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MEETING ON ZOOM – Camden Philosophical Society

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society is coming back to life, albeit slowly, like so much else. Our first step will be a discussion of the “systems thinking” of Heraclitus, to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, at 4 pm, with Richard Ogle in the lead. All are welcome to participate, but those wishing to do so should inform Skye Hirst by email ( skyeh@autognomics.org ) no later than May 25 of their wish to join. Those who so register will receive a digital invite on the morning of the meeting with instructions for getting in on the Zoom call. If you still have questions after receiving those instructions, you may telephone Skye on 207-691-3172.   

Richard provides us with an introduction to this ancient but timely topic in the attachment to this email. He notes: “Above all, for Heraclitus, the organizing principle of the cosmos, spanning not just the human mind, but the physical universe itself, was not substance but relationship. His grasp of this insight was fundamental to the later development of Greek philosophy.”

In addition to the selection from the fragments of Heraclitus’ writing that is contained in the attachment, please read pages 3-23 in the Introduction to Charles Kahn’s work The Art and Thought of Heraclitus https://www.pdf-archive.com/2016/02/26/the-art-and-thought-of-heraclitus/the-art-and-thought-of-heraclitus.pdf

We are as yet uncertain how the group will meet in June and beyond. It is possible – but by no means assured — that we will be able to go back to the library over the summer if the number of attendees is limited and distancing is maintained. This could potentially be combined with a Zoom option for those who prefer. Or we may decide to remain for a few more months with Zoom only, or with some other video conferencing platform. Or even to meet outside at the amphitheater next to the library. We will be soliciting your thoughts on this matter during and/or after the Zoom gathering on May 26.

For more information, contact Sarah Miller at sarahmiller@usa.net. 

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