Hey all, we’re back again to tempt you into digging deeper into upcoming live online seminar proposals in our Not School and Citizen Forum. We have, as El Guapo would say, a plethora of options for you.
First up, we have a seminar on Michel de Montaigne’s “Of the Education of Children” and “Of Cannibals” on July 11th at 9pm EST. Dig into one of the early enlightenment’s most profound thinkers whose ideas are a direct descendant of Plato’s, but Montaigne takes those ideas into new and interesting directions within the backdrop of a quasi-modern Europe.
Next up, we have a proposal by John Arndt on the American historian and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman’s The Cave and the Light. This work explores the tension between the ideas of Aristotle and Plato and their impact on modern civilization.
But just when you thought we were getting to serious, we’ve got a curveball for you. There’s a proposal to explore the philosophical underpinning and consequences surrounding the board game Dungeons and Dragons. Specifically, how the game relates to J. David Belleman’s book How We Get Along. Belleman explores the concept of truth and artifice in our daily interactions. How do we interact with others and when we do do we remain true to some core idea of self? Or is that self malleable, and if so, how much? Also, what’s the difference between a Sorcerer and a Monk/Mystic and how many hit points would I score if I went up against a Level 4 Paladin and a Level 3 Druid Priest (I mean, I’m assuming they’re going to talk about that, I’ve never played the game).
Lastly, PEL has teamed up with Great Discourses, an online seminar series led by Adam Rose, University of Chicago instructor and Great Books lover par excellence. PEL citizens get 20% off by following the link in the Citizens Forum. Some upcoming seminars from Great Discourses include: Abbott’s Flatland and Wells’s The Time Machine; The Book of Job and the Invention of Faith; Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Homer’s Odyssey.
To participate, you simply have to become a PEL Citizen (meaning pay $5/month, $5 being a crazily low rate to pay for this kind of personal interaction and instruction, and of course, it also includes the full-length, ad-free versions of the entire PEL podcast back catalog). Read more about Not School.
If you have any questions you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at a seminar soon!