What we're about

We're a community that practices and discusses philosophy, being free and open to all levels and backgrounds. We offer seminars, a variety of discussion formats, and the occasional lecture / guest speaker.

Our philosophy offerings are organized and facilitated by volunteers. If you have a philosophy offering - or an offering that compliments the study of philosophy, such as in literature, the sciences, and so on - that you'd like to advertise through this Meetup, please contact the organizer. We're grateful to those who want to enrich Portland with study and discussion!

Participants must speak, write, and act in a considerate, professional, and respectful manner, and be prepared for the meetings that they attend, having reviewed the materials to the degree necessary to participate. If you haven't reviewed the materials but still wish to attend an event, please consult the event facilitator regarding the best manner for you to be present.

We look forward to studying philosophy together!

Upcoming events (4+)

Sartre Being and Nothingness reading group

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

As of the end of May we're working through the last 100 pages of the book. We're currently near the end of chapter 1 from part 4, and we'll soon be starting chapter 2 Doing and Having. Please read the assigned chapter ahead of time. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please do some reading in advance if you'd like to participate in the discussion.

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The recent translation by Sarah Richmond has got 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.

The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe (live read)

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A live read of the Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Freely available here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/33670/33670-h/33670-h.htm#LIFE_AND_CHARACTER

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, philosopher, and critic. His works include plays, poetry, literature, and aesthetic criticism as well as treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential writer in the German language, his work having a profound and wide-ranging influence on Western literary, political and philosophical thought from the late 18th century to the present day.


Asian Philosophies | Demystifying I-Ching (Book of Changes) Divination

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The presenter, Pin, is going to give an introduction on how to perform the divination using Yi Jing (I-Ching, Book of Changes) and a few historical examples of how the divination was used during the period of Spring and Autumn in ancient China (771–476 BC). The sources are from two ancient Chinese historical books: Zuo Zhuan (The Commentary of Zuo) and Guo Yu (Discourses of the States).
I-Ching divination is a form of cleromancy applied to the Book of Changes (I-Ching, Yi-Jing, 易經). The text of the I-Ching consists of sixty-four hexagrams: six-line figures of yin (broken) or yang (solid) lines, and commentaries on them. There are two main methods of building up the lines of the hexagram, using either 50 yarrow sticks or three coins. Some of the lines may be designated "old" lines, in which case the lines are subsequently changed to create a second hexagram. The text relating to the hexagram(s) and old lines (if any) is studied, and the meanings derived from such study can be interpreted as an oracle.
The Zuo Zhuan (左傳), generally translated The Zuo Tradition or The Commentary of Zuo, is an ancient Chinese narrative history that is traditionally regarded as a commentary on the ancient Chinese chronicle Spring and Autumn Annals (春秋). It comprises 30 chapters covering a period from 722 to 468 BC, and focuses mainly on political, diplomatic, and military affairs from that era.
The Zuo Zhuan has long been regarded as "a masterpiece of grand historical narrative", but its early textual history is largely unknown, and the nature of its original composition and authorship have been widely debated. The "Zuo" of the title was traditionally believed to refer to one "Zuo Qiuming"—an obscure figure of the 5th century BC described as a blind disciple of Confucius—but there is little actual evidence to support this. Most scholars now generally believe that the Zuo Zhuan was originally an independent work composed during the 4th century BC that was later rearranged as a commentary to the Annals.
Our Schedule:[masked]: The Great Learning[masked]: Mo Tzu, The First Opponent of Confucius[masked]: Yang Zhu (Yang Chu) - The Phase of Taoism[masked]: The School of Names[masked]: The Later Mohists[masked]: Mohism - Epistemology, Utilitarianism, State of Nature[masked]: (Pin) Zhuang Zi Chapter 1 The Happy Journey[masked]: The Yin-Yang School and Chinese Cosmogony[masked]: Realistic Wing of Confucianism - Xunzi[masked]: ** No Meeting**[masked]: Zhuang Zi Reading, Chapter 2 The Equality of Things[masked]: Hinduism: The Wisdom of the Seer and the Seen[masked]: Chinese Legalism - Han Fei Zi[masked] Confucianist Metaphysics[masked] Chinese Legalism - Han Fei Zi (part 2)[masked] (Pin) Zhuangzi, Chapter 2, (part 2)[masked]: Theorizer of Han Empire: Dong Zhong Shu[masked]: Hinduism: The Seer and The Seen (part 2)[masked]: (Alex) Chinese History, Qin Dynasty[masked]: (Pin) Demystifying I-Ching (Book of Changes) Divination[masked]: Han Empire and philosophy in the first century[masked]: Neo-Taoism: the Rationalist[masked]: (Shashi) Hinduism: Non-Dualism and Its Properties[masked]: (Pin) Zhuang Zi Reading[masked]: Neo-Taoism: the Sentimentalist
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