The SPEX Book Club

Perfect for individuals or small groups interested in working through a classic philosophical text. Some texts can be covered in just one meeting, others take longer. We have beautiful and comfortable spaces inside at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and outside at Red Rock State Park.

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Did you ever want to read Plato’s Republic, but when you picked it up you found names like Thrasymachus and Adeimantus, and you promptly put it right back down? We know philosophy can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s worth digging in, because in this great work (and so many others) there are insights into human nature, how families and cities should be organized, what role art plays in human experience, and many other important and interesting questions.

From Marcus Aurelius to Merlau-Ponty, we will work through these texts and have delightful, interesting conversations along the way. We’ll give you the historical context and explain technical terms in easily understandable language. We can work with all levels if you already have some experience with philosophy. Not sure what you want to read? Just email us or call. We’re happy to learn more about your interests and would be happy to make recommendations. 

Doing philosophy is one of life’s greatest joys and highest arts. We want to help you experience it.

Contact us and let us know what you are interested in and we will help you arrange it.

 

Choose a Classic Philosophical Text:

If you have something in mind but do not see it, contact us!

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Ancient Greek

 Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

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Asian Philosophies

 

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Medieval

Saint Augustine, Confessions

 

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St. Augustine, City of God

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St. Anselm, The Major Works

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Modern

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

 

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John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

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Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace

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Baruch Spinoza, Ethics

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John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Monadology

Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

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Existentialism

Phenomenology

General Philosophy

Science

Environment

Grand Canyon

While these texts are not typically considered "philosophy," by virtue of their subject matter we consider them to be of supreme philosophical consequence. They are about one of the great philosophical wonders of the world.

 

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