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Camden Philosophical Society Meeting
Tuesday, October 18 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
At the Camden Philosophical Society’s next regularly scheduled reading and discussion group, at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 18, we will be discussing Chapter 2 of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, by David Graeber and David Wengrow. This session will be held as a continuation of our open discussions, in which there is no designated discussion leader and participants are asked to direct the group’s attention to parts of the reading that they find particularly compelling.
The meeting will be a hybrid combination of in-person at the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library or Zoom. All are welcome to attend by either mode. If you wish to participate via Zoom, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. You will receive a Zoom invitation on the morning of the meeting, Click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” link in that invitation at the time of the event.
The Graeber and Wengrow book can be found in its entirety for free here: https://archive.org/details/graeber-wengrow-dawn/David%20Graeber%2C%20David%20Wengrow%20-%20The%20Dawn%20of%20Everything_%20A%20New%20History%20of%20Humanity-Farrar%2C%20Straus%20and%20Giroux%20%282021%29/ It doesn’t have to be read online as it appears on the top of this browser page. If you scroll down, you’ll see that you have access to downloads of the book in various formats.
Remember that the time for our meetings has been moved up to 3:30-5:30, due to library requirements for use of the Picker Room by others.
As noted, the Oct. 18 discussion will focus primarily on Chapter 2, “Wicked Liberty: The indigenous critique and the myth of progress.” This chapter describes how the reaction of indigenous leaders living in what is now the northeastern US to the French culture they encountered in the 16th Century influenced Enlightenment thinking in Europe 200 years later and up to the present day. It traces this process in particular through the writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau and then with an examination of how Rousseau affected the broader debate over “equality versus inequality” and also freedom.
If participants wish to pursue the Graeber-Wengrow approach further, Chapter 1 is a useful introduction. It’s over to you from there! Another direction would be to read Rousseau himself. His Discourse on Inequality is the work most referenced by Graeber and Wengrow: https://aub.edu.lb/fas/cvsp/Documents/DiscourseonInequality.pdf879500092.pdf