Events

We typically meet at 11:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, but please check the events list below for the latest time and location information.

 


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  Next meeting and readings
  Current theme (PDF)
  Prior themes
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 ★ OUR NEXT MEETING  
 
  When:   Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11:00 a.m.
  Where:   Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 [ map link ]
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 22:
“Spanish and Latin American Metaphysics”
Selections from:
– Peter of Spain: Tractatus
– José Ortega Y Gasset: The Modern Theme
– Jorge Luis Borges: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
  Readings:   We will focus on these readings (PDF).
  Meetup:   The best way to stay informed about our events and connect with other participants is via Meetup.
(1) First, create your account on Meetup.com (it’s free).
(2) Then connect to (i.e., “join”) our Meetup group page. (Look for the red “Join this group” button.)
  Notes:   You can bring your own (non-alcoholic) drink. Please see our Covid policy.
     

More Upcoming Meetings
 
  When:   Saturday, July 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m.
  Where:   Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 [ map link ]
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies: TBD
  Readings:   Reading list: TBD.
  Meetup:   Fyi, here is our Meetup group page.
     
  When:   Saturday, August 10, 2024, 11:00 a.m.
  Where:   Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 [ map link ]
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies: TBD
  Readings:   Reading list: TBD.
  Meetup:   Fyi, here is our Meetup group page.
     

 


THEMES
 
  Our current proposed theme(s)
    (1)   Primary theme: history of philosophy & world philosophies
      Over the course of the year, we will read texts across the history of world philosophies, from ancient Greece, India and China onward to the present day. Obviously, we won’t be able to cover the entire history of philosophy comprehensively, but we hope to explore many of the highlights. We will also seek out readings that reflect more diversity, in terms of geography, cultural traditions and gender, than is traditionally included in Western surveys.
      Here’s a link to an outline of this current theme (PDF).
    (2)   Secondary theme?
      Some meetings may also allow time for a secondary theme, which will be determined by the group in advance. In some cases, the readings for the secondary theme might overlap or coincide with the readings for the primary theme (which would be convenient!).
      If we find that juggling two themes is too difficult to manage, we might stick to single-theme meetings.

 


  Prior theme(s)
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PRIOR MEETINGS
  When:   Saturday, April 9, 2022
  Topics:   (a) Intro to Philosophy Cafe, and (b) “What is philosophy?”
     
  When:   Saturday, May 14, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
The Pre-Socratics
     
  When:   Saturday, June 11, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Socrates and Plato
     
  When:   Saturday, July 9, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Ethics Traditions of India
     
  When:   Saturday, August 13, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Chinese Ethics Traditions
     
  When:   Saturday, September 10, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Ancient Greek Ethics
– Socrates
– Plato
– Aristotle
     
  When:   Saturday, October 8, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Medieval Christian, Jewish and Islamic Ethics – Part I
– The Talmud
– Augustine
– Al-Farabi
– Maimonides
     
  When:   Saturday, November 12, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Medieval Christian, Jewish and Islamic Ethics – Part II
– Aquinas
– St. Catherine of Siena
– Christine de Pizan
– St. Teresa of Avila
     
  When:   Saturday, December 10, 2022
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Ethics in Modern Philosophy
– Princess Elizabeth
– Hume
– Kant
– Madame de Stael
     
  When:   Saturday, January 14, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Ethics in African Traditions
– Ethiopian Enlightenment: Zera Yacob
– Communitarian Utilitarianism of the Akan: Kwame Gyekye
– East African Islamic Ethics: Kai Kresse
     
  When:   Saturday, February 11, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Philosophy of Mind and Self — Self in Indian Philosophy
– The Upanishads
– Hinduism (Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga)
– Indian Buddhism (No-Self, Bundle Self, and Impermanence)
     
  When:   Saturday, March 11, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
The Self in Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism
– Xuanzang: Doctrine of Consciousness-Only;
– Tibetan Buddhism: Self as Transcendent;
– Zen Buddhism: Self as Empty.
     
  When:   Saturday, April 8, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Ancient Greek Philosophy of Mind
– Plato: The Eternal, Tripartite Soul. Selections from Phaedo and Phaedrus;
– Aristotle on the Self and Human Function. Selections from De Anima.
     
  When:   Saturday, May 13, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Mind and Body in Early Modern Philosophy
– Descartes’ Dualism of Mind and Body. Selections from Meditations on First Philosophy;
– Princess Elizabeth’s Critique of Descartes’ Dualism. Selections from Letters;
– Locke on Criteria of Personal Identity. Selections from Essay Concerning Human Understanding;
– Hume: The Constructed Self. Selections from Treatise of Human Nature.
     
  When:   Saturday, June 10, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
African Philosophy of Mind
– Amo’s Critique of Descartes. Selections from The Apatheia of the Human Mind;
– The Akan Conception of Mind and Self. Selections from Kwasi Wiredu, The Concept of Mind;
– N. K. Dzobo. Selections from The Image of Man in Africa;
– African Perspectives on Personal Identity. Selections from Leke Adeofe, Personal Identity in African Metaphysics.
     
  When:   Saturday, July 8, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Epistemology: Indian Theories of Knowledge
– From the Nyaya Sutra, and Commentary by Vatsyayana;
– Nagarjuna’s Skeptical Regress, from Averting the Arguments;
– Gangesha, from The Jewel of Thought about Epistemology.
     
  When:   Saturday, August 12, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Epistemology: Chinese Theories of Knowledge
– Daoist Skepticism: from the Zhuangzi;
– Empiricism of Wang Chong: from Balanced Enquiries.
     
  When:   Saturday, September 9, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Epistemology: Ancient Greek Theories of Knowledge
– Plato’s Internalism: from “Meno” and “Theaetetus”
– Aristotle on Thought and Inference: from “On the Soul”
– [ OPTIONAL bonus reading: Sextus Empiricus’s Skepticism: from “Outlines of Pyrrhonism”  ]
     
  When:   Saturday, October 14, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Epistemology: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Theories of Knowledge
– Philo of Alexandria: from “On Drunkenness”
– Augustine: from “Answer to Skeptics” and “The City of God”
– Avicenna (Ibn Sina): from “A Treatise on Logic,” “The Book of Healing,” and “On the Soul”
     
  When:   Saturday, November 11, 2023
  Topics:   History of Philosophy / World Philosophies
Epistemology: Modern Theories of Knowledge
– Descartes’ Foundationalism: from “Meditations on First Philosophy”
– Locke’s Empiricism: from “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”
– Leibniz’s Rationalism: from “New Essays Concerning Human Understanding”
– Hume’s Empiricism: from “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding”
     
  When:   Saturday, December 9, 2023
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Epistemology ]
World Philosophies, ch. 17:
“Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Theories of Knowledge”
Selections from:
– Francisco Sanches’s Skepticism: That Nothing Is Known
– Miguel de Unamuno’s Contextualism: The Tragic Sense of Life
     
  When:   Saturday, January 13, 2024
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 18:
“Classical Indian Metaphysics”
Selections from:
– Classical Indian Realist Ontology: Kanada – Vaisheshika Sutras
– Hindu Idealism: Shankara – Brahmasutra Commentary
– Buddhist Realism: Dignaga – Investigation of the Object of Awareness
– Jainist Perspectivism: Vadi Devasuri – Ornament Illuminating the Means and Principles of Awareness
     
  When:   Saturday, February 10, 2024
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 19:
“Ancient Greek Metaphysics”
Selections from:
– Plato – Republic
– Aristotle – Categories
– Aristotle – Metaphysics
– Aristotle – Physics
     
  When:   Saturday, March 9, 2024, 11:00 a.m. (note the new time)
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 20:
“Metaphysics in Early Modern Philosophy”
Selections from:
– Rene Descartes – Meditations on First Philosophy
– John Locke – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
– George Berkeley – Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
– George Berkeley – Principles of Human Knowledge
– David Hume – A Treatise of Human Nature
     
  When:   Saturday, April 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m. (note the new time)
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 21 (Part 1, pp. 476-491):
“Metaphysics in Kant and Post-Kantian Philosophy (Part 1)”
Selections from:
– Immanuel Kant – Critique of Pure Reason
– G.W.F. Hegel – Phenomenology of Mind
– [ stop at p. 491 ]
     
  When:   Saturday, May 11, 2024, 11:00 a.m.
  Topics:   [ Theme: History of Philosophy > Metaphysics ]
World Philosophies, ch. 21 (Part 2, pp. 491-506):
“Metaphysics in Kant and Post-Kantian Philosophy (Part 2)”
Selections from:
– Charles Sanders Peirce: How to Make Our Ideas Clear
– Friedrich Nietzsche: Human, All Too Human and The Cheerful Science
– Bertrand Russell: Problems of Philosophy
     

 

 

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