Here are the Not School group activities for the month of November for PEL Citizens.
Intro Readings in Philosophy: Finally! We have a Nietzsche discussion in Not School. They will be reading the On the Genealogy of Morals. Join up and reduce to sour grapes all of your precious finger wagging. See Hillary Szydlowski’s plug here.
Philosophy of Mind: We are beginning our second month of Being No One by Thomas Metzinger. This is a pretty difficult but fascinating book (to me anyway). It is an attempt to naturalize consciousness, the phenomenal self, and the first-person perspective. As stated on the first page, its thesis is that selves do not exist, only self-models. It’s extremely detailed and thankfully lacks the overt hand-waving that is so common in Philosophy of Mind. Our goal is to locate the hidden hand-waving that is sure to operate at some level in there. And if not found: To BELIEVE.
As an added bonus, to have read and understood this book would be great preparation for this.
Philosophical Fiction will be reading Beckett’s Waiting for Godot during November. You have a fantastic option to cheat with this reading, as there is an awesome recorded version of this play on YouTube. I watched the first Act recently, and it is quite powerful. Kind of a downer, so if you can dance, dance! But if you can’t… Think!
There are some other groups from previous months that are still continuing discussion as well. If you’re interested in getting involved with learning and discussing these or other topics, consider becoming a PEL Citizen now.