“Philosophy In & By the Community”: Merlin & Helena Community Members featured in Vernon Press Anthology

A 2021 Vernon Press anthology series edited by Stephen Kekoa Miller featuring eight chapters about doing philosophy in innovative ways, both in the schools and the community at large. In our chapter, “Philosophy In & By the Community,” we explore how Merlin CCC — with the help & support of community — has taken shape in interesting, delightful, and unexpected ways.  In the process, we discuss our approach to philosophy, the kind of work we do, and some of its characteristics…as well as the significance & beauty of community & place. Learn more here!

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Merlin Featured in APA: An “Into Philosophy” Series Interview

An American Philosophical Association special series by Jeremy Bendik-Keymer and the “Into Philosophy” Team. This interview with Merlin CCC Founder & Director, Marisa Diaz-Waian, is part of a collection of collaborative essays/mini-series called “Philosophy as a Way of Life.” Read the interview here!

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Philosophy Workshop: “Beyond Mindfulness – Western Meditation Techniques in Theory & Practice”

In this workshop led by David Nowakowski, we explored three techniques of meditation with deep roots in Western spiritual, religious, and philosophical life and practice. We began with two simple exercises, popular among the ancient Pythagoreans and Stoics, for developing the power of recollection and preparing ourselves for challenging circumstances. Then we turned to a practice known as “discursive meditation.” Learn more & access resources here!

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Philosophy Workshop: “Talking About Stoicism”

In this workshop we explored the philosophical & historical roots of Stoic philosophy, some of its central theses, its modern revival, and how it manifests as philosophy as a way of life. Access resources and sessions recordings here!

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Philosophy Workshop: “Rewilding”

In this workshop we explored rewilding from the context of ecology and philosophy with Christopher Preston. Access resources and sessions recordings here!

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Philosophy Workshop: “Death & Meanings of Life”

In this workshop we explored death and various attitudes and perspectives on the meanings of life through the lens of historical philosophy with Julia Jorati. Access resources and sessions recordings here!

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Philosophy Workshop Series: “What is Philosophy?” (Thinking About Thinking)

In this final installment of our “What is Philosophy?” series with philosopher David Nowakowski, we looked at some of the most fundamental issues in philosophy: knowledge, reasoning, and what makes for an effective argument! Access resources and information here.

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Philosophy Workshop Series: “What is Philosophy?” (Making Sense of the World)

In this workshop we explored a variety of viewpoints and questions surrounding knowledge, explanation, and how we make sense of the world. Access resources and reading recommendations here!

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