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Philosophy is the way we organize our thinking and is the gauge of our values. Philosophy is the critical function of our consciousness and provides the means for us to adjudicate the content of our existence. Philosophy is the guidance navigation system and the high-altitude mapping of our mental and social environments. Philosophy renders the cognitive fat from our thinking, distills meaning from our lives, and tempers our moral and psychic steel.

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Upcoming events (5)

The Online Philosophy Meetup - Open Forum

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Let's discuss philosophy online. Open forum. Meet and greet, casual philosophy chat. Bring a question or topic if you'd like. On Zoom.

Legion of Little Helpers in the Gut

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We are all strangers to one another, even children are strangers to their parents, and parents to one another. By saying we "know" or "are familiar with" one another, we mean merely that we are complacent enough to take one another for granted thus far (and, tacitly, no further). Most people demonstrably don't even begin to know in any rigorous or critical way what it means to "know." They set their standards of normality according to ordinary experiences of a failed, besotted and befogged "consciousness" with no scruples about distinguishing a priori myth from truth, prejudices from experiences, reasoning from evidence, A philosopher is someone who, like Nietzsche, recognizes that each is truly furthest from himself: that in principle or for the profoundest reasons of fated character and human nature, we RESIST being known by ourselves and to ourselves for reasons we cannot begin to comprehend or even be conscious of. We resent and repudiate all such falsifying and formalizing "translations" of ourselves into the alien medium of skeletalizing consciousness: we are too rich, too mercurial, too pregnant, too nebulous in our self-esteeming "immediacy" or our feeling-life, to permit ourselves to be confused with any formulaic concoction of consciousness. The subterranean war of the Garden of Eden between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge goes on forever, in each and every human psyche; and a great deal of sense can be made out of the morass of less-than-human ruins we see walking around us by evaluating them in terms of the self-disastrous sacrifice of one of these trees to the other, or vice versa, for the sake of a more placid and "understandable" existence. Everything humans do in their human-all-too-human ways is achieved at some cost, typically in a currency that humans cannot even grasp. It never dawns on most human beings that both of these warring principles, "life" and "knowledge," are, precisely BECAUSE of their incompatibility, vital to developing a fully human life: the higher order in us is dialectical, it is founded upon the turbulence between these binary forces. Dialectics even governs our feeling-life, our appetites and senses (contrasts of hot and cold, sweet and sour, hard and soft, textured and nebulous, etc.); and certainly our esthetic or nuanced feeling-life, the coordinations of our higher sensibilities and grasp of the significance and interaction of qualities, relations, and powers. This issue of self and other naturally enough appears in a wholly distortionary form in our ego-obsessed, proprietarist and paranoiac culture, where narcissist absorption in one's own feeling-life is of course the norm for all douloi (even as it is also an utterly lost language of self-understanding to all banausoi). The necessity that life should be and must be a channelling of primal war-energies ("war is the father of all things" the worldview of aristeia, of aristoi who were originally a warrior-caste) bears itself out in spite of doulic and banausic collective determinations to exclude all primal polemical imperatives from settled and pacific modern conventionalisms. We repel all this martialism into economics and politics where it grows, not under the tutelage of any civilizational ethos of wisdom but rather under the dementing inspirations of a people who have utterly no mythos of community, no shared sense of the convergent meaning of human existence and its potential forms of evaluability and gnosic mythos. It grows monstrous there, all of the civilization falls under the sway of devastating take-no-prisoners and winner-take-all manias more appropriate to the sacking of cities than to any kind of civilizing enterprise. https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/85242.html https://kennethsmith.livejournal.com/85498.html

Nietzsche Study Group week 3

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Lectures: 5. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mty9E9IGcSzhkotobk1-_sBPZWHvbe42/view?usp=sharing (58 minutes) (The audio improves quickly) 6a. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NH4qfQ6pMxUjLCsBUm_Ir4tuvc0daK70/view?usp=sharing (29 minutes) 6b. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e4xausc2gfbWDILqCTHvkvTtnreBJcBn/view?usp=sharing (24 minutes) Notes: !!!!!!!!!The notes for class 4 that was supposed to be posted last week!!!!!!! 4. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_3P_oeTemMHVzdWeG50V3JyQkE/view?usp=sharing (It might be worth going through lecture four again with these proper notes and the correct reading.) 5. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qnrlyH8FEMTjcQeDOk_FlOSH4k9kT1_P/view?usp=sharing (This was erroneously given out last week; it corresponds to this week's lecture five.) 6. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1evfZFtSuRhxk-NDQScWz_C5DPx_fnh-y/view?usp=sharing Reading: 2. https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Fj_V8VhUrJlRamEX2QeRbMNgfmbMzXF/view?usp=sharing (Same PDF as last week.) Last week's description should have included pp. 123-28. It didn't, so do go back and cover those pages now. Last week's description said to read pp. 129-40 -- excerpts from Gay Science -- that is the reading for this week's lectures.)

Roll Wisdom: Philosophy and Tabletop Roleplaying Games with Dr. Trystan Goetze

Tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons are more popular than ever before. But rarely do we pause to consider some of the deeper questions raised by these games. In this talk, I want to argue for two things: first, that philosophy can improve your games, and second, that games can do philosophy. To do https://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Analytic-Philosophy-CLUB/events/273740373/

Past events (2,701)

Stuck Rubber Baby

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