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Friday, March 27, 2015

Upcoming Presentations

We will have programs presented by group members as follows:
  • Diana Rast and Seetha Subramanian -- April 10
    Science and Reality
  • Stuart Cooke -- April 17
    Nature of Man
  • Edwin Hackney -- April 24
Thank you to Neil Mize for his presentation on March 27
The Four Functions of Myth

Friday, March 6, 2015

First Meeting -- Flip Chart

Flip Chart from First Meeting
Some of our favorite philosophers, schools of philosophy, and philosophical ideas:


Arendt Bacon Bastiat Bergson Burke Camus Darwin de Beauvoir de Chardin Descartes Diderot Disney DuBois Franklin Freud Gandhi Gibran Goethe Hawking Hume Jesus Jung Kant Locke Luther Mencken Nietzsche Ockham Paine Pascal Plato Rabelaise Rorty Rousseau Russell Rutherford Saint Augustine Saint Francis of Assisi Sartre Smith Strauss Swift Thoreau Tolstoy Twain Voltaire Vonnegut  

Buddhism Empiricism Existentialism Stoicism Taoism

Slide from First Meeting

Graphic from First Meeting

NB -- there is a distinct shortage of other than white, European males in these lists.  I encourage you to bring in more company for the last three pictured above.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Second Meeting -- de Condillac

The Problem of Language

Second Meeting -- Donne

Individual or Society? 

Free Will or Determinate?

For whom the bell tolls, by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Second Meeting -- Scale

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