Philosophy *ZOOM* Workshop: “Skepticism” in Indian & Tibetan Buddhism — Nāgārjuna

In this 2½-hour ZOOM workshop led by David Nowakowski, we’ll explore part two of skepticism in the east and west. In this session we’ll look at “skepticism” in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism via the work of Nāgārjuna. No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop. All ages welcome. FREE. $15-30 suggested donation. Learn more here!

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Philosophy *ZOOM* Workshop: Greek Skepticism — Sextus Empiricus

In this 2½-hour ZOOM workshop led by David Nowakowski, we’ll explore skepticism in the east and west. This particular session will be focusing on Greek skepticism and Sextus Empiricus. No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop. All ages welcome. FREE. $15-30 suggested donation. Learn more & register here!

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Philosophy ZOOM Workshop: Exploring Issues of Race — TO BE RESCHEDULED

In this VIRTUAL/ZOOM workshop, we’ll explore some historical and contemporary issues about race with philosophers Céline Leboeuf & Julia Jorati. No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop. All ages welcome. FREE. Learn more here!

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Merlin Receives $2,000 Grant from PLATO for their “Thinking as a Community” Program

The Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization (PLATO) is amazing!!!  We are so grateful for their continued support of our organization and public philosophy programs!!  

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Philosophy Workshop: Animism (May 2020)

Many of us take for granted a clear divide between the animate and inanimate. For instance: I am alive, but the chair I sit in is not. My dog is probably alive, as is the oak tree just outside my window. I am somewhat less certain about grass. Or viruses. What does this distinction between the living and nonliving mean to us? Why do we care so deeply about finding a firm line between the two? What might we discover about our world, our own assumptions, and our own ethical action if we are willing to question these categories? Many cultures and peoples throughout the world have never bothered to make such clean distinctions, and even in our contemporary western culture, a movement of philosophers has been challenging this divide from within. In this ZOOM workshop led by philosophers Henry Kramer & David Nowakowski, we explored the philosophy of animism – an orientation toward the world where everything is encountered as meaningfully alive. Access the video and other resources here!

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Philosophy Workshop: Stoicism – Ethics & Providence (April 2020)

In these two 2½-hour ZOOM workshops led by philosopher David Nowakowski we investigated Stoic ethics, providence and the world. These two workshops represented our first ZOOM workshops of the year (or ever for that matter — ZOOM was new to us as we typically hold in-person workshops). However, we were grateful to have so many workshop attendees join us and participate in the conversation! See what sorts of things we discussed and access the workshop handouts, activities, and reading recommendations here!

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