Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe: Philosophy & Human Nature
Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
212-874-5210 Price: $5
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The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What’s the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.
Topic: Philosophy & Human Nature
A strange thing is happening in modern philosophy: many philosophers don’t seem to believe that there is such thing as human nature. What makes this strange is that not only the new attitude goes contrary to much of the history of philosophy, but — despite loud claims to the contrary — it also goes against the findings of modern science. This has serious consequences, ranging from the way in which we see ourselves and our place in the cosmos to what sort of philosophy of life we may adopt. We’ll discuss the issue of human nature in light of contemporary biology and how the concept may impact everyday living. Suggested reading is coming soon!
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