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Hello, we are a group of reading and discussion enthusiasts. We run small casual read-togethers of several Great Books. Our discord server is here

Below is a non-exhaustive list of our reading groups:

Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil: Orgazined by Andrew, a New Yorker who majors in biochemistry and German Literature. Andrew works as a lab technician and German tutor. This group meets on Discord's voice chat on Fridays at 15.00 GMT.

Stirner's The Unique and its Property: Organized by Timothy, who has a background in Hegelian philosophy. The group reads four pages together every session. Currently, they are in §1.3. "The Free". This group meets on Discord's voice chat at 20.30 GMT on Wednesdays.

Marcus Aurelius's The Meditations: Organized by Luciano, a senior software engineer. Luciano is Dutch but currently lives on the Greek island of Lesbos. Luciano previously hosted the group on Epictetus's Enchiridion. This group currently is in Book IV. This group meets on Sundays at 17.00 GMT on Zoom.

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Organized by Humphrey, a philosophy student at Newcastle University. Humphrey also runs his own IRL book club. This group currently is in Book III.

Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling: Organized by "Leno" a grad student of engineering. He previously hosted the group on Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus. This group is currently on page 21 of the Princeton translation. This group meets on Zoom on Saturdays at 16.00 GMT.

Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching: Organized by Alex, a History major, specialized in Early Christianity. This group currently is in Chapter 34 of the Red Pine translation. Alex also organizes a group on Chinese poetry. This group meets on Saturday very early in the morning (1 am GMT) on Discord's voice chat.

B. Russell's The Problems of Philosophy: Organized by Ezra, a mathematics student in his early 20s. This group's first meeting is this Saturday at 20.00 GMT.

Koch's The Feeling of Life Itself: Organized by "Nottola" a software engineer. "Nottola" is from Spain but currently lives in Rome. This group meets on Google Meet on Mondays at 19.30 GMT.

I also organize three groups (Ontology, Meaning of Life, and Plato's Republic). All of them are on Zoom (Thursday 20.00 GMT, Saturday 16.00 GMT, and Sunday 20.30 GMT respectively), on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2018595025. I studied history in the UK (MPhil Cantab, DPhil Oxon) and I can read Attic.

Apart from philosophy, we also monthly discuss non-fiction books (past books include 1984, Notes from the Underground, Brave New World, The Trial by Kafka et al).

We also have a film club, we watch an art movie together every Friday at 20.00 GMT. Past movies include: Battleship Potemkin, Arsenal by Dovzhenko, Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Cranes are Flying.

All welcome!

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Hello again, here's this week's schedule (21-27 February) 

MONDAY
• 6.00 am GMT "Peter Singer on Global Suffering" with Yorgo
• 19:30 GMT - Philosophy of Mind with Nottola

WEDNESDAY
• 20.30 GMT- Stirner with Timothy

THURSDAY
• 20:00 GMT - Ontology with Yorgo: Plotinus

FRIDAY
• 15:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew Beyond Good and Evil
• 20:00 GMT - Film group: Ivan the Terrible (part II)
• Midnight of Friday to Saturday (1 am GMT) - Taoism with Alex 

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Plato reading: The Republic, Book X
• 16:00 GMT - Existentialism reading: Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey Nicomachean Ethics
• 20:00 GMT - Problems of Philosophy with Ezra

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano reading: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 20:30 GMT -Meaning of Life reading: TBD

 

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Hello, this is our schedule for the 1st week of January (28 February - 6 January) - link at the top post

MONDAY
• 19:30 GMT - Philosophy of Mind (pls confirm with Nottola first)

WEDNESDAY
• 20.30 GMT- Stirner with Timothy, The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 20:00 GMT - Ontology with Yorgo: Plotinus on The Immortality of the Soul

FRIDAY
• 15:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew: Beyond Good and Evil
• 20:00 GMT - Google Cinema with Yorgo: Ivan's Childhood (USSR, 1962)
• Midnight of Friday to Saturday (1 am GMT)
• Taoism (pls confirm with @Taolex first)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Plato's Republic, Book X
• 16:00 GMT - Existentialism Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey: Nicomachean Ethics
• 20:00 GMT -  Russell's Problems of Philosophy with Ezra

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 20:30 GMT -Meaning of Life with Mauricio: Wittgenstein's Tractatus

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Hello again, this is the schedule for the 2nd week of March (7 March - 13 March)

MONDAY

• 19.30- Philosophy of Mind (pls confirm with Nottola first)

WEDNESDAY

• 20.30 GMT- Stirner with Timothy, The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY

• 20:00 GMT - Metaphysics with Yorgo: Secondary Literature on Augustine

FRIDAY

• 15:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew, Beyond Good and Evil
• 20:00 GMT - Google Cinema with Yorgo, Ivan's Childhood (USSR, 1962).
(Last Friday's meeting had to be cancelled, so we repeat with the same movie)

SATURDAY

• 14:00 GMT - Plato Plato's Republic, Book X (last meeting!)
• 16:00 GMT - Existentialism Kierkegaard's, Fear and Trembling
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey, Nicomachean Ethics
• 20:00 GMT - Russell's Problems of Philosophy with Ezra (pls confirm with Ezra first)

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano, The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 20:30 GMT -Meaning of Life with Luciano and Yorgo: Seneca "Life Guided by Stoic Philosophy" (from Cottingham's anthology)

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Reading Groups for the 3rd week of March (14 March - 20 March)
WEDNESDAY
• 18.00 GMT - Solaris Part I
• 20.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy The Unique and Its Property
THURSDAY
• 20:00 GMT - Metaphysics with Yorgo Augustine (excerpts from his works)
FRIDAY
• 15:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew Beyond Good and Evil SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Plato TBD
• 16:00 GMT - Existentialism Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey Nicomachean Ethics
• 20:00 GMT - Problems of Philosophy with Ezra 
SUNDAY • 17:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 20:30 GMT -Meaning of Life with Sergio: Orthodoxy by Chesterton

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Reading Groups for the 4th week of March (21 March - 27 March)
WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT - Stirner with Timothy The Unique and Its Property
THURSDAY
• 20:00 GMT - Metaphysics with Yorgo Gregory of Nyssa (To those who have slept)
FRIDAY
• 15:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew (confirm the hour with Andrew pls) Beyond Good and Evil
• 18:00 GMT - Solaris by Tarkovsky (Part II)
SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Plato's 7th Letter
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey Nicomachean Ethics Book VI
• 20:00 GMT - Problems of Philosophy with Ezra (pls confirm with Ezra first) Russell's Problems of Philosophy (last meeting of this group)
SUNDAY
• 17:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 20:30 GMT -Meaning of Life with Sergio Plato's Phaedo with Ezra

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Reading Groups for the last week of March (28 March - 3 April)

WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT - Metaphysics with Yorgo
The Carolingian Renaissance and Eriugena (from Copleston)

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew Beyond Good and Evil
• 17:00 GMT - Film: Spoorloos (Netherlands, 1988)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Platonism: Julian's Hymn to Helios and Beard Hater
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Humphrey Nicomachean Ethics Book VI

SUNDAY
• 17:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• TBD - History of Science

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Reading Groups for the second week of April (4- 10 April)

WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT - Metaphysics Extract from Eriugena + the problem of universals from Copleston's book

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew Beyond Good and Evil
• 19:00 GMT - Film: The Fate of a Man (USSR, 1959)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Platonism: Continuation of our convo on Julian (PM me for precise info on the readings)
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Constantine Nicomachean Ethics Book VI

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 18:00 - History of Science (Reading TBD)

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Reading Groups for the third week of April (11 - 17 April)

WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy: The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT - William of Ockham 

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew: Beyond Good and Evil
• 19:00 GMT - Film: The Wind Rises (Japan, 2013)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Iamblichus,The life of Pythagoras 
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics (6.8-6.11)

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 18:00 GMT - Charles D. Lindberg,The Beginnings of Western Science
 
The link to the server can be found in the very first post.
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Reading Groups for the fourth week of April (18 - 24 April)

WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy: The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT - William of Ockham on the problem of Universals (part II)

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew: CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK 
• 19:00 GMT - Film: The Passion of Joan of Arc (France, 1928)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Iamblichus (text TBD)
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics 

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 18:00 GMT - Charles D. Lindberg,The Beginnings of Western Science. We discuss the chapter on Aristotle.
 
The link to the server can be found in the very first post.
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Reading Groups for the 1st week of May (2 - 8 May)

WEDNESDAY
• 19.00 GMT- Stirner with Timothy: The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT - The Ontological Argument: We'll look at the original text and Gaunilo's reply

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Nietzsche with Andrew
• 19:00 GMT - Film: 8 1/2 (Italy, 1963)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT - Timaeus 
• 18:00 GMT - Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics 

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT - Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Two new groups will start in May: Hobbes's Leviathan and Feminism.
 
The link to the server can be found on the first paragraph of  the very first post.
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Reading Groups for the 2nd week of May (9 - 15 May)

WEDNESDAY
• 15.00 GMT  Hobbes's Leviathan: First meeting of the group
• 19.00 GMT  Stirner with Timothy: The Unique and Its Property

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT  Islamic Philosophy
FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Nietzsche with Andrew
• 19:00 GMT  Film: 8 1/2 (Italy, 1963). We watch the second part of Fellini's classic.

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Timaeus: this is the third meeting of our group
• 18:00 GMT  Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics 

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT  Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
 
The link to the server can be found on the first paragraph of  the very first post.
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Reading Groups for Week 19 (16 - 22 May)

WEDNESDAY
• 15.00 GMT  Hobbes's Leviathan:  Chapter 11 "Of the difference of Manners"
• 19.00 GMT  Stirner with Timothy

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT  Islamic Philosophy: Averroes's Commentary on Plato's Republic

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Nietzsche with Andrew
• 19:00 GMT  Film Night: Paprika (2006, Japan)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Plato's Timaeus
• 18:00 GMT  Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics 

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT  Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 18:00 GMT  History of Science: The Middle Ages pt I 
 
The link to the server can be found on the first paragraph of  the very first post.
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Reading Groups for Week 20 (23 - 29 May)
 
TUESDAY
• 19.30 GMT Simone de Beauvoir, Selections from the Second Sex

WEDNESDAY
• 15.00 GMT  Hobbes's Leviathan
• 19.00 GMT  Stirner with Timothy

THURSDAY
• 19:00 GMT  Islamic Philosophy: Avicenna's Argument for the existence of God

FRIDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Nietzsche with Andrew
• 19:00 GMT  Film Night: Dog Day Afternoon (USA, 1975)

SATURDAY
• 14:00 GMT  Plato's Timaeus
• 18:00 GMT  Aristotle with Constantine: Nicomachean Ethics 

SUNDAY
• 16:00 GMT  Stoicism with Luciano: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
• 18:00 GMT  History of Science: The Middle Ages pt II
 
The link to the server can be found on the first paragraph of  the very first post.
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