Greetings Curious Souls!
I'm excited to announce our upcoming fall workshop!
After our spring and summer work on alienation, and our efforts to recognize and diagnose estrangement and oppression in its various forms, we are switching gears and taking a look at a text that just might offer us some solutions: Martin Buber's I and Thou.
I and Thou is a uniquely spiritual, poetic, and inspiring work that encourages us to consider the different attitudes with which we approach other beings in the world, and the consequences of such approaches. On the one hand, we may approach other beings as fragmented objects or things to examine, predict, or use. On the other hand we may approach them as whole beings that address us and that we address, that shape us as we shape them, and that interact and experience mutual recognition with us. In Buber's words, we might approach other beings as "It" or as "You." We might create monological "I-It" experiences with other beings, or dialogical "I-Thou" encounters. Come discover how the different relations forged by these approaches are central in defining who we are and how we live. Increase your awareness of your own practices, and consider strategies for change.
I'm excited for our first workshop in which we will work carefully through an entire text together, and I think we've picked the perfect "food for the soul" to help us stay grounded and make it through the election season. Our workshop will be four Saturday afternoons -- Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19. See our workshop webpage to learn more and to register.
Monica Vilhauer, founder of Curious Soul Philosophy, designs and leads workshops and retreats that approach philosophy as a way of life. She also offers one-on-one philosophical counseling for adults.