2019 Book Selection & Social Evening
jeu. 15 novembre à 01:00
The time has come to schedule the selection process for our 2019 Reading List. As in previous years, we will be producing the "Short List" over the next 4 weeks. Here is how it works. The Reading Schedule is broken up into 5 Periods: (1) Early Antiquity & Classical Greek Period (800 B.C. - 30 A.D.) (2) The Christian Era & Medieval Period (30 A.D. - 1400 A.D.) (3) Renaissance to Enlightenment & Age of Reason (1400 - 1800) (4) Romantic & Early Modern Periods (1800 - 1914) (5) Modern & Post Modern (1914 - Present) Admittedly, these are arbitrary demarcations. There is considerable vagueness and academic debate about the dividing lines between these eras. And they overlap considerably. But these are our Periods for 2019. That said, as you know, our model is to roll the clock back every year and to begin in January with a text from the Early Antiquity & Classical Greek Period, followed in March or April with a text or two from the Christian Era & Medieval Period, etc.. We will be reading anywhere from 1 to 3 texts in each Period, moving chronologically through the year to November with a modern or contemporary classical piece of literature. The books we read are all from the classical Western canon. That is the raison d'êtres of the Club. Some are classical works of philosophy, history or religion; others are tragedies; still and others are well-known classical works of literature. Each of us has different interests and preferences. From Homer's "Iliad" and Thucydides' "Peloponnesian War", to Plato's "Symposium", Augustine's "Confessions" and Dante's "Divine Comedy", Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", Dostoevsky's "Grand Inquisitor", and Karl Popper's "Open Society", the list goes on... Those interested in a little history about the early days of the Club and how we identified ourselves in the formative stages can read about our first organizational meeting in August 2012 at which we set the terms and framework for Club selections: https://www.meetup.com/Thinkers-Book-Club/events/past/ With our October meeting, we will have read 69 classics since August 2012. These were all superb reads and engaging dialogues. To get some idea of the richness of this literary treasure, navigate to the "Home" Page, scroll down and click "See all past Meetups"; then keep scrolling down. We have added a number of new members since August 2012; others have lost interest or moved on to other interests and priorities. In short, many current members have not read most of the classics we have already read as a Club. THEREFORE, (1) This year, like last, we will be permitting nominations of books we have nominated and/or read in past years. Classics, after all, are meant to be read and re-read. This is your chance to join us for an intelligent discussion of your favourite classic, even if we have read it before. Reading it again for the first time is always exciting. Of course, nomination is only the first step. You will have to persuade the group at our December meetup that your classic should be selected (see below); and (2) We will be permitting another Eastern classic this year. Although Sun Tzu's Art of War (which we read in January 2016) can be considered an Eastern classic, it has become such an integral part of the Western canon to be considered a "Western classic". The same could be said of Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed (which we read in March 2016) and The Bhagavad Gita (yet unread... hint). To facilitate the nomination process, Tiff compiled two historical lists for us in 2017: Book Nominations that were selected and Book Nominations that have not as yet been selected. The links are immediately below: https://www.meetup.com/Thinkers-Book-Club/messages/boards/thread/50685877 https://www.meetup.com/Thinkers-Book-Club/messages/boards/thread/50643123 Feel free to nominate any of the texts listed in either list. For more about the actual process, see: https://www.meetup.com/Thinkers-Book-Club/boards/thread/51807827
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