Ideas, Lives, and Milieus
Exploring the Historical and Biographical Contexts of New Ideas
This facilitator led group will discuss books about the generation of new ideas in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will examine the lives of the main figures involved, explore the implications of their ideas for intellectual history, and seek to understand how their cultural and political milieus contributed to their thinking. The participants are requested to have a copy (ebook or print) of the book under discussion, read the part of the book that will be discussed at the next session, try to answer on their own the questions posed by the facilitator prior to the session; and be prepared to discuss their viewpoint during the session.
The first book, At the Existentialist Café will be read in spring 2017.
The facilitator, George Melnyk, has a background in 20th century European intellectual history and 20th century European philosophy.
A book of his that is relevant to the discussion of At the Existentialist Café is Poetics of Naming.
Location: Board Room at Rosedale Community Centre, 901-11 Ave. N.W.
SPRING 2017: Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm,
Book: At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (2016)
FALL 2017: Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Book: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari (2016)
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