I have selected the next book for our Saturday reading group, which we will begin in January: Deconstruction & Pragmatism. I’ve chosen it for several reasons. This book is an excellent choice for both new and existing members. It’s an exciting next step following our recent discussions on Understanding Poststructuralism, and stands out for being brief, accessible, and engaging. The book is a collection of contributions from Simon Critchley, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, Richard Rorty, and Chantal Mouffe, which makes it ideal for those who enjoy an upbeat presentation of diverse perspectives.
After nearly four years of hosting the group, I can confidently say that joining our discussions is worthwhile, especially if you’re interested in these topics and styles of conversation. It offers a unique experience for people who enjoy light-hearted philosophical explorations, often extending to more personal matters. Our discussion space is warm and welcoming, and—somewhat miraculously—it has turned out that we never try to outsmart each other, but instead engage in honest conversations. Once you join, you’ll gain access to our recorded past discussions of Understanding Poststructuralism, as well as the Beginning Theory series, both of which are accessible to members only.
I invite you to be part of our philosophical space. It’s a small group, and at present, we only have 2 spots left. You don’t need to be an academic or have a formal background, as long as you’re willing to read a few pages each week and show up for the discussions.
“The genuine philosophical relationship, as Plato not only described it but lived it for all time, is that of a flame awakening a flame. In such a relationship anything can happen.” – Gabriel Marcel (Tragic Wisdom and Beyond)