- Seminar leaders: Reynaldo Miranda and David Saussy
- Frequency: Weekly Sessions
- First Session: Thursday, October 6, 2022
- Day and Time: Thursdays 12 pm Eastern/11 am Central/10 Mtn/9 Pacific
- Length of Session: 1.25 Hours per week
- Average pages per week: 1/2 a book/chapter per session.
- Duration of Reading Pathway: End of Quarter 1, 2023
- Private Discussion Forum for Reading Pathway Group (non-Facebook)
- Quarterly Subscription Rate: $250
- Annual Subscription Rate: $750 (1 Free Quarter)
CURRENT Slow Reading Pathway: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: What is human happiness?
1. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Translated by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D Collins. Chicago, 2011.
2. –translated by Joe Sachs, Focus Philosophical Library
New members welcome to join this study. We will be reading Book 3 starting in Q2.
Time: 12 pm EST, 11 am Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific
Meeting duration: 1.25 hours
Meeting frequency: Weekly
Instructors : Reynaldo Miranda and David Saussy
Expected Duration of the Pathway: 4 quarters
The Design of the Pathway
Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is is best suited for our slow, unhurried conversational reading program.
You can read about Aristotle’s Ethics on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and many other sources besides; you can take a lecture course, or buy a DVD set with recorded lectures. But none of these resources will help you do the one thing that is needful, when reading a work such as the Ethics: to engage in a sustained encounter the text itself, with the words of the author himself, as the arguments unfold, and to do so on the basis of your own questioning, and in the context of other serious, curious readers like yourself.
The value of this work is incalculable.
While the “Ethics” is written in the form of dialectical inquiry into the human good and human happiness, it is far more than a theoretical book: it is also a book intended for practice, and as such requires engagement on the part of its readers, an engagement that is served by the practice of serious, purposive – and unhurried! – conversation.
Who is the Ethics for?
Anyone who is interested in understand the roots of Western moral/ethical tradition will be interested in Aristotle’s thinking.
The Ethics will also be of interest to anyone searching for an alternative understanding of the human happiness and the good, i.e. alternative to the conception of the human good as bound by duties, rules, prescriptions inherited from the modern European (especially Kantian) understanding of things.
No prior experience with reading philosophical texts is required. The Ethics is in fact one of the finest introductions to the contemplative life (and the life of action) we know of, especially in the way it can help us understand how the contemplative life might serve the ends of human happiness.
Our goal is to complete the book within two quarters (approximately 24 weeks). We would like to balance the work of unhurried reading against the task of completing the book. To that end, the plan is begin at a snail’s pace, to build our discourse together with the book, and come to terms with what Aristotle is up to in Book 1. When the group is comfortable we will start adjusting the reading lengths.
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