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The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG) offers many opportunities for discussions of philosophy and philosophical issues. No advance preparation or knowledge is required, unless stated in the meeting description. All our meetings are free of charge.

Click on "Meetups" just under the picture, above, to see details about upcoming meetups. The types of meetups that we have are:

- Weekly Lecture/Discussion groups, which offer free DVD lectures and discussions covering a wide range of philosophical topics.

- Special Events and Lectures covering topics of interest to our membership.

We are always open to new ideas, so come and share your thoughts at one of our meetings.

This group is a member of the Virtual Philosophy Network, a consortium of philosophy groups like ours in the U.S. and Canada. Now that Meetup events are virtual, we can discuss ideas with folks from all over the continent, and we have a broader range of topics to choose from. Go to https://sites.google.com/view/virtualphilosophynetwork to see all the Meetup groups in the network,

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Our web site also features lively discussions, within a culture that values civil discourse.

Here's what civil discourse is: Conversation intended to enhance understanding. It employs language of dispassionate objectivity. Civil discourse requires mutual respect of the participants. It neither diminishes the other's moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility and direct antagonism. It requires an appreciation for the other participants' experiences.

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Ancient Civilizations: Millennia in Microcosm Week 30

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What is then the meaning of the modern epoch and its forms? Does our present culture provide us with resources to answer that question? Do we have the capacity to even wrap our minds around the question? Kenneth Smith gives us several snapshots of our millennial condition, an overview of the forces and threads at play in our modern world.



HAUNTOLOGY! Marx from beyond the grave…

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To enter the discussion. Once we meet, you may do what works for you!

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“French philosopher Jacques Derrida initially used the term “Hauntology” to refer to his idea of the atemporal nature of Marxism and its tendency to "haunt Western society from beyond the grave."[3] It describes a situation of temporal and ontological disjunction in which presence, especially socially and culturally, is replaced by a deferred non-origin.[2] The concept is derived from his deconstructive method, in which any attempt to locate the origin of identity or history must inevitably find itself dependent on an always-already existing set of linguistic conditions.[4] “ Wikipedia

In this session, we will discuss “ Hauntology”!
Philosophy of politics, culture and …!


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The Plan 9 Book Club From Outer Space has been in operation since 2016, studying the most important works in modern western Philosophy. To date, we’ve studied the major works of Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

On Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, we began a study of Martin Heidegger’s BEING AND TIME. We meet every Tuesday evening, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, to carry on in-depth discussions of the text. This is a discussion group; not a lecture class.

We hold our meetings at the Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard: https://www.google.com/maps/place/30%C2%B016'41.4%22N+97%C2%B044'56.3%22W/@30.2781667,-97.7511609,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d30.27816!4d-97.74897 .
Most Tuesdays, after studying Heidegger, several of us continue the discussion over a pitcher of beer, down the street at The Tavern. The beer is optional, of course (they have meals and snacks, too), but the conversation is always strong!


As I mentioned, Plan 9 is a group that likes to do deep studies of our book choices. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into the author’s overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of the author’s philosophy. Our discussion of BEING AND TIME will take place over several meetings. I estimate that we’ll spend 20-30 weeks in detailed discussion of the text—working out the themes and the meanings of Heidegger’s masterpiece.

The book we’ll use is BEING AND TIME, by Martin Heidegger, translated by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson; Harper Perennial Modern Thought publication; the July 22, 2008 edition:

Being and Time requires some explanation, and many of us will take up a companion book, for commentary. I’ll be using two books: HEIDEGGER’S BEING AND TIME, by William Blattner: https://www.amazon.com/Heideggers-Being-Time-Readers-Guides/dp/0826486096
and A GUIDE TO HEIDEGGER’S BEING AND TIME, by Magda King: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Heideggers-Contemporary-Continental-Philosophy/dp/0791448002/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=books%2C+magda+king&qid=1639947665&sr=8-2

These books provide a great deal of much-needed background information. Any other references that you may wish to use will be welcomed.

Each week, we’ll share what we’ve learned from Heidegger and from our companion books in an effort to attain full understanding of BEING AND TIME and its position within the realm of Philosophical thought.


If this sort of work interests you, sign up here and join us. We have a small handful of regular members, and new people have come and gone over the years. Everyone is more than welcome to join in.


Understanding Russia 8 Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment

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We won’t be meeting at the La Madeline. We’ll meet over the Zoom meeting app so everyone can stay safe, until COVID-19 concerns are resolved.
Message me over meetup to get the password.

Understanding Russia: A Cultural History | Wondrium

"Get a comprehensive look at Russia's fascinating cultural history with an award-winning historian and Russian specialist."

At each meeting, we watch / listen to a lecture together, and then discuss lecture together.

Typically, we cover one lecture per week. See the event’s title for what lecture is for that event.

Here is the full list of lectures for the course:

1 A Russian Past, the Putin Future
2 Ivan the Terrible’s 500-Year Reign
3 The Russian Orthodox Church
4 Peter the Great and a European Empire
5 Russia’s Northern Window on Europe
6 Nobility, the Tsar, and the Peasant
7 The Authentic Russia: Popular Culture
8 Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment
9 Alexander Pushkin’s Russia
10 Alexander II, Nihilists, and Assassins
11 The Age of Realism in Russian Art
12 Russian Fin de Siècle and the Silver Age
13 Empire across Two Continents
14 The Rise and Fall of the Romanovs
15 Russian Radicals, War, and Revolution
16 The October 1917 Revolution
17 Lenin and the Soviet Cultural Invasion
18 The Roaring Twenties, Soviet Style
19 The Tyrant Is a Movie Buff: Stalinism
20 The Soviets’ Great Patriotic War
21 With Khrushchev, the Cultural Thaw
22 Soviet Byt: Shared Kitchen, Stove, and Bath
23 Intelligentsia, Dissidents, and Samizdat
24 Soviet Chaos and Russian Revenge

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