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The Philosophy Group meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified.
This discussion group is for people who wish to step back from their daily routines and take some time to examine the whys and hows in life. We will cast a wide net, from the Classics to the current politics, and participants will be invited to suggest authors and topics of interest.
For further questions, please feel free to write to group moderator Tom Filbin at 

2017–2018 Schedule

  • Sep. 14 (N.B. this is the second Thursday): Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
  • Oct. 19: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (Penguin edition preferred); read through Lecture X, finishing the Conversion
  • Nov. 16: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, second half
  • Dec. 14 (N.B. this is the second Thursday): Jules Evan, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations through ch.7, "Pythagoras and the Art of Memorization and Incantation​"
  • Jan. 11 (N.B. this is the second Thursday): Jules Evan, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations starting with ch. 8. "Skeptics and the Art of Cultivating Doubt" to the end
  • Feb. 15: Oliver Sacks, The River of Consciousness
  • Mar. 15: Carlin Romano, excerpts from America the Philosophical (pages 94–157, which cover Quine, Nozick, Dworkin, and others, plus pages 563–574 on Rawls). If you would like to read other chapters that deal with women, African-American, and gay philosophers, please read what would interest you and give others in the group a synopsis.​
  • Apr. 19: Thomas Pink, Free Will: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 20: reading TBD