Wittenstein, Habermas considered

Dec 26, 2012

Camden — The Camden Philosophical Society meets monthly at the Camden Public Library to discuss short philosophical readings. On Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. it will discuss two more pieces on Philosophy and Art, the group’s theme for 2012-2013.

This meeting will represent the group’s first encounter with Ludwig Wittgenstein, who occupies a distinctive place in 20th-century philosophy. Participants will read Wittgenstein’s “Lectures on Aesthetics,” which actually is a compilation of notes taken by his students from lectures given in private rooms in Cambridge in the summer of 1938. These are available in “Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief” by Cyril Barrett (University of California Press, 1972).

From December’s readings, the Society still has Jurgen Habermas’ “Modernity — An Incomplete Project” in which Habermas lays out his critique of postmodernism.

The Camden Philosophical Society’s monthly reading group has welcomed all interested for seven years; no formal philosophical training is necessary to read, discuss and enjoy its always-friendly arguments. Everyone with an interest in reading and discussion is welcome. Hard copies of current readings are available at the library circulation desk for reading or personal copying.

The Camden Philosophical Society’s reading group meets each second Tuesday of the month at the Camden Public Library. The Society has created an annual conference in Camden under the general theme Philosophy at the Edge for seven years, and this season’s monthly readings concentrate on philosophy and art in preparation for the 2013 conference on that theme. For more information, send email to info@philosophyedge.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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