For this meeting Howard Leznoff will do a presentation on the Social Construction of Reality. Here's a bit more on what you can expect in Howard's own words:
“Get Real! That’s the way the world works. That’s just the way it is.”
It’s obvious –on even momentary reflection-- that we move daily through a human-constructed world. Whether it’s in our workplaces or schools, kitchens, local parks, grocery stores, on roadways, online --even on remote hiking trails, at scenic look-outs or in campsites-- we can easily recognize our world as one that humans have constructed. This -- perhaps less obviously however-- includes not just the physical environments but also the cultural and “mental spaces” we inhabit .
In The Social Construction of Reality Thomas Berber and Peter Luckmann, explore the processes by which human-constructed worlds take on meaning and the character of “objective” realities, realities that appear more fixed, “massive” and “coercive” than they actually are.
In short, the writers examine how the “realities” that govern or circumscribe our lives and understandings are really more contingent and perhaps arbitrary than we might first imagine.
The next online Zoom meeting will be held on May 26 between 7 - 8:30 pm. For this meeting Vassili Kolomatski will present the ideas of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Given the nature of Nietzsche's ideas this promises to be a provocative and interesting presentation. To get you up and running on Nietzsche here's a lighthearted and short video from YouTube:
I hope that you're all keeping safe and healthy during this difficult time.
Despite the fact that we cannot currently use he library for our philosophy meetings the Aurora Philosophy Club steering committee has decided to go digital and hold the meeting scheduled for April 28 at 7pm, using Zoom. This is the first time we've tried this so we're hoping for the best.
For our first online meeting Ronen will be doing a presentation on the Right to Repair, an issue that has moral, economic, and epistemological repercussions. Ronen will do a 20 minute presentation followed by questions and discussion.
In order to join the Zoom meeting you'll need to use the following information:
Topic: "The Right to Repair”
Time: Apr 28, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This is a reminder that the next Aurora Philosophy Club meeting will be held on Tuesday February 25 in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
Our presentation this month is by Sherman Balogh who will discuss the ideas of Bernard Lonergan as presented in Lonergan's book Insight. Lonergan's goal in the book is to establish a theory of knowledge and subsequently enable people, who read his book, to develop their own metaphysical system. This book does not provide a metaphysical system but instead it offers a series of exercises whereby the reader will eventually be able to think metaphysically. You might say that this book is a self-help book for aspiring philosophers/intellectuals who want to think metaphysically.
Just a quick reminder that we're going to be having a meeting this coming Tuesday (December 17, 2019) between 7-9 pm in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
The plan for this meeting is to have an open dialogue, with various philosophical issues and topics put on the table for us to discuss. If you have a particular philosophical question that's always piqued your interest bring it along to add to the conversation.
Just a quick reminder that the next Aurora Philosophy Club meeting will be held on November 26 between 7-9 pm in the Multi-Use-Room (which is on the second floor) of the Aurora Public Library.
At the upcoming meeting we are honored to have Dr. Brenda Spotton, a professor of economics at York University, come speak to the club on the topic of Silence, Absence, and Marginalization in Social Theorising. We hope you can join us on what promises to be a fascinating discussion.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 26th of November.