Events

Classes

Human Nature & the World: An Extended Introduction to Early Hindu Philosophies

Wednesday evenings, Jan. 20th & 27th and Feb. 3rd & 10th. 6:15–8:15p.m. MST, on Zoom. Hosted by Merlin CCC.

A four-week exploration of cosmology and philosophical anthropology in the Sāṃkhya, Vaiśeṣika, and Advaita Vedānta traditions of Hindu philosophy. Roughly, “How is the universe put together?” and “How is the human being put together, in relation to that wider world?”

Sliding scale, $15–50/session. More information, and registration, at merlinccc.org.

Workshops

“What is Philosophy?”, Part 1: The Basics

Saturday, January 9th, 10:00–12:30 MST, on Zoom. Hosted by Merlin CCC.

Just what it says on the tin: We’ll go back to the beginning, to get a sense of what philosophy is, and why we should care about it.

Starting from the Alexandrian Platonists of the 6th century CE, we’ll look at traditional and modern definitions of philosophy. We’ll consider the philosophical discipline as a way of life, a preparation for death, a cosmogonic act that creates the world, and, in the famous phrase of the late Platonist, “the art of arts and the science of sciences.” And we’ll survey the major divisions of philosophy, as they developed in Greece, India, and elsewhere, which will lay the groundwork for more detailed study of each of them, in the remaining parts of this workshop series, and beyond.

Free, donations welcome. Each workshop in this series stands alone. For more information, or to register, please visit merlinccc.org.

“What is Philosophy?”, Part 2: Responding to the World

Saturday, January 23rd, 10:00–12:30 MST, on Zoom. Hosted by Merlin CCC.

A global, historically-informed approach to the study of ethics in philosophy. We’ll examine how philosophers (over the millennia, in various corners of the globe) have approached the problems of ethics, and what kinds of answers they have proposed. We’ll explore various accounts of how we might respond effectively to the world, in ways that are conducive to human flourishing.

Free, donations welcome. Each workshop in this series stands alone. For more information, or to register, please visit merlinccc.org.

“What is Philosophy?”, Part 3: Making Sense of the World

Saturday, February 6th, 10:00–12:30 MST, on Zoom. Hosted by Merlin CCC.

A first look at the central questions of metaphysics and ontology: roughly, what (kinds of) things exist, and how do they fit together? We’ll take an expansive look at causality and explanation, including the “Six Causes” of the Platonic/Aristotelian tradition, some additional types of causality in Hindu and Buddhist philosophies of India, and the modern scientific method. We’ll see how all of these can fit together, to enrich the ways that we understand and make sense of our world.

Free, donations welcome. Each workshop in this series stands alone. For more information, or to register, please visit merlinccc.org.

“What is Philosophy?”, Part 4: Thinking About Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 10:00–12:30 MST, on Zoom. Hosted by Merlin CCC.

Drawing especially on the Nyāya tradition of Indian philosophy, we’ll explore foundational issues of logic, epistemology, and what makes for an effective argument.

Free, donations welcome. Each workshop in this series stands alone. For more information, or to register, please visit merlinccc.org.