What we're about

Welcome to the Denver Philosophy Club. To begin with the standard question—What is Philosophy?—Philosophy is part logic, part critical thinking, part tinkering and part understanding—as well much, much more. To be a bit more precise Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence especially when considered as an academic discipline. Another words philosophy is the examination of our life.

Philosophy goes through a series of stages in discussion, dialogue or argument. First Aporeia from the Greek to mean perplexity; next, Praxa meaning action or practice; finally Philosophia from the Greek to mean ‘love of wisdom’.

There are several definitive disciplines of Philosophy. Epistemology (taken from the Greek ‘epistēmē’ meaning knowledge) which is the study of knowledge, truth, belief, justification as theories of knowledge. Logic (from the Greek ‘logos’ meaning reason or word) is the study of reasoning, argumentation, validity and certainty. Metaphysics (in Greek to literally mean ‘beyond’ or ‘after’ and ‘physics’ taken from a book Aristotle wrote after ‘The Physics’) which is the study of the fundamental nature of reality.

Philosophical Morality, where morality is to mean “a class of rules held by society to govern the conduct of its members behavior”, thus Philosophy of Morality is the study of those rules of conduct and their justifications as ethical theories. And Aesthetics (from the Greek aisthetikos to mean esthetic, sensitive or sentient) which is the study of art, beauty, taste, perception and the nature of judgments. There are numerous ‘notable to mention’ fields in Philosophy. Philosophy of Mathematics; Philosophy of Logic; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Law; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Religion; and the Philosophy of Language to just name a few.

There are philosophical topics such as Free Will, or 'do we have free will or are we products of determinism’?—

So we are a discussion group that does ‘philosophy’.

The Format of the Meetings:

Topics are suggested and refined by those attending the meeting. Then by pure democracy we collectively vote for the best 2-4 top topics and break into 2-4 groups to discuss them.

Some general guidelines for the meetings:

We tackle philosophical issues casually and informally. If you are into some deep conversation about life, existence and the nature of knowledge and value—this is the group for you. If you are into academic, in-depth, complex dialogue about esoteric philosophical matters—well this group is for you as well.

If you would like a lively discussion to rival those you spent in the wee hours at college, while your brain marinated in substances whose names you can no longer pronounce now that you've taken them, then by all means join us!

Membership is free to attend. However, if anybody wishes to provide a donation to help offset the nominal fees Meetup.com charges, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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Denver Philosophy Club's Monthly Symposium

Come, celebrate life and wisdom with me, Dan, your host for Denver Philosophy Meetup @ Piccolo's. 3563 South Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO. Ask for the Denver Philosophy Club, and you'll be directed to our table. Our Format: Everyone attending will introduce themselves and with brevity in mind, you can ask a philosophical question, or suggest a philosophical topic. Topics are suggested, refined by those attending. By pure democracy we vote for the best topics and break into smaller groups to discuss them. When we break up into smaller groups, we'll be lead or introduced by the host or original questioner to the philosophical topic. After that the discussion should freely flow. Attendance & RSVP: Our Symposium is restaurant dining. I need an accurate RSVP. I usually try to reserve 1-4 extras spots. I will call in our reservation @2:30 pm the day of. Guidelines & Boundaries for our Discussions: We tackle philosophy casually and informally. There's no compulsion to stay so if the occasion calls for it, you can join another discussion, freely. As well, some of us have come to do a little speaking and while others have joined in to purely listen. And of course some come to argue. All ends of the spectrum are welcome. As well, I don't mind if you're late, or early. If early you'll be there for a bit of the pre-discussion. If you're late, you'll be there when current affairs and politics discussion. There are but three boundaries we observe in philosophical discourse. No Politics, No Damning up the Flow, & No Violence. First, we refrain from discussing politics until the formal meeting for which I will formally call it and add any news might worth be sharing. Second, Philosophy involved in a dialogical process. We can wind up in weird places. This is welcome. So from time to time I'll redress the original question, or one relating to the topic to bring us back into the ballpark, discussion wise. But this is a safe space to explore these diatribes. Third, no throwing of chairs. Angered outburst. Ad Homonym Abusive, Ad Hitlerum (etc.). Our Usual Topics: What is Philosophy? What is Beauty? What is Art? What is Justice? Is reality real? What is existence? What is the meaning of life? What is doubtable and what is certain? How do I know what I know? How do I know that I know? Is there a God? Is it Provable? The existence of evil?— Is evil intelligible or 'unintelligible'? If evil is in the world, then does God permit it? Is God responsible for Evil? Is existence just made up of stuff? Or is there more out there than mere 'stuff'? Can we ever 'really' know for sure that we are not, indeed, in the Matrix? Is punishment morally justified? Great. See you at the Symposium.

Book Club Potluck - The Information

Sarah M's Office

Sarah will host our discussion of "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" by James Gleick. Sarah suggested this book. The other option for next month is Cameron's pick. See the February 8 Meetup. The March poll results are in, and the winners are Shakti's pick, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" by Gustave Le Bon, and Cameron's pick, "Naming and Necessity" by Saul Kripke. Please let me know if you'd be willing to host an event in the future. I need two volunteers each month. Since we are always planning ahead, I've started the poll for our Meetups two months out. You'll find that under the "More" menu at the top of this page (https://www.meetup.com/philosophy-34/polls/). Anyone who is a member of this Meetup can submit a title for the poll. Just send me an email ([masked]), and I'll add your selection. However, I will only include one title from each member. If you submitted a title last month, I've rolled it over into the new poll. If you want to change your recommendation, just let me know. As always, it's essential that everyone who comes to the meeting reads the book in its entirety. Please also bring a food or drink item for the potluck. Happy reading!

Book Club Potluck - The Coddling of the American Mind

Richard will host our discussion of "The Coddling of the American Mind" by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt. Cameron suggested this book. The other option for next month is Sarah's pick. See the February 1 Meetup. The March poll results are in, and the winners are Shakti's pick, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" by Gustave Le Bon, and Cameron's pick, "Naming and Necessity" by Saul Kripke. Please let me know if you'd be willing to host an event in the future. I need two volunteers each month. Since we are always planning ahead, I've started the poll for our Meetups two months out. You'll find that under the "More" menu at the top of this page (https://www.meetup.com/philosophy-34/polls/). Anyone who is a member of this Meetup can submit a title for the poll. Just send me an email ([masked]), and I'll add your selection. However, I will only include one title from each member. If you submitted a title last month, I've rolled it over into the new poll. If you want to change your recommendation, just let me know. As always, it's essential that everyone who comes to the meeting reads the book in its entirety. Please also bring a food or drink item for the potluck. Happy reading!

The Philosophy of ... ?

Mercury Cafe

What is "the Philosophy of"? Philosophy is at the core of all our inquiries into human endeavors. In what we do, who we are, what we love and detest... For example: What is the philosophy of Economics? Of the Press? Of Politics? Of Current Affairs? Of the Birds & Bees? Of Football? Of Drinking Spirits, Liquor, Beer & Wine? ... Of Life? We come to meet once a month @the Mercury Cafe to discuss a 'what is the philosophy of' type questions? Usually one topic (or word), like 'what is the philosophy of': Life Sciences? Sport Sciences? Games? Hobbies? History? Etc.? You catch my drift. Format of the discussion: Between four to five topics will be nominated for a general vote. By pure democracy we will vote for the best two-three topics and break up into smaller groups to discuss. Right around 9 pm I'll call the formal part of the meeting to close and we will enjoy a bit of discussion about current affairs.

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