcom.org/files/The%20Society%20of%20the%20Spectacle%20Annotated%20Edition.pdf


"The Das Kapital of the 20th century. An essential text, and the main theoretical work of the situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960's up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life in the late 20th century."

The Situationist International (the SI), a coalition of artists, writers and intellectuals founded in 1957, who were said to be the prime movers behind the Paris "events" of May 1968 and influences on such disparate phenomena as the Sex Pistols, the films of Jean-Luc Godard, and the K Foundation.

Add'l info:

Asian Philosophies | Buddha Travels West

Online event

We are going to review how Buddhism is practiced and studies in the West Land in the modern time.

Please read the following article from PhilosophyNow for this week's discussion:

Buddha Travels West
(or pdf version https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WxqUUNK0X1jyaPTUTUqiTh3k1KuIjx2L/view?usp=sharing)

We studied some Korans in the meetup of 2021/08/14. We are going to focus on the development of Buddhism in the West this week.

Please join Jason's discord before / after the meetup: https://discord.gg/hY69Z2wgf2

Western Buddhism broadly encompasses the knowledge and practice of Buddhism outside of Asia in the Western world.

During the long course of Buddhist history, Buddhist influences have from time to time reached the Western world. Although the evidence is weak, some scholars have suggested that Buddhist monks and teachings had reached as far as Egypt by about the beginning of the Common Era. There are occasional references to what seem to be Buddhist traditions in the writing of the Christian Church Fathers. In addition, a version of the biography of the Buddha known as the story of Barlaam and Josephat was disseminated widely in medieval Europe. In fact, the Buddha figure in the story came to be recognized as a Christian saint.

Not until the modern period, however, is there evidence of a serious Buddhist presence in the Western world. Beginning in the mid-19th century, Buddhism was introduced into the United States and other Western countries by large numbers of immigrants, first from China and Japan and later from other countries, especially those of Southeast Asia. In addition, Buddhism gained a foothold among a significant number of Western intellectuals and—particularly during the 1960s and early ’70s—among young people seeking new forms of religious experience and expression. The interest of Westerners in Buddhism was greatly fostered by the work of Buddhist missionaries such as the Japanese scholar D.T. Suzuki (1870–1966) and a number of Tibetan Buddhist teachers who moved to the West following the Chinese conquest of their homeland in 1959.

please join Asian Philosophy Discord : https://discord.gg/hY69Z2wgf2

Every Saturday 4:00pm ET
We are discussing series of papers about Asian Philosophies:

8/07/2021: I-Ching (Book of Changes)
8/14/2021: Western Buddhism, Zen Koan and Socrates
8/21/2021: 36 Strategies and Art of War
8/28/2021: The History of Chinese Philosophy
9/04/2021: Reading Analects: Ren, Benevolence, Humanness
9/11/2021: Tao Te Ching (Selected Chapters)
9/18/2021: Buddha Travels West
9/25/2021: Ode of Red Cliff by Su Shi [masked] CE)
10/02/2021: 36 Stratagems and Art of war
10/09/2021: Neo-Confucian, Zhu Xi

and more to come ........

Open Topic Philosophy — Saturday Light Night! Mix n Mingle

Dear friends,
Please read as changes have been made!
CAMERA and MIC MANDATORY for Saturday sessions due to the nature of the discussions.

This is an evening of friendly get together and light conversations! Come and stay for as long as you wish.
Make new friends from around the globe or spend time with us; the regulars ;)

It’s a light night, it is meant to lift our spirits and help us forget about all the serious issues we deal with during the week.
Attendees may present topics, I will take a quick vote and the topic with most votes will be discussed. We will have time for more than one or two topics.
Bring your light heart and sense of humour :)


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Past events (1,391)

Kierkegaard: Repetition (Live Reading)

Online event

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