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Plato - Symposium

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Hi Friends,

This is an online meetup to read and Plato's complete works. We will read piece by piece until we finish, it will take about 1 year. Join the ones you want!

There are two ways for you to participate in this meetup:

  1. Audience Member - You did not do the reading this week? You just want to watch us talk about things? Then simply just join by pressing the link like normal. Your video and voice will be turned off and you can watch the Panelists.
  2. Panelist - If you have done this week's reading and are prepared to join and discuss, then please join via the same link. Once joined raise your hand in Zoom and I will promote you to be a panelist with me. As a panelist you'll be on voice and video and the audience can see you.

None of these are recorded it's just a private reading group.

I will be using this edition:
https://www.amazon.com/Plato-Complete-Works/dp/0872203492/

Generally, any edition will do. It can be found online in places for free, use your favorite search engine. I would recommend you buying the book linked above if you have the means.

This week we will read Symposium, for convenience I've linked it here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmU8_AwWQfea1-PkjcSrzVUx12f9qe_l/view?usp=sharing

We follow a mindful conversation approach, details on this along with a general FAQ on how we run the meetup can be found here.

For questions please send me a message or post to meetup.

Best Regards,
Ryan

The Will to Change by bell hooks, Chapters 9, 10 & 11

Royalton New York

Hi Friends,

This is a meetup for those who wish to read, then meet to discuss, The Will to Change, by bell hooks. All are welcome. Please simply read (or listen to) the assigned reading. You don't have to have read previous chapters to attend this weeks reading, just read or listen to the assigned chapter for this week!

From the jacket:
Everyone needs to love and be loved - even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are - whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

The edition I am reading from may be seen on amazon here in audiobook, kindle, paperback or hardcover, if you have the means I can recommend purchasing it:
https://www.amazon.com/The-Will-to-Change-Bell-Hooks-audiobook/dp/B082DMQTHW/

Or looks like there is a Youtube playlist for an audio version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZbdwM_zysw&list=PLfls6OzMkf8KiKdITG03EJt8VPfQGbL7J

This weeks reading is chapters 9, 10 & 11. I have linked a version of them below too.

Week 9 / Chapter 9: Healing Male Spirit
Week 10 / Chapter 10: Reclaiming Male Integrity
Week 11 / Chapter 11: Loving Men

We follow a mindful conversation approach, details on this along with a general FAQ on how we run the meetup can be found here.

For questions please send us a message or post to meetup.

Best Regards,
Ryan

Discussion on Georges Bataille's Visions of Excess: Pt 3 (session 2 - Nietzsche)

Hi all,

Let's read and discuss Georges Bataille's work, 'Visions of Excess'. This is a biweekly meetup to discuss this work and step through the entire book in 20-30 page increments. Bataille was a french philosopher, intellectual, and surrealist whose work was influenced from Nietzsche, Freud, and Hegel among others. One of his classic works, Visions of Excess challenges the notion of a “closed economy” predicated on utility, production, and rational consumption, and develops an alternative theory that takes into account the human tendency to lose, destroy, and waste.

The chapters are fairly short so each meetup will focus on discussing several chapters in a systematic fashion. All are welcome to join regardless of prior knowledge or if you've attended previous meetups in this series, just do the required reading and show up ready to discuss.

Reading:
We'll be using the University of Minnesota Press / Allan Stoekl translation with the red cover. Other translations or reading the French is ok too if you have that as well.

- Paperback: Available for $20 used here
- Online: You can access the full text online at archive.org

We'll aim for a mostly leisurely reading pace of 20-30 pages per meetup.
Please come to this meetup having read the below required reading / chapters from Part III:

  • Nietzsche and the Fascists (pg. [masked])
  • Propositions (pg. [masked])

About the Author:
Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (1897 – 1962) was a French philosopher and intellectual working in philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology, and history of art. His writing, which included essays, novels, and poetry, explored such subjects as eroticism, mysticism, surrealism, and transgression. His work would prove influential on subsequent schools of philosophy and social theory, including poststructuralism.

Read more at Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Bataille

Location:
We meet at the Whole Foods at 226 E 57th St. We'll be in the public seating area with chairs/tables on the 2nd floor. Look around the tables for the book to find us.

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Friendly reminder: If you haven’t read, don't come, this is not a live reading! Come to the meetup, having read the required reading above & ready to discuss (!)
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We follow a mindful conversation approach—details on this along with a general FAQ can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wioV8wS7596AuOwnmCARRlQ7I7LBWdRWwuJ3FKFHEes/edit?usp=sharing

For questions, please send us a message or post to Meetup.

See you there,
Miles

Plato - Phaedrus

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Hi Friends,

This is an online meetup to read and Plato's complete works. We will read piece by piece until we finish, it will take about 1 year. Join the ones you want!

There are two ways for you to participate in this meetup:

  1. Audience Member - You did not do the reading this week? You just want to watch us talk about things? Then simply just join by pressing the link like normal. Your video and voice will be turned off and you can watch the Panelists.
  2. Panelist - If you have done this week's reading and are prepared to join and discuss, then please join via the same link. Once joined raise your hand in Zoom and I will promote you to be a panelist with me. As a panelist you'll be on voice and video and the audience can see you.

None of these are recorded it's just a private reading group.

I will be using this edition:
https://www.amazon.com/Plato-Complete-Works/dp/0872203492/

Generally, any edition will do. It can be found online in places for free, use your favorite search engine. I would recommend you buying the book linked above if you have the means.

This week we will read Phaedrus, for convenience I've linked it here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/172iI-2GQMWlXEIx8MnXTDeXH9Bopzg4r/view?usp=sharing

We follow a mindful conversation approach, details on this along with a general FAQ on how we run the meetup can be found here.

For questions please send me a message or post to meetup.

Best Regards,
Ryan

Past events (369)

The Will to Change by bell hooks, Chapters 7 & 8

Royalton New York