About Our Long Reads
There is a special kind of deep, focused learning that can only happen through close, careful engagement with the written word — and especially with the written words and arguments of thoughtful, rigorous thinkers. To foster that engagement in a friendly, collaborative setting, our “Long Reads” series will focus on close reading of philosophical books, both classic and contemporary. Throughout the series, we’ll be interested both in the specific arguments that various philosophers make, and in developing the skills and habits of reading in a specifically philosophical way.
We’ll approach the books in a philosophical mode, which means that we’ll focus on understanding the argument(s), and on opening ourselves up to change and transformation through our encounter with them. In our reading, and in our conversation together, we’ll work together, first to understand the author’s arguments on their own terms, as deeply and charitably as possible, and then to evaluate those arguments and consider their implications for our own lives.
Because this is a reading group, all attendees should read the relevant material prior to each session, so that we’re all (figuratively and literally) on the same page, and so that the depth and richness of the book can structure our conversation.
We’ll post some thoughts and questions, which you can use to guide your reading, a few weeks prior to our meet-up.