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Online Seminar

Free Community Seminar Series

The Foundations of Our Republic, Take II

Monday, August 24, 2020

What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the "consent of the governed"? Depending on how one addresses the previous question: Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? How should one read the founding documents? What authority does the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches have? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

The August 24 reading is -
The Constitution, Article 2,
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Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30PM PDT

 

Readings
Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, selected Federalist Papers, selected Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, selections from Democracy in American, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), selected Lincoln speeches, Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View (edited), Brown v. Board of Education, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Proposed Equal Rights Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights

 

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Meeting ID: 873 2597 3122

Online Seminar

Series On Marcel Proust - Swann's Way  - Part IV -
Swann in Love, pp. 195-260

Saturday, August 15, 2020 

“I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinancy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky."

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Patricia Locke

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar

Free Community Seminar Series

Eastern Classics
Next session Thursday, August 20, 2020

Like the west, the east has its own tradition of influential texts that address the perennial questions of human kind. Centering around the bodies of work from China, Japan, and India, this series will focus on the texts of Taoism, Confucius, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We invite you to join us. 

The August 20 reading is:
Bhagavad Gita - Chapters Eight (Verse 18) and Nine

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Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM PDT

Location: 

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Meeting ID: 810 4367 0999

Online Seminar

Series On Nietzsche - On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

Thursday, August 20 and Thursday, August 27

“The power of gradually losing all feeling of strangeness or astonishment, and finally being pleased at anything, is called the historical sense or historical culture.”

Schedule:

6:00-8:00PM PDT

 

Tutors

Roxana Zirakzadeh and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar

Shame - 1968 Film Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Saturday, August 22, 2020 

Shame is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Seminar participants view the film prior to the seminar.

​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:
Peter Rainer

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar Series

Athens and Jerusalem - Reason and Revelation - Part IV

Sunday, August 23, 2020 

We invite you to this six-part series, exploring all three Jerusalem faith traditions from the Socratic philosophical perspective focusing on the questions: What does it mean to be good at being human... To live the best human life?


​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

 

August 23 Reading:

Maimonides - Guide for the Perplexed - Creation and the Eternity of the Universe

 

Readings in the Series:

Genesis 1-3 and Leo Strauss - On the Interpretation of Genesis 
Plato, Euthyphro
Papal Encyclical Fides et Ratio and Thomas Aquinas on natural law

Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, Creation and the Eternity of the Universe

Al Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers - Discussion 3 and Averroes, Decisive Treatise;
Leo Strauss, Mutual Influence of Theology and Philosophy

Tutors:
Karl Haigler and Dennis Gura

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar Series

Love - Selections from Thomas Aquinas - Part III

Saturday, August 29, 2020 

Othello said about himself that he “loved not wisely but too well.” It seems that one can love things too much, but can one really love someone too much? Does the answer to that question depend on what is meant by love? Perhaps more fundamentally: are there different kinds of love? This series will devote itself to a discussion of the mystery and majesty of love.

​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

 

Readings in the Series:

Plato, Symposium

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Bk. 8 and 9 edited)

Aquinas, Selections

Augustine, Sermon on Love
Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature
Ibsen, A Doll’s House
Shakespeare, Othello
Sigrid Unset, Gunnar’s Daughter
Flannery O’Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First
C.S. Lewis, Four Loves

Tutor:
Paul O'Reilly

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar

Waiting for God (Essays) - Simone Weil

Sunday, August 30, 2020 

Simone Weil philosophized on thresholds and across borders. Her persistent desire for truth and justice led her to both elite academies and factory floors, political praxis and spiritual solitude. At different times she was an activist, a pacifist, a militant, a mystic, and an exile; but throughout, in her inquiry into reality and orientation to the good, she remained a philosopher.

​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:
Elizabeth Reyes

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar Series

Thucydides - The Peloponnesian War - Book Four

Saturday, September 5, 2020 

Is there an art to writing and reading history? Is a detached view of historical events desirable, or even possible? What does this conflict (431-404 BC) in particular have to teach us. This series will cover all eight books over time, with one two-hour online seminar per book.

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

David Appleby

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar Series

Michel de Montaigne, Part III

Sunday, September 6, 2020 

Montaigne is widely appreciated both for his literary innovations as well as for his contributions to philosophy.  As a writer, he is credited with having developed a new form of literary expression, the essay. As a philosopher, he is best known for his skepticism, which profoundly influenced major figures in philosophy such as Descartes and Pascal. Join us as we explore one of the most important figures of the French Renaissance.

September 6th Reading:

Of Experience

Future Readings in the Series:

Apology for Raymond Sebond, Raymond Sebond, To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die, On Schoolmaster’s Learning, On Practice, On the Armor of the Parthians, On Cato the Younger, On Democritus and Heraclitus, On the Vanity of words, On Books, On the Power of the Imagination, 

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Walter Sterling

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar Series

Oceans and Underworld, Part III
Aristophanes - The Frogs

Saturday, September 12, 2020 

What mysteries are hidden underwater and deep in the underworld? Will one who explores these realms discover ancestors, gods, monsters,... or even oneself? This series will consider the ocean and the underworld as depicted in these classic literary texts.

Future Readings in the Series:
Lucian, A True Story
Virgil, Aeneid - Books 3, 4, 5, 6
Cervantes, Don Quixote - The Cave of Montesinos
Dante, Inferno (selections)
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Melville, Moby Dick (selections)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Elizabeth Reyes

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar Series

Athens and Jerusalem - Reason and Revelation - Part V

Sunday, September 13, 2020 

We invite you to this six-part series, exploring all three Jerusalem faith traditions from the Socratic philosophical perspective focusing on the questions: What does it mean to be good at being human... To live the best human life?


​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

September 13 Reading:

Al Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers - Discussion 3 and Averroes, Decisive Treatise;

 

Readings in the Series:

Genesis 1-3 and Leo Strauss - On the Interpretation of Genesis 
Plato, Euthyphro
Papal Encyclical Fides et Ratio and Thomas Aquinas on natural law

Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, Creation and the Eternity of the Universe

Al Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers - Discussion 3 and Averroes, Decisive Treatise;
Leo Strauss, Mutual Influence of Theology and Philosophy

Tutors:
Karl Haigler and Kevin Walker

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar

Seneca - On Anger, Book 3

Saturday, September 19, 2020 

"Mankind is born for mutual assistance, anger for mutual ruin: the former loves society, the latter estrangement. The one loves to do good, the other to do harm ; the one to help even strangers, the other to attack even its dearest friends."


​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutor:
Kevin Walker

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar Series

Anguish and the Absurd - Part IV
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Text and Film

Saturday, September 26, 2020 

This series will explore the troubling world of the absurd through the writings of Kafka, Gogol, Camus, Sartre, Borges, Beckett, and others.


​Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST

Tutors:
Paul Herder and Andy Gilman

 

Film:

Click here to view the play. Click here to view another version of the play. Please view one or both performances prior to the seminar. 

Location:
Online. Register to receive the link.

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