Literature meets philosophy: Jorge Luis Borges, a passion for ancient Greek philosophy

Workshop at Beton7

First meeting: November 9, 2016 | 6-8 pm / Beton7

I am an Argentine adrift in the sea of metaphysics”

-J. L. Borges (from an interview)

Borges had a passion for philosophy and, in particular, for ancient Greek philosophy. Thus, the notion of the infinite and the ontological riddles of the Ionian Presocratics, the paradoxes of Zeno of Elea, the skepticism of the Sophists, and the mystical theology of the Platonists (just to mention a few examples) became Borges’ philosophical stuff; with that stuff he created some of his most relevant poems and short stories.

Cafe-philo: Friedrich Nietzsche and 'The Birth of Tragedy'

Next meeting:

Friday, December 16, 2016, at 7 p.m.

On Friday, November 25, we had our first meeting: an occasion to speak about Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy and its influence on the young Nietzsche. Now it's time to start the discussion on "The Birth of Tragedy", a key book to understand Nietzsche's aesthetics. So, on Friday, Dec. 16., we will concentrate on the first part of that book: on the very origin of Greek tragedy. (Please read sections 1-7)

FAQs: I can't attend the whole seminar. Can I just attend one or two meetings?

- Yes, of course. You're welcome. Nevertheless, try to read the sections that we will discuss during the meeting.

How much does it cost?

- Admission free! Consider, though, that the Theatre Dionysos et Apollon is run by an association of artists living in Athens. You're welcome to make a small donation.

Is the cafe-philo only for philosophers?

- Not at all! It's for everyone interested in philosophy.

My English is not that good... is it a problem?

- Relax! The discussions are held in English, but participants can read the bibliography in their own languages. Notice also that many participants are from all over the world. If you can understand and speak English, no matter how slowly, then you can attend the meetings!

And where's the book?

- Follow this link.

Place: Theatre Dionysus and Apollo

http://www.theatre-dionysos-apollon.com/

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Cafe-philo: Friedrich Nietzsche and 'The Birth of Tragedy' (3)

Next meeting:

Friday, January 20, 2017, at 7 p.m.

At the coming meeting, we will continue the discussion on Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy". This time we will concentrate on the second part of the book, the "socratism" and the "fall" of tragedy and the tragic culture of the Greeks.

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

FAQs:

I can't attend the whole Nietzsche seminar. Can I just attend one or two meetings?

- Yes, of course. You're always welcome.

How much does it cost?

- Admission free! Consider, though, that the Theatre Dionysos et Apollon is run by an association of artists living in Athens. You're welcome to make a small donation.

Is the cafe-philo only for philosophers?

- Not at all! It's open to everyone interested in philosophy.

My English is not that good... is it a problem?

- Relax! If you can understand and speak English, no matter how slowly, then you can attend the meetings!

If you want to read "The Birth of Tragedy" in English, then follow this link.

Where are the meetings?

At Theatre Dionysus and Apollo. Just visit the website:

http://www.theatre-dionysos-apollon.com/

We have two new Facebook sites: 

https://www.facebook.com/cafephiloathens/posts/

https://www.facebook.com/familleartistique/