The next installment of Story and Song Night will be this Tuesday, September 27. Greg Kirk, from Stony Brook University on Long Island, will tell the story of St. Thomas More, the author of Utopia, and a man heavily involved in the politics that shaped Modern Europe. Come out, enjoy the experience of being told a story, and then participate in the discussion. The event will take place at Naco Gallery Café, 1665 Dundas St. West in Toronto. The story-telling will be from 8:30-9:30. After a short break, there will be a set of live music performed by Toronto bassist Chris Banks and vibraphonist Michael Davidson.
I am deeply committed to the idea that philosophy is a cooperative activity and an inherently fulfilling one. For this reason, I encourage activities of philosophical study in which, through conversation, a community develops in which each participant experiences her or his thinking to be elevated beyond the level she or he could achieve alone, and in which study and social life are closely interwoven.
Since 2003, I have run an annual summer seminar in philosophy. Each year, roughly 25 invited participants-primarily faculty members and Ph.D. students from universities across North America-gather for roughly one week of intense, group study of a major text from the history of philosophy. Participants meet twice daily for sessions of highly focused discussion of the text and the issues it raises. When not studying in preparation for the meetings, seminar participants also socialize together, generally taking advantage of Toronto's outstanding, multicultural dining opportunities, and taking part in Toronto's vibrant and varied live music scene. Participants in these seminars consistently have the experience of growth in their conversation and conceptual abilities, and typically leave with a transformed sense of the nature and possibilities of philosophy.
Throughout the year, I also often lead smaller private seminars, specially oriented to graduate students, on various texts and topics in the history of philosophy.