Over the last several years, we’ve partnered with local libraries – in New York in the past, and now in Wisconsin – to provide year-long monthly lecture series discussing ideas or issues in philosophy, oriented towards a general, non-academic audience. This year, we’ve partnered with the Brookfield Public Library, and we’re offering a series focused on philosophical themes within the worlds developed by classic science-fiction and fantasy authors.
The first session – focused on a few general themes and setting out the plan for the series – was very well attended, and we had an excellent discussion. You can watch the recording of the session here. The next session, on February 11, will focus on several key themes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth – metaphysics of creation, anger’s disruptive effects in separating the good from each other, the ethical boundaries between good and evil, and the temptations of the one ring.