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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Agenda -- Meeting 1, Lifelong Philosophy

Here is the general form of the e-mail I sent out this week --

We will have our first meeting this Friday at the Central Branch of the Lexington Public Library in Conference Room C on the 4th floor.  We will start at 9:30am.

Parking -- There will be 2 hours free parking in the Park Place garage adjacent to the Library.  2 hours should be sufficient for this organizational meeting.  The garage is the second parking entrance in the Library's block of Main Street.  Bring your ticket into the Library's Lobby Information Desk for validation.  If you have any questions, please contact me or the Main OLLI office.

Our organizational agenda will be as follows:

  •  Welcome and Introductions
  •  How to find the web site, Lifelong Philosophy (
  •  Why Philosophy, and why Lifelong Philosophy?
  •  Group decisions on Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west; ...

  -- from Rudyard Kipling, "The Elephant's Child"

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Catalog Listing

Lifelong Philosophy:                                                                             No Course Fee
Facilitator: Jim Carigan, SIG will meet on a bi-weekly basis.  The first meeting will be Friday, January 29 from 9:30-12:00noon.  Limit 25.  We have had two courses (Spring and Fall of 2015) centered on Philosophy as a topic.  In both cases, members expressed a willingness to explore this topic on a less structured, more continuing basis.  The members seem to want to respond more quickly to group ideas about what we should discuss.  We might continue with two ideas that have worked well in the previous courses.  Rotating discussion leadership on special topics, and discussions based on a group common experience such as a movie, a book, a television episode/series, or specific historical events and characters.

Class ID: 1383
Course Fee: $0.00
Schedule Information:
Instructional MethodDatesClass DaysTimesLocationInstructor(s)
ClassRoom1/29/2016-5/27/2016Weekly - Fri9:30 AM - 12:00 PMLexington, Lexington Central Public Library  Map Jim Carigan 

A Partial List of Suggested Topics for Spring 2016

Lifelong Philosophy

Philosophy Goes to the Movies
Philosophy Goes to the Theater
Philosophy On Television
Philosophy Listens to Music
Philosophy Looks at Great Poetry
Philosophy and the Intellect
Is the Unexamined Life Worth Living?
Philosophy and Health
Philosophy and Comedy
Philosophy and Technology
Philosophy and Tragedy
Philosophy for the Body
Philosophy and Inspiration
Philosophy for the Mind
Who Are the Greatest Philosophers?
Philosophy for the Soul
Which Came First, Reason or Enlightenment?
The Great Ideas of Philosophy
Who Rules Philosophy?
Occidental and Oriental Philosophies
Philosophy and Logic – What is True or False?
Environmental Philosophy
History's Effect on Philosophy
Anthropological Philosophy
Effects of Given Historical Events on Philosophy
Sociological Philosophy
Philosophy and Travel
The Philosophy of Information and Communication
Philosophy and War
The Philosophy of Sports
Philosophy and Culture
Astrophysical and Cosmological Philosophy
Philosophy Looks at Great Fiction
Philosophy of the Sciences
Philosophy Looks at Great Non-fiction
Philosophy Has a Night at the Opera
Philosophy and Education
The Philosophy of Folk Music
The Philosophy of Maturity
The Philosophy of Jazz
The Philosophy of Family Life
Artistic Creativity as a Philosophy
Work and Career Philosophies
The Uses of Philosophy