|Spontaneous Philosophy||Rudolf Steiner House, Marylebone||Monthly no-prep study||Next meeting 23 June||Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM|
At the London Literary Salon we offer a special blend of great literature, great ideas and great conversation. We also know that our weekly studies are sometimes hard to fit in among the demands of everyday life. If you’re looking to add more meaningful conversation into your life, without another 100 pages a week to read—our new Spontaneous Philosophy Study has the answer!
Each month we meet—with no prep necessary—for an on-the-spot close reading of a short passage from the great authors we read elsewhere in the Salon. We might also call this Short Works, Big Ideas. We read concise and provocative passages that address important questions, from the likes of Plato, Kant, Marx, Mill, Dewey, James, Confucius, Kafka and lots more.
To add to the fun, the author and reading each month are a surprise: everyone will be seeing the text for the first time, with all the excitement of encountering the ideas fresh together. Together we work our way through one to four pages, mostly from the giants of philosophy, but with the occasional short story, poem, or even a fairy tale tossed in—you won’t know until you show up. The emphasis will be on close reading and a shared inquiry to build understand of new ideas.
In just our first four meetings of Spontaneous Philosophy, we’ve tackled the Stoic Epictetus—on managing the vicissitudes of life; Aristotle—on the ethics of slavery; Machiavelli—on whether it’s better to be loved or feared; and Plato—on how we move from knowing nothing to knowing something.
Here are details: Meetings are on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, at the lovely Rudolf Steiner House just below Regent’s Park. Our next Spontaneous Philosophy evening is Tuesday 25 June, with the following meeting on 23 July.
Registration is £15, which covers our room charge and a bit for the facilitator. After you RSVP, all you’ll need to do is show up and be ready to think! Seats are limited, so be sure to RSVP by registering via Paypal below. If you prefer, you can send an email to facilitator Mark Cwik, as well.
Spontaneous Philosophy is a low-advance-commitment way to practice some intellectual self-care, with a bit of hard thinking and a lot of good discussion.
TO REGISTER for the Spontaneous Philosophy study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £15.
If you have any questions about this study, please email facilitator Mark Cwik.