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Talk about our philosophical writings and meanderings.

I have proposed the date above for our first meeting. This group will likely be small, so it will be what we make it.  We will get together to discuss the peculiar and particular issues pertaining to writing stuff that most educated people do not seem to care about.  Perhaps that is because "philosophers," in their efforts to be a distinct profession, strives to maintain an air of incomprehensibility.  Or maybe it is because most traditional philosophers cannot write.  Whatever, I think we should all strive to make philosophy, especially if we have an original message of our own, accessible and intelligible to the average educated person.

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  • Bill K.

    Guess what! I've decided to try living in NYC. I'll be up there starting May 1st!

    April 17, 2013

  • Dyske S.

    http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/spring/nash-business-literature/

    This article is relevant to what we discussed. It's about what it means to publish a book in this digital age.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please gore my sacred cows! It's the only way I learn. I love the passion evoked, but let's not swerve into what sound like (I say sound like, because I don't think they were) ad hominem (or ad feminam!) attacks.

    March 29, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Dyske: How right you are. I guess I can dish it out but I can't take it, as that childhood expression goes.

    March 27, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Hey, Everyone:

    I want to apologize to anyone who may have been put off by my argumentative style and tone. I am not offering any excuses. I can often get too intense, especially when the discussion pertains to the subject matter in my book. I hope to see you all next month and I promise to reduce the volume of my argumentation. Thanks for understanding.

    Bruce

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Dyske S.

      We all have sacred cows. When we become emotionally defensive, it is a good sign that our sacred cows have been questioned, threatened, and/or destabilized. And, it is indeed scary because we all build our whole lives on the assumption that our sacred cows are self-evidently true. In my view, the whole point of philosophical debate is to challenge each other's sacred cows. Most people find such a practice rude, insensitive, offensive, and/or overbearing. Only philosophers seek such debates.

      March 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I went to the meetup expecting a philosophical debate but was disappointed in the level of dialogue with respect to my religion. Any one who wants a more erudite articulation of my position can read Reasonable Perspectives on Religion, edited by Richard Curtis, particularly Chapter 13, Types of Religious Naturalism by Joe Chuman who as I mentioned is an Ethical Culture leader and a professor of philosophy at Columbia. He discusses ways of thinking about religious experience grounded exclusively in nature. He explains that the task of a contemporary religious naturalist is to take the categories of traditional religious experience-mystery, awe, thanksgiving, grace, transcendence, ethical sensibility, among them-and resituate them within the context of a naturalist metaphysics. While some may wish to debate that position, the claim that Unitarianism which is theistic (but doesn't believe necessarily in the trinity) is also not a religion is to me intellectually insupportable.

      March 27, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Joe: I understand you. I am open to other meeting venues, so if you know of any that you especially like, let me know. I think it is difficult to find any place quiet, but we were lucky in one respect: 3 pm on a Saturday is a low-volume time in most restaurants. So it was not as bad as it could have been.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • JoeM

      I actually like the place. Hopefully I won't have a time conflict next time and can sit a little closer!

      March 26, 2013

  • Bill K.

    I really enjoyed the stimulating conversation!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • JoeM

    I enjoyed the discussion and the people. Kind of difficult to hear sometimes in the Stone Creek, I felt like I was shouting just to be heard. Let's keep talking!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Work related mishap derailed my plans.

    March 23, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Yes indeed, Rick, we will all meet on Saturday, March 23 at Stone Creek at 3 pm. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Just want to confirm this meetup for tomorrow the 23rd. I saw postponements, but can't believe it's here already.

    March 22, 2013

  • Sonny O

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it cause Ill be away on vacation. Hopefully I will catch theed next meeting.

    March 12, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Hey Guys:

    Please note the change of our first meeting date. Thanks!

    February 21, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Thank you so much for starting this -- I couldn't have asked for better

    January 28, 2013

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