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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Year-end Run Begins -- Another Suggestion

We will meet at the regular time this coming Friday (9:45 am), at the Eastside Branch (LPL), to discuss philosophy your way.

Here are a few prompts:
 -- what role do sports play in society (hint: you may wish to read up about the plot lines of

 -- which is your favorite sports-themed work of art?
 -- what is your philosophical take on last Saturday's UK/U of L barn-burner?
 -- Tell a story of a great vicarious thrill.
 -- Tell a story of a great catharthis.

A search of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for the term "sports."

Other suggestions, however, if you have reached a seasonal saturation of sports, are encouraged.

Friday, November 18, 2016

D. Boone Sez

I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.

-- Daniel Boone

Black Friday Hiatus

We will NOT have a meeting on Black Friday, November 25, 2016.

I'll see you on Friday, December 2 at 9:45 am at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

Historical Myopia

"The rhetoric of decline is wrong because it portrays a past that never was, a present that isn't and a future that probably won't be"  (Charles Wolf Jr.)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Working Assumption

Another 2000+ Libertarian Quotes

Hi Jim.  You mentioned you have a FB page with quotes.  Can you tell me how to find it or send a link?  I've been collecting quotes since the '70s, from all walks of life - famous people, the bible, family members, baseball players, others.  In fact, I used some of the quotes for the OLLI SIG session I led the first week you were out.

On Facebook, search for "Another 2000+ Libertarian Quotes"

I am a philosophical libertarian, a classical liberal in the tradition of John Locke, Adam Smith, and Thomas Jefferson.  I am apolitical -- a "small L" libertarian.

Some of the posters/members of the A2K+LQ page are political.  I take them with a grain of salt as long as they are posting something philosophical.

The link below takes you to Another 2000+ Libertarian Quotes
Jim Carigan to Another 2000+ Libertarian Quotes
11 hrs
Benjamin Franklin did a great many notable things for his country, and made her young name to be honored in many lands as the mother of such a son. It is not the idea of this memoir to ignore that or cover it up. No; the simple idea of it is to snub those pretentious maxims of his, which he worked up with a great show of originality out of truisms that had become wearisome platitudes as early as the dispersion from Babel.
-- Mark Twain

Last week, this week, topics

We had an excellent meeting last week.  We discussed whether laughter was the best medicine.  We also explored the idea that seemingly bad news on the health front is not necessarily the end of life, ohilosophy, and laughter.

Over the weeks, I have sent out suggestions for topics.  This week we will review those we may have skipped, and of course we will address any other topics you may bring with you.

Reminder -- meeting at Eastside Branch, Lexington Public Library on November 18, 2016.  The times are 9:45 to 11:45 am.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Confucian Philosophy

Another suggestion:

The influential Confucian philosopher you’ve never heard of | Aeon Essays



Meeting November 11, 2016


This will be our last change of venue for some time.

Place:  Good Foods Co-op, Southland Drive, Lexington
Time:   9am -- 11am

Call me at the number shown on the OLLI web page, if you need more detailed directions.

A member brings the following to our attention:
 -- Can there be anything good in the experience of illness? | Aeon Essays

Does that include being sick of politics?  Just kidding.

Please send along other ideas.

Best philosophical regards
Jim Carigan