Reading Groups

Fall 2019

Analytic Philosophy Reading Group
Text(s): Peirce, "Some Consequences of the Four Incapacities"; Peirce, "How to Make our Ideas Clear"; James, "Pragmatism's Conception of Truth"; James, Varieties of Religious Experience (Lecture 1); Dewey, "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy"; Sellars, "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind"; Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism"; Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (Introduction, Chapter 3); Posner, "Pragmatic Adjudication"; Misak, "Making Disagreement Matter: Pragmatism and Deliberative Democracy"Heidegger Reading Group
Text(s): Heidegger, "Origin of the Work of Art"; Contributions to Philosophy

Critical Theory Reading Group
Text(s): Marx, Capital Volume I (Chapter 1); Saussure, Course in General Linguistics (Selections); Kojin Karatani, Architecture as Metaphor (Selections); Mauss, The Gift; Freud, Totem and Taboo (Essay 3); Ferenczi, "The Ontogenesis of the Interest in Money"; Lacan, "The Neurotic's Individual Myth"; Benjamin, "Capitalism as Religion"; Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years (Chapter 3); Feldner and Vighi, "The Matrix Cannot Be Reloaded: A Lacano-Marxian Perspective on the Current Economic Crisis"; Lazzarato, The Making of Indebted Man (Foreword and Chapter 1); McGowan, Capitalism and Desire (Chapter 4); Lazzarato, Governing by Debt (Section 2); Kafka, "A Little Fable"; Kafka, "The Knock at the Manor Gate"; Kafka, "A Hunger Artist"; Kafka, "The Burrow"; Kafka, "A Report to an Academy"

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): Freud, "The Handling of Dream-Interpretation in Psycho-Analysis"; "The Dynamics of Transference"; "On Beginning the Treatment"; "Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through"; "Observations on Transference-Love"; "Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning"; "Types of Onset of Neurosis"; "Contributions to a Discussion on Masturbation"; "A Note on the Unconscious in Psycho-Analysis"; "The Theme of the Three Caskets"; Totem and Taboo (Essays 3 and 4); "Overview of the Transference Neuroses"; "The Claims of Psycho-Analysis to Scientific Interest"; "Fausse Reconnaissance in Psycho-Analytic Treatment"; "On Narcissism: An Introduction"; "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes"; "Repression"; "The Unconscious"; "A Metapsychological Supplement to the Theory of Dreams"; "Some Character-Types Met With in Psycho-Analytic Work"; "Mourning and Melancholia"; "Thoughts for the Times on War and Death"; "A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Psycho-Analytic Theory of the Disease"

Greek Reading Group
Text(s): Aristotle, Physics

Heidegger Reading Group
Text(s): Heidegger, "Origin of the Work of Art"; Contributions to Philosophy

Summer 2019

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): Freud, "Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices," "Sexual Enlightenment of Children," "Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming," "Hysterical Phantasies and Bisexuality," "Character and Anal Erotism," "‘Civilized' Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Illness," "On the Sexual Theories of Children," "General Remarks on Hysterical Attacks," "Family Romances," Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy, Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis, "Special Type of Object Choice Made by Men," "Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love," "The Taboo of Virginity," Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia

Kant Reading Group
Text(s): Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Spring 2019

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): Freud, Psychopathology of Everyday Life; Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria; Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality; Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious

German Reading Group
Text(s): Kafka, "Before the Law"; Nietzsche, "The Dying Socrates"; Nietzsche, "The Greatest Weight"; Marx, Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy; Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia"

Nancy Reading Group
Text(s): Nancy, Being Singular Plural

Latin Reading Group
Text(s): Descartes, Regulae ad directionem ingenii

Fall 2018

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Hegel, Faith and Knowledge

Deleuze Reading Group
Text(s): Deleuze, Difference and Repetition

Fichte Reading Group
Text(s): Fichte, Science of Knowledge

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): Freud, Interpretation of Dreams

Summer 2018

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Hegel, "Doctrine of Essence" in Science of Logic

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): Studies on Hysteria, Project for a Scientific Psychology, "The Neuro-Psychoses of Defense," "The Aetiology of Hysteria," and other early essays

Spinoza Reading Group
Text(s): Ethics Books IV and V

Spring 2018

French Reading Group
Text(s): Foucault, History of Sexuality, Vol. I

German Reading Group
Text(s): Heidegger, "Hegel und das Problem der Metaphysik"

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Kant, Religion within the Bounds of Mere Reason; Schelling, "Exhibition of the Process of Nature"

Kant Reading Group
Text(s): Critique of Judgment

Fall 2017

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Schelling, Historical-Critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mythology; Schelling, The Grounding of Positive Philosophy

Freud Reading Group
Text(s): The Ego and the Id; Metapsychological Papers; Papers on Technique; excerpts from Interpretation of Dreams, Psychopathology of Everyday Life, and Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious

Kant Reading Group
Text(s): Critique of Judgment 1-28

Summer 2017

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Schelling, Philosophical Investigations on the Essence of Human Freedom; Schelling, "Stuttgart Seminars"; Schelling, The Ages of the World (1813); Schelling, The Ages of the World (1815); Schelling, "Other Deduction of the Principles of Positive Philosophy"

Spring 2017

French Reading Group
Text(s): Cesaire, "Discours sur le colonialisme"

German Reading Group
Text(s): Fichte, Von der Sprachfähigkeit und dem Ursprung der Sprache

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Schelling, "Universal Deduction of the Dynamic Process, or the Categories of Physics"; Schelling, "On the True Concept of Philosophy of Nature and the Correct Way of Solving Its Problems"; Schelling, "Presentation of My System of Philosophy"; Schelling, "Further Presentations from the System of Philosophy"; Schelling, "System of Philosophy in General and the Philosophy of Nature in Particular"; Schelling, "Concerning the Relation of the Ideal and the Real in Nature"

Leibniz Reading Group
Text(s): Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque

Fall 2016

German Idealism Reading Group
Text(s): Schelling, "Timaeus"; Schelling, "On the Possibility of a Form of All Philosophy"; Schelling, "Of the I as Principle of Philosophy, or On the Unconditional in Human Knowledge"; Schelling, "Philosophical Letters of Dogmatism and Criticism"; Schelling, "New Deduction of Natural Right"; Schelling, "Treatise Explicatory of the Idealism in the Science of Knowledge"; Schelling, First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature

Hegel Reading Group
Text(s): Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit

Spring 2016

Latin Reading Group
Text(s): Spinoza, Ethics

Greek Reading Group
Text(s): Aristotle, Metaphysics

German Reading Group
Text(s): Gadamer, Lob der Theorie

Fall 2015

Latin Reading Group
Text(s): Duns Scotus, Philosophical Writings

Greek Reading Group
Text(s): Plato, Protagoras