Camden Philosophical Society Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Camden Philosophical Society will hold a discussion at 4 pm on Tuesday, Sept 22, that aims to provide a bridge from summer readings of Heraclitus and Aristotle to an extended exploration of the essentials of capitalism that we are proposing to undertake over the autumn and winter. Our topic is whether the emergence of coinage – money if you prefer – in ancient Greece helps to explain the watershed emergence of pre-Socratic thought. Howard Engelskirchen will lead the discussion.
Readings located at the bottom of the page, starting with an introduction to the topic by Howard. In addition, there are excerpts both from works by classical scholar Richard Seaford, including his book Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy, and an explanation of money by Karl Marx contained in the Grundrisse. These will be the primary readings for the discussion. However, those wishing to explore the topic in further depth can find a PDF of Seaford’s complete book here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58d6b5ff86e6c087a92f8f89/t/59139a1debbd1a46db55252e/1494456871565/Money_and_the_Early_Greek_Mind__Homer__Philosophy__Tragedy.pdf
The September session will take place dominantly via Zoom, as the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library remains unavailable for in-person gatherings for the time being. Online attendance is open to all. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to let us know if you wish to attend via Zoom. You will receive an invitation on the morning of the meeting. Click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” link in the invitation at the time of the event.
We would like future meetings to be a hybrid, with those who wish to attend in person able to do so, and others continuing to participate via Zoom. We are on the lookout for a space in which to meet while the library is closed. Please let us know if you are aware of an available space. Also, we would like to get a feel for how many of you are interested in attending in-person. We ask all those who would attend an in-person session if it were available on Sept. 22 — or in future months — to let us know, also by email. Meetings would, of course, follow all Maine state guidelines for in-door gatherings. We are not attempting outdoor gatherings because of the difficulty in getting acceptable sound on Zoom from outdoors.