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Theory and Philosophy Reading Group: Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus

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

Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Marx’s Critique of Hegel

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
7pm
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

Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Nietzsche’s Will to Power

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