Next Meetup

The Plato Conversations: Dialogues in LA
Hear from renowned artists Paul Chan, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Paul McCarthy, and Whitney McVeigh about their contributions to the exhibition Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists' Visions. In one-on-one dialogues with guest curator Donatien Grau, they discuss their engagement with Plato and the creative process behind their work. Reception and exhibition viewing follows. The presentation begins at 4pm. The Getty Villa reopens on April 18, after remodeling, so there will be new exhibits to see. Come well before the talk to enjoy the updates. Parking is $15. before 3pm and $10. after 3pm. I reserved 4 tickets, so note on your RSVP if you'd like one of these or order your own. Carpooling is encouraged, and can be arranged via the chat on this page.

Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway · Los Angeles, CA


What we're about

Public Group

We meet periodically to discuss topics and issues in philosophy. Normally our discussions focus on the announced topic; but occasionally we allow for an open, free flowing discussion. Our discussions are open to all levels of experience.

Other meetings are small reading groups which focus on specific philosophical works.

Much of philosophy deals with nagging questions, for example

Given the great success of science, what is the function of philosophy? Is there metaphysical truth? Is there a separate mental reality? What are the sources and limits of human knowledge? Does God exist? How do we explain evil? Which traditional religious beliefs are worth holding? Do we have reasons for believing that humans have a soul? Are computers capable of conscious thought? In the face of physical determinism, do persons have freedom of the will? Are there objective standards of right and wrong? How is morality related to law? Are social order and individual freedom compatible?

These and many other such questions do not have easy answers, if they have any answer at all.

We provide a forum for those interested in exploring the variety of "answers" which philosophers have offered, and also for those who wish to try their own "answers" to such questions. We welcome people from all backgrounds, philosophical and religious. But this is not a forum for those whose aim is to avow or preach the 'ultimate truth' of their religious faith or promote their latest version of "miracle" therapy. We ask that you engage in a dialogue of critical, rational philosophy, a search for clarity, meaning, and (possibly) a small piece of truth.

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