The Ethics is Spinoza’s great masterwork that contains most of the principles of his philosophy. It can be notoriously daunting to read since large portions of it is written in “geometric” propositions rather than in paragraphed prose — but it is also one of the most rewarding books to read in the history of Western philosophy, partly because it contains so much (a whole theory of existence in less than 200 pages), and because it effectively offers a manual for human life: what it means to live well and be happy, to join forces with the other forces around us, to reconfigure our raging doubts and natural appetites into a state of equanimity, and to manage the inevitable human suffering that comes with being finite and mortal.
We will begin to read and discuss Spinoza’s Ethics in March in a reading group facilitated by Eu Jin Chua. For more information go to the course page
Book: Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics
Location: RM Gallery, 3 Samoa House Lane (off Beresford Square, Karangahape Road area)
Fortnightly, Mondays 6 – 7:30 pm
Begins: 6 March
The next philosophy reading group will commence on 26 October. we will be reading and discussing Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. For more information go here
Do you have something to share around the ideas of livelihood, how we relate to each other and other beings on this planet, and forms of self-organisation? It could be a reading, a story, body exercises, a game, a drawing activity, a walk, something to touch and be passed around. Ideas, suggestions for activities most welcome. Email xin [at] makeshifting.net
We are planning a continuation of the earlier series Living, making, together, except each gathering will feature two or three hosts, each bringing something to share (20 minutes of activity and some snacks), followed by discussion. We will start on Monday 12 September 6pm and go for 5 weeks (till October 10).
The sharing will respond to and ramble from the previous gatherings. The discussion will focus on working out ways that the ideas can be practice in our daily lives, to try things out before dismissing them.
The gathering will take place at WG building, AUT, through this exploring how we might reclaim spaces for public use. Meet 6pm at NewsFeed Cafe. Entrance to WG Building and the NewsFeed Cafe can be found in the pedestrianised area between Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place. http://osm.org/go/uuVhPgPLb?m=
Bring your own cup for tea and eating implements.
The gatherings are open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading, tasting and experiencing an unexpected mixture each week, and experimenting with how we can use them in our daily lives. The group is facilitated by Xin Cheng xin [at] makeshifting.net who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.
The Performance Ethics Working Group is pleased to announce a new research initiative ‘On Conversation’ focussing on the specific aesthetic, ethical and social/political aspects of conversation in contemporary art. The first part of this research will take place alongside the exhibition Share/Cheat/Unite at Te Tuhi during September 2016.
Read more about it here
We’re currently planning a new series, five gatherings exploring ideas around livelihood, how we relate to each other and other beings on this planet, and forms of self-organisation. They will start on Monday June 20 and go for 5 weeks (27 June, 4, 11 & 18 July)
We will take bites off these books as starting points for the discussions:
- Week 1 – Kyohei Sakaguchi: Build Your Own Independent Nation (Chapter 3: Trade by Expression, with Attitude Your Currency, download here) Optional homework: bring an example of attitude economy from your daily life to share next week.
- Week 2 – Charles Eisenstein: Sacred Economics, Introduction. (Optional text from the same author: Disruption, from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible)
- Week 3 – David Abram: Becoming Animal http://wildethics.org/essay/key-quotes-from-becoming-animal-an-earthly-cosmology/ (download the full text in epub here, or pdf here)
- Week 4 – Discussion on stories and threads across the previous three readings and Charles Eisenstein: Disruption, from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Note: one-offspecial location at WG building, AUT, meet 6pm at NewsFeed Cafe)
- Week 5 – Tim Ingold: Making, Chapter 7: Bodies on the Run (download a pdf here)
George Monbiot: Rewilding, Chapter 2: The Wild Hunt (download the chapter in pdf here, or the whole book in epub here)
The discussions will take place in RM’s lovely reading room on the first floor of 3 Samoa House Lane, Auckland. To get to it you have to go around the back via Beresford St, down Samoa House Lane and up one flight of stairs. All the sessions will start at 6:00 pm and run for an hour and a half.
The gatherings are open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading, discussing and experiencing specific sections each week, and experimenting how we can use them in our daily lives. The group is facilitated by Xin Cheng [xin at makeshifting.net] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.
Xin Cheng would like to acknowledge the support from New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) for the “research and doing” tour in Japan, which enabled the encounter with Sakaguchi’s text.
“when we say that we organize in the shadow of the university, we mean that we organize with those who have been used and abused by the university-as-such: students and workers of color who endure institutional racism while having their images used in the name of diversity; precariously employed adjunct faculty who must rely on social or communal assistance for survival; exploited graduate teaching fellows still urged to play the rigged academic game; custodial and food services staff who are treated as disposable in patriarchal and racist divisions of labor; so-called “dropouts” who’ve been ejected from the university because they can’t stand its discipline; students and former students who will be haunted by debt for decades; and organizers who educate, study, and research outside and in spite of the university’s present configurations.”
We’re planning our foray into the second division of Being and Time, with a start date of 8 June at Auckland Central Library, Te Marama Room 6 – 7:30 pm. We will read the book over 6 fortnights. For a full schedule click here
Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit, Being and Time is one of the significant philosophical texts of the 20th Century. First published in 1927, the book has exerted a huge influence on both philosophy, and other areas as diverse as architecture, contemporary art, social and political theory, psychotherapy, psychiatry and theology. Hubert Dreyfuss* described Being and Time as “both a systematization of the existential insights of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and a radicalization of Husserl’s phenomenological account of intentionality.”
Last year we read Division 1 over 7 fortnights.
The first reading group of 2016 will focus on the initial three volumes of Isabelle Stenger’s Cosmopolitics which were published in English in 2010.
Cosmopolitics explores the role and authority of science in modern societies and the ways it defines and claims objectivity, rationality, and truth. It neither accepts nor dismisses the claims of either philosophy or science rather it works to “renew our definition of what it is ‘to belong’ or ’to pertain’ to the world by diving deep into the sciences in order to extract their hidden cosmopolitcs” (Bruno Latour).
Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, Trans Robert Bononno, 2010
The reading group takes place fortnightly on either Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm starting in Albert Park and moving indoors as the weather cools, commencing on February 17.
For a full schedule and more information click here
The reading group meeting on 1 October has been postponed till 8 October due to illness.
The 4th reading group meeting has also moved back one week to 22 October.