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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

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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

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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

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Online Free Community Series

Eastern Classics

Thursday, August 20, 2020
5:30-6:30PM PDT

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. 

August 20 Reading:

Bhagavad Gita - Chapters 8 (verse 18) - Chapter 9

Schedule:

5:30-6:30PM PDT

Location: 

Online. Click Here.

Meeting ID: 810 4367 0999

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Online Seminar Series

Nietzsche - On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

Thursday, August 20, 
and Thursday, August 27, 2020
6:00-8:00PM PDT

“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.”

Tutors:

Roxana Zirakzadeh and Andy Gilman

Schedule:

6:00-8:00PM PDT, both evenings.

Location: 

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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Online Seminar Series

Stoicism - Part IV -The Enchiridion (Handbook) 
by Epictetus

Sunday, February 28, 2021

This series explores to varied aspects of Stoicism through the writings of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. How best to live life, in the best and worst of times...

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

 

Tutor

Kevin Walker

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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

Free Community Seminar Series
The Foundations of Our Republic

The Second and Fourth Mondays
Monday, January 13, 2020

5:30-6:30PM

Online Seminar

Free Community Seminar Series
The Foundations of Our Republic

Monday, April 20, 2020

5:30-6:30PM PST

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?

April 20 reading:

Federalist Papers 66 and 68

Location:

Online. Register to receive the link.

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Online Seminar

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”

Schedule:
12:00-2:00PM PST


Tutors:
Anika Prather and Paul O'Reilly

Please email the Agora Foundation if you would like to attend a second future offering of this event. 

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Online Seminar Series

Dialogues Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
by Galileo - Continued

Saturday, April 24, 2021

"To apply oneself to great inventions, starting from the smallest beginnings, is no task for ordinary minds; to divine that wonderful arts lie hid behind trivial and childish things is a conception for superhuman talents."

Reading: 

Aristotle - On the Heavens - Book Two, Chapter 14

Galileo: First Day, page 101 to Second Day - page 107, and 

Second Day - page 113, first full paragraph to page 182, middle of page

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Larry Shields

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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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

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Online Seminar Series

Stoicism - Part V - Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Books 1-6

Saturday, May 1, 2021

This series explores to varied aspects of Stoicism through the writings of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. How best to live life, in the best and worst of times...

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PST

 

Tutor

Kevin Walker

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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

Online Seminar

Series on Love - 
Nicomachean Ethics (Book 8 and 9 edited) by Aristotle

Saturday, July 18, 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.

Future Readings in the Series:

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

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM PDT

 

Tutor

Paul O'Reilly

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Online Seminar

Free Community Seminar Series

Eastern Classics
Next session Thursday, December 3, 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 December 3 reading is:
Bhagavad Gita - Chapter Eighteen

Click here to access the readings.

Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM PST

Location: 

Online. Click here. 

Meeting ID: 830 3917 1800

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Online Seminar Series

Ocean and Underworld -  
Selections from The Aeneid by Virgil

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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. 

January 30 reading:
Virgil, Aeneid - Books 3, 4, 5, 6

Future Readings in the Series:

Dante, Inferno (selections)

Cervantes, Don Quixote - The Cave of Montesinos
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 PST

 

Tutor

Elizabeth Reyes

Location

Online. Register to receive the link.