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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.

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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.

Upcoming events (5+)

JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do?

Austin Recreation Center

Each week we will watch a lecture, then circle the chairs and discuss our reactions. We start viewing a lecture between 11:00 and 11:05, thus it is better to arrive at or before 11 am. The current lecture series: JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do? (by Michael Sandel, Harvard University) http://justiceharvard.org/justicecourse/ Walk-ins welcome!

The American Enlightenment

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

We'll be watching 2 lectures on Newton followed by discussion.

Tools of Thinking 22 Modern Logic—Predicate Arguments

La Madeleine - Sunset Valley

Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason Dr. James Hall https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/tools-of-thinking-understanding-the-world-through-experience-and-reason.html We will watch and discuss one lecture per meeting. The meeting limit is 12 people. Full lecture list for this course: 1 What Are “Tools of Thinking”? 2 Which Tools of Thinking Are Basic? 3 Platonic Intuition, Memory, and Reason 4 Intuition, Memory, and Reason—Problems 5 Sense Experience—A More Modern Take 6 Observation and Immediate Inferences 7 Further Immediate Inferences 8 Categorical Syllogisms 9 Ancient Logic in Modern Dress 10 Systematic Doubt and Rational Certainty 11 The Limits of Sense Experience 12 Inferences Demand Relevant Evidence 13 Proper Inferences Avoid Equivocation 14 Induction Is Slippery but Unavoidable 15 The Scientific Revolution 16 Hypotheses and Experiments—A First Look 17 How Empirical Is Modern Empiricism? 18 Hypotheses and Experiments—A Closer Look 19 “Normal Science” at Mid-Century 20 Modern Logic—Truth Tables 21 Modern Logic—Sentential Arguments 22 Modern Logic—Predicate Arguments 23 Postmodern and New-Age Problems 24 Rational Empiricism in the 21st Century


Austin Recreation Center

At the Plan 9 meetings, we're studying Schopenhauer's The World As Will And Representation. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into Schopenhauer's overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of Schopenhauer's philosophy. If this sort of thing interests you, you're definitely welcome to come on by!

Past events (1,762)

Philosophy of Humor 4 Truth and Humor

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