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Reading Group: Marx on Economics and Ideology

7 Aug

READING GROUP:
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PCPN is excited to kick off our summer/fall session — Critical Theory: Politics and the Frankfurt School — tomorrow (08/08) with a discussion of Marx’s theory of economics and ideology.

Reading:

  • 08/08: Marx, “Introduction to a Critique of Political Economy” from Grundrisse
    Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • None this week

OTHER NEWS:61667621

Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE

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Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Critical Theory: Politics and the Frankfurt School

  • 08/08: Marx, “Introduction to a Critique of Political Economy” from Grundrisse
    Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach”
  • 08/15: Lukács, “What is Orthodox Marxism?”
  • 08/22: Carl Schmitt, “On Sovereignty” and “The Problem of Sovereignty as the Problem of the Legal Form of the Decision” from Political Theology
  • 08/29: Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
  • 09/12: Pollock, “State Capitalism: Its possibilities and Limitations”
  • 09/19: Bataille, “The Meaning of General Economy” and “Laws of General Economy” from The Accursed Share
  • 09/26: Marcuse, “Repressive Tolerance”
  • 10/03: Horkheimer, “The Authoritarian State”
    Horkheimer, “The End of Reason”
  • 10/17: Adorno, “Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda”
  • 10/24: Adorno and Horkheimer, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception” from Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • 10/31: Kirchheimer, “Changes in the Structure of Political Compromise”
  • 11/07: Jürgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Excerpts)
  • 11/14: Marcuse, “Marxism and Feminism”
    Brown, “Feminist Theory and the Frankfurt School”
  • 11/21: Said, “Introduction” Orientalism
    Said, “Traveling Theory”

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Reading Group: Parvelescu on Laughter

15 May

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Tomorrow (May 16th) we will be continuing our discussion of humor and comedy with a discussion of the fourth chapter of Parvulescu’s Laughter.

This week’s text:

  • 5/16 – Parvulescu, Anca. Laughter: Notes on a Passion. Chapter 4.

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

Need more: check out this interesting examination of laughter: LINK

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole spring, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • None this week

OTHER NEWS:61667621

Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE

***

Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Get It?! Continental Philosophy and Humor

5/16 – Parvulescu, Anca. Laughter: Notes on a Passion. Chapter 4.

5/23 – Davis, Diane. Breaking Up at Totality, 104-115.

5/30 – Zupancic, Alenka. The Odd One In: On Comedy, “Structural Dynamics and Temporality of the Comical.”

6/6 – Pound, Marcus. “Comic Subjectivity- Žižek and Zupančič’s Spiritual Work of Art.”

Pdfs HERE.

Reading Group: Morreall on Comedy

8 May

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Tomorrow (May 8th) we will be continuing our discussion of humor and comedy with a discussion of the first two chapters of Morreall’s Comic Relief.

This week’s text:

  • 5/9 – Morreall, John. Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor, Chapters 1-2.

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

Need more: check out this interesting examination of laughter: LINK

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole spring, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • None this week

OTHER NEWS:61667621

Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE

***

Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Get It?! Continental Philosophy and Humor

5/9 – Morreall, John. Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor, Chapters 1-2.

5/16 – Parvulescu, Anca. Laughter: Notes on a Passion. Chapter 4.

5/23 – Davis, Diane. Breaking Up at Totality, 104-115.

5/30 – Zupancic, Alenka. The Odd One In: On Comedy, “Structural Dynamics and Temporality of the Comical.”

6/6 – Pound, Marcus. “Comic Subjectivity- Žižek and Zupančič’s Spiritual Work of Art.”

Pdfs HERE.

Dylan Trigg Video Up

16 Dec

Thanks to a new computer and video software, Dylan Trigg’s “On Non-Phenomenology in Merleau-Ponty” is finally available at our YouTube channel here:

Reading Group: The Thing!

8 Nov

READING GROUP:

Join us tomorrow (Monday) night at 8:00pm as we continue our Halloween-season series, “PHILOSOPHY and HORROR,” with a discussion of the preface and first chapter of Dylan Trigg’s The Thing.

As always, the text is available as a pdf HERE.

We will be meeting at 3929 Cabinet Way, Pittsburgh (BYOB) until we can establish a more permenant location.

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole Fall, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

11/12, 4:30pm: Dr. Jay Lampert, “Visual Effects and the Phenomenology of Perceptual Control” –207 College Hall, Duquesne University.

OTHER NEWS:

The Partially Examined Life’s Q+A and live podcast from this year’s Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference (un)commons: theory and public space are now up and can be found on itunes or at PEL’s site: HERE.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in PHILOSOPHY and HORROR

10/26: Eugene Thacker, In The Dust of this Planet, Preface and Chapter 3.
11/02: Eugene Thacker, Tentacles Longer Than Night, Chapter 1
11/09: Dylan Trigg, The Thing, Preface and Chapter 1
11/16: Dylan Trigg, The Thing, Chapter 2
11/23: Graham Harman, Wierd Realism, Part 1 (pp.1-27)
11/30: Graham Harman, Wierd Realism, Part 1 (pp.28-52)
12/07: Anna Powell, Deleuze and the Horror Film, excerpt tbd.
12/14: Richard Kearney, Strangers, Gods, and Monsters, Chapter 4.

PCPN Fall

Upcoming – Last Philosophy and Science Meeting and More

9 Sep

NOTE #1: Mark your calendar, for the second annual pittsburgh continental philosophy conference, September 25th (1:00-9:00pm) and 26th (10:00am-9:00pm). Plenaries include Leswin Laubscher, Fred Evans, and The Partially Examined Life.


READING GROUP:

Join us Monday night (14th) as we wrap up our consideration of philosophy and neuroscience with a look at Mark Solms’ Brain and the Inner World

As always, the text is available as a pdf HERE.

We will be meeting at 8:00pm at Tender Bar + Kitchen, in Lawrenceville (4300 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole summer, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Justin E. H. Smith, Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII: “Is Western Philosophy a 19th-Century Invention? Historiography and Boundary-Policing from the Encyclopédie to Hegel.”

LOOKING AHEAD:

Keep your eyes open at the beginning October, for our fall reading group series on philosophy and horror. Texts will likely include: H.P. Lovecraft, Dylan Trigg, Eugene Thacker, Graham Harman, Georges Canguilhem, Richard Kearney and many more!

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Tomorrow (Monday) Feyerabend!

5 Jul

Join us tomorrow for a discussion of the first four theses of Feyerabend’s “Against Method” and learn why the only principal that doesn’t impede scientific progress is “anything goes!”

As always, the text is available as a pdf HERE.

We will be meeting at 7:00pm at Tender Bar + Kitchen, in Lawrenceville (4300 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole summer, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.