There is plenty of philosophy afoot in Not School this month. Our members are running a variety of groups, and some of the podcast fellows are running others. We have another post-episode discussion with Stephen West coming up, which is but one of the many perks that PEL Citizens receive. Membership options start at only $5 a month, and you can sign up right here.
First up, the post-episode discussion on episode 110 will take place over Google Hangout on 2/15 at 1pm Eastern time. As with the previous one on Jaspers, you don't have to have read a page of Whitehead's text. Just listen to the most Whitehead episode and come give the group (including Stephen West and Dylan Casey) your two cents. Check out the group for more details.
Mark Linsenmayer has started a group to read and discuss Karl Jaspers' Truth and Symbol. They'll finish up with a Google Hangout later this month. The book is only around eighty pages, and members can download it from the group's page. This is your chance to find out what Jaspers was actually talking about.
We have a new group beginning Charles Taylor’s A Secular Agethis month. They are mainly using the forum for discussion, and are picking topics as they go. Tangents are expressly welcome.
Another new group is set to read Paolo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. This group is an outgrowth of a forum discussion on "how knowledge is shared in an unequal society, especially focusing on the role schools have played in favoring some knowledge and suppressing others." These folks have had some really interesting conversation already, and they're looking for a few more members to fill their ranks. If that sounds interesting to you, see their proposal in the Citizens' Forum.
The Philosophical Fiction Group is still voting on their next endeavor, and so far the frontrunners appear to be books by Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov. Members can suggest readings for future months at any time, so if you like philosophical novels, this group is worth looking into.
Finally, our Philosophy and Theatre Group is watching a performance of Jerzy Grotowski's Akropolis (which is in French) and reading the corresponding section in The Grotowski Sourcebook, which can be found through their page. A Skype talk on this will take place on February 15th at 1.30pm CST. This group welcomes new members and suggestions about what to tackle next.
There were a few proposals this month that never made it off the ground, so be sure to check back frequently to see what's new. Enjoy your reading.
- Daniel Cole
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