Thursday, June 12, 2014

July: Bring Your Own Philosophy

For July we are trying something new. 
HERE'S THE PLAN:  Everyone is to read some philosophy, whatever you want and however much you want/have time for. Then you'll share some quotes and such at the next book group. 
This is an idea that works well digitally.  We often have a small crowd in July with so many out of town, so even if you're gone, you don't need to miss out!  You can send an email to the group and share or by all means POST a comment here!  
Now for those of you who will take that and run with it, go ahead. For anyone who wants a bit more information to go on, here are some possibilities.  

If you click on their name it takes you to the wikipedia entry, unless there was an obvious "official" website.  

Wilhelm Nietzsche (/ˈnə/[42] or /ˈnii/;[43] German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈniːt͡sʃə]; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philologist, philosopher,cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor,irony and aphorism.
C.S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.
The Articles of Faith I can't recall where but somewhere recently I was reading some church something and they were talking about what a great philosophy The Articles of Faith is.  The 13th has enough to keep you mentally occupied for quite a while.  And when we talk Philosophy who says it needs to be the Philosophies of MEN.  
Confucius (551–479 BC)[1] was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.
Need some more ideas:
List someone made of the top 10 Philosphers of all time:  Including Paul of Taursus as well as John Locke, Aristotle and Plato etc.  
Ok I made that "Philosophies of Men" comment comparing man and God, but it got me thinking about the obvious lack of women on the list.  
So here is an article, Ten great female philosophers: The thinking woman's women that addresses that very concern with some women philosophers listed including Mary Wollstonecraft and Ayn Rand.  
Some others I'd add to the list, some more down to Earth than others are:
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (A Gift from the Sea) Have a copy I can loan.  Not my favorite but it may have been the time in life I read it.  I think it could be a good beach read though.  pretty short.  
Katrina Kenison (Mitten String's for God:  Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry)  Also have that I can loan.
Marla Cilley (Sink Reflections) (Yup this is the Fly Lady and I know that may be scoffed at by some but she has many a philosophy that will help you save your sanity, by helping you make your everyday life more manageable.)  Also have that I can loan.

And since this is supposed to be what YOU need it to be, some may need some lighter fare and I'd offer these ideas to consider:

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson an Article on some things they said best Such as:
Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?

Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.

Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.

More Children's Philosophy  Books?  Here's an Amazon Search.
I have Zen Shorts if anyone wants to borrow it.  I also have several Calvin and Hobbes books.  

Hopefully you can see the possibilities are VAST, find whatever suites you at this time in your life and come share it with us (or post or email it, if you can't come).  

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