It looks like two groups are carrying over September’s readings, and another two will be starting a new books. At least a couple groups are still deciding whether to continue, so if you want to read something in their vein you probably still have time to jump in and encourage them. We’ve also got a number of potential groups still in the proposal stage, so be sure to check the Citizens’ Forum if you are looking for something to get involved with this month. If you like the podcast but haven’t joined up, please consider doing so. You’ll get access to Not School and a hearty share of other bonus material.
Our longest running group, the Philosophical Fiction Group, will be starting afresh with Roberto Bolano’s novella Distant Star. A recorded Skype discussion will follow at the end of the month, and new members are welcome.
Another mainstay, the Philosophy and Theater Group, will be continuing to study Victor Turner’s From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play. A recorded discussion is planned for October 12, and anyone who can be familiar with the material by then is welcome to join in.
The group of folks making their way through Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time are continuing with that endeavor. I’m told they’re more than halfway through Div. 1 at this point and are still holding weekly meetings to discuss the book. Check out their page if you want to know more; and you can watch their initial discussions on YouTube without even signing up for a membership.
Finally, there’s a new group of people who will be reading Soren Kierkegaard’s essay “Fear and Trembling” (listen to PEL talk a bit about that here) and are also planning a live, recorded discussion to wrap up. See the proposal here for more info.
The other aforementioned proposals are for works by Akeel Bilgrami and Walter Ong, as well as to examine conservative thought and identity politics respectively. If any of that strikes your fancy, then go find their threads and help them get started, otherwise check back next month to see what’s new.
– Daniel Cole