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The Life of the Mind

Facilitator: Amogh Sahu (Columbia University)

Group Overview: 

What is thinking? What is it to think well? What conditions do we need, or what strategies might we employ, to be good thinkers? Why might we believe it is important to think well?

In this seven-week course, we will consider such questions by doing a comparative reading of two books: The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges and Lost in Thought by Zena Hitz. Though these books are from different periods - Sertillanges was writing in the 1920s, while Hitz’s book was released in 2020 - they both give us a useful framework through which to consider these issues. Along the way, we will juxtapose each author’s views with short extracts from other thinkers such as James Baldwin, Kwasi Wiredu, Leo Strauss, Judith Butler, Audre Lorde, Theodor Adorno, and Friedrich Nietzsche. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required.

Date and Time:
Weekly from Wednesday 15 May to Wednesday 26 June 2024
11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UK/8pm CET (on Zoom)
Each session will last one hour

Group Leader:

Amogh Sahu is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Columbia University. He works on issues concerning the unity of theory and practice in ethics, meta-ethics, and social/political areas. He is currently writing a dissertation on the methodological foundations of critical theory, focused on a logical reconstruction of Max Horkheimer's work.

Booking details:

  • The group size will be limited to 15 people. Priority access and discounted tickets will be available for our Patreon supporters.

  • Participants will need to obtain copies of both set texts.

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  • You can register for this group using the "Register Now" button on this page

15 May to 26 June 2024 (weekly)

One hour sessions from 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UK/8pm CET on Zoom

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