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Greek Philosophy

Free Community Seminar Series

The Second and Forth Wednesdays of each month
Next session is December 11, 2019

Why is Greek philosophy fundamental to the history of western civilization? This series, which includes readings from pre-socratic philosophers, leading up to Plato and Aristotle, will carefully work through the perennial questions these thinkers grappled with: What is knowledge? What is the best way to live a life? What is the best political system? What is the nature of the world? What is the nature of the divine?

The December 11 reading is -
Apology by Plato
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Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM

Location: 
Greater Goods
145 West El Roblar 
Ojai, California 93023

Free Community Seminar Series
Greek Philosophy

The Second and Fourth Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

12:00-1:00PM

Why is Greek philosophy fundamental to the history of western civilization? This series will carefully work through the perennial questions these thinkers grappled with: What is knowledge? What is the best way to live a life? What is the nature of the world? 

December 11 reading:

Apology by Plato

Location:

Greater Goods

145 West El Roblar in Ojai

Free Community Seminar Series
Eastern Classics

The First and Third Thursdays
Thursday, December 19, 2019

12:00-1:00PM

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.

December 19 reading:

Tao Te Ching Chapter 5

Location:

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai

Free Community Seminar Series
The Foundations of Our Republic

The Second and Fourth Mondays
Monday, January 13, 2020

5:30-6:30PM

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"? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

January 13 reading:

Federalist Paper 10 - Part II

Location:

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai

Eastern Classics

Free Community Seminar Series

The First and Third Thursdays of each month
Next session is December 19, 2019

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 December 19 reading is:
The Tao Te Ching - Chapter Five

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for all chapters
.

Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM

Location: 

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue

Ojai, California 93023

The Foundations of Our Republic, Take II

Free Community Seminar Series

The Second and Forth Mondays of each month
Next session is December 23

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 December 23 reading is -
the Federalist Paper 10
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Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30PM

 

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

 

Location: 

The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue

Ojai, California 93023