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Featuring Nathan Shaine Hanks, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded August 2, 2014.
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Five discussions which are only the beginning of a series that can be found on Stevie LeValley’s YouTube channel, largely recorded with him and Nathan Goldman. This first was recorded July 6, 2014 and covered the Introduction, Part I.
We’ve just released our recorded discussion on J. M. Coatzee’s novel. Join the group to talk about Kafka’s “The Trial” or pick a new reading for July.
Nearly a year prior to our coverage of the play, the theater group attempts to divulge its philosophical riches. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, Carlos Franke, Mark Linsenmayer, and Michael Rissman. Recorded June 29, 2014.
Featuring Nathan Shaine, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded June 27, 2014. The novel is about Mrs. Curren, who writes letters to her emigrated daughter about her own final years and the lives of friends caught in apartheid violence in South Africa.
Check out the Philosophical Fiction group.
Featuring Nathan Shaine, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded June 27, 2014.
The Philosophy and Theater group takes on the 1936 essay by famed playwright Bertold Brecht about his innovative “epic theater.” Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded May 4, 2014.
Featuring Nathan Shaine Hanks, Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny and Laura Davis. Recorded April 6, 2014.
A fantastically accomplished writer and philosopher, Umberto Eco tends to write pieces that are layered and accessible. The common thread is epistemological in nature; he has written everything from treatises on the theory of semiotics to an exploration of the patterns of thought of a game show host. Unflinchingly- perhaps even harshly- realistic, Umberto’s works nonetheless retains a poetic beauty that is Continue Reading …
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Stanley Martin, and Shira Coffee. Recorded March 8, 2014.
A supplement for Episode 88. What is the difference between an intention and a prediction? Between an intention and a command? Do Aristotelian practical syllogisms actually work according to modern logic?
This “novel in dramatic form” reads like a sort of twisted Socratic dialogue, with “Black” and “White” arguing about the relative merits of life and death. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded Feb. 1, 2014.
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Sean Webb, Stan Martin, and Yannick Kilberger. Recorded January 26, 2014.
One of the seminal texts of existentialism, but very slow and hard to get through as an actual book. While ordinarily we see objects as meaningful as things with history and often purpose, we can set that aside and see them instead as brute and meaningless. We can’t handle that, aren’t meant to handle that, and so instead of this being a machine-like, unemotional way of experiencing things, it is (for Roquentin) intolerably icky.
The Philosophy and Theater group’s first discussion, covering this wacky play about a guy who blinds horses. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherney, Jesse Reeves, and Theo Monk. Recorded Jan 4, 2014.
The Intro Reading Group for January is getting started in Not School, and we’re looking for a couple or a few more takers. Hillary Szydlowski, the historical leader and organizer of the Intro group, is taking a much deserved break, and I’m excited to fill in as we’re reading Harry Frankfurt’s essay “On Bullshit” – and Gerald Cohen’s response “Deeper Continue Reading …
Featuring Dylan Casey, Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Paul Harris. Recorded December 15, 2013.
Featuring Andy Langley and Glen Stratton. Recorded November 16, 2013.
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Khari Robertson, Philip Cherny, Matt Cole, and Steve Robinson. Recorded October 22, 2013.
Zizek gives a Marxist analysis of the events of 2011 using Lacanian language: Capital is the “real” behind all of these various conflicts that seem to be between individual groups. Capitalism is never itself confronted as a system, but serves as the underlying force and the principle by which this force itself is made invisible to us.
Excerpts of discussions about Frithjof Bergmann’s New Work, New Culture, Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, and Martin Heidegger’s “Letter on Humanism.”
Featuring Evan Gould, Steve Lindsay, and Michael Burgess. About “embodied cognition,” which rejects the folk understanding of rationality as disembodied. Recorded 8/2/13.