What we're about

In this group, we read works by philosophers and discuss them. These days we're meeting about every three or four weeks. If you wish to attend, just read the selection and RSVP to let us know you're coming. While members are responsible for acquiring the texts themselves, we quite often find an online version of the text, the link to which will be listed in the event description or in the comments below it. Please inquire if you're having difficulty.

At present, we are reading We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour.

In past sessions, we've read:

Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (Spring-Summer 2021); On Violence by Hannah Arendt (Winter - Spring 2021); "What is it like to be a bat?" by Thomas Nagel (Winter 2021); "Absolutes and Particulars" by Sophie-Grace Chappell (Winter 2021); "Driven by Compression Progress" by Juergen Schmidhuber (Fall 2020); "Nostalgia for the Absolute" by G Steiner (Summer 2020); "The Fixation of Belief" by CS Peirce (Summer 2020); Emerson's "The Conservative" (Summer 2020); selections of Medieval philosophers, ed. Bosley and Tweedale (Spring 2020); Nietzsche's Beyond Good & Evil (Summer - Fall 2019); Heidegger's Being and Time (Fall 2018 - Summer 2019); Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind (Spring 2018); Joseph de Maistre's Considerations on France (Spring 2018); Lionel Trilling's Sincerity and Authenticity (Winter 2018); selected essays on ordinary language philosophy by Stanley Cavell and JL Austin (Fall 2017); Emerson's "Divinity School Address" (Summer 2017); Kierkegaard's The Present Age (Summer 2017); selections from The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton & James Madison (Summer 2017); the "Preface" and "Introduction" to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (Spring 2017); Plato's Parmenides (Winter 2017); essays in 20th century critical theory, anthologized by H. Adams (Summer - Fall 2016); Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Winter - Spring 2016); Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations (Summer - Fall 2015).

Take the time to read a selection and attend one of our meetings--it's a lively experience. Look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming events (1)

We Have Never Been Modern, §4&5

Central Park

At this meeting, we will be closing out our reading of We Have Never Been Modern by discussing §4-5, the final sections of the essay.

The essay is available online (John has posted a link to a PDF copy in the comments)

As a reminder, we are now returning to in-person sessions, and will be meeting at Central Park.

Looking forward to discussing. Cheers!

Past events (119)

We Have Never Been Modern, §3 (Revolution)

Central Park

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