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Camden Philosophical Society

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

Over the next few months, the Camden Philosophical Society reading and discussion group will be covering various topics around the broad thematic question, “Is capitalism compatible with environmental sustainability?” Our next meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 pm, will aim at arriving at an initial shared understanding of capitalism itself, especially its constitutive features.

The meeting will again be a mix of face-to-face and online discussion via Zoom. It will be led by Richard Ogle. All are welcome to participate. The proposed readings are:

A Friedman doctrine: “The Social Responsibility Of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” by Milton Friedman, published in the New York Times on Sep. 13, 1970. It can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/1970/09/13/archives/a-friedman-doctrine-the-social-responsibility-of-business-is-to.html

The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View, by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 2002. Wood is a well known British Marxist historian of capitalism and provides a sharp contrast to Friedman. While her entire book provides a potentially helpful historical perspective, the parts specifically chosen for the Society’s discussion are the Introduction and the Conclusion. The book can be found here:  https://cominsitu.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/ellen-meiksins-wood-the-origin-of-capital-a-longer-view.pdf

Online attendance is open to all. Let us know by emailing sarahmiller@usa.net (cc: richardaogle@gmail.com and he31@verizon.net) 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 that invitation at the time of the event.

If you wish to attend in-person, let us know at the emails above as well, and if space is available within Maine state guidelines for in-door gatherings, we will let you know and you will be welcome to attend that way at a location in Camden. For now, however, available space is quite restricted.

55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States