So the reading group is back! And we decided we were feeling masochistic, so we’ve decided to start with Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus.
Theory and Philosophy Reading Group: Deleuze & Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus
Friday August 20th, 2021 – 7pm
Old Capitol Books, Downtown Monterey
“A Thousand Plateaus continues the work Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari began in Anti-Oedipus and has now become established as one of the classic studies of the development of critical theory in the late twentieth century. It occupies an important place at the center of the debate reassessing the works of Freud and Marx, advancing an approach that is neither Freudian nor Marxist but which learns from both to find an entirely new and radical path. It presents an attempt to pioneer a variety of social and psychological analyses free of the philosophical encumbrances criticized by postmodern writers. A Thousand Plateaus is an essential text for feminists, literary theorists, social scientists, philosophers, and others interested in the problems of contemporary Western culture.”Thousand Plateaus, back cover
This month, we’re lucky to have local philosopher Robert Kuhry facilitate our Theory & Philosophy Reading Group session on Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety. Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Søren Kierkegaard
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
Come join us at Old Capitol Books for a discussion of Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus, in which he uses the Greek myth of the tragic figure of Sisyphus as the backdrop for his musings on the absurdity of life.
One must imagine Sisyphus as happy.
Reading available for free here.
Free and open to everyone.
This month, the Theory & Philosophy Reading Group will look at the work of Renaissance Neoplatonic philosopher, Pico della Mirandola – his “Oration on the Dignity of Man.” Something beautiful and uplifting for the holiday season! Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Pico della Mirandola
For November’s Theory & Philosophy Reading Group, we’re going to return to Karl Marx – this time looking at this critique of Hegel.
Friday November 22
Free and open to everyone
From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
This work is home to Marx’s notorious remark that religion is the ‘opiate of the people’, a harmful, illusion-generating painkiller, and it is here that Marx sets out his account of religion in most detail. Just as importantly Marx here also considers the question of how revolution might be achieved in Germany, and sets out the role of the proletariat in bringing about the emancipation of society as a whole.
No prior knowledge of Marx or philosophy required to attend and participate in the discussion.
Reading available for free here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1843/critique-hpr/intro.htm
This month, we’re going to explore a question rather than the work of a single philosopher. We’ll be asking the question: Are machines conscious? Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Are Machines Conscious?
September 27th, 2019 at 7pm
Old Capitol Books
Ok, ok, so we’ve been getting together to read now for over four years and we’ve never read Nietzsche – and I’m not sure if that’s a GOOD thing or a BAD thing. But either way, we’re going for it! Anything is easy after Kant, right?! Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Nietzsche’s Will to Power
We’re returning to Achille Mbembe’s “Necropolitics” to discuss the political power over who is allowed to live and who must die. Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Achille Mbembe
The Theory and Philosophy Reading Group will knuckle down this summer and focus in on Kant’s ‘The Critique of Pure Reason,’ sometimes called the first Critique. Discussions will be facilitated by Robert Kuhry, are free, and open to everyone. Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Kant (four part series)
This month’s theory and philosophy reading group will look at the dialogue between Derrida and Habermas, published as Philosophy in a Time of Terror.
Friday 14 June
Copies available at Old Capitol Books.
Free and open to everyone.
More information coming soon.