Reading and Film Group

Our Reading and Film Group takes place every Tuesday evening. The group follows a block schedule, starting with two weeks of reading groups. This is followed by a film screening every third week, in relation to the relevant philosophical issues. Block 1 will be on Psychoanalysis and will be held during Weeks 1-3 of Semester 1. The pdfs of the readings can be found below.

Reading and Film Group Fall 2021

SEMESTER 1, BLOCK 1: Psychoanalysis


21/09Civilisation and Its Discontents by Sigmund FreudIn person at Braid in the Pleasance from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
28/09The Depressed Person by David Foster WallaceTBC
05/10A Clockwork Orange by Stanley KubrickTBC


Civilisation and Its Discontents

The Depressed Person

Details about the Film/ Reading Group Structure:

  • Our main goal is to work through the core argument of each text and, patience and time permitting, some of the nuances, objections, and responses.
  • The reading group will progress in blocks of  2 readings and 1 film, and we have set films and readings that are related or linked together in some way.  However,  each week is entirely comprehensible in isolation. Even if you are interested in only one of the papers, or just the film, or both of the papers but not the film, you are still more than welcome to attend!
  • Don’t be intimidated by any of the texts. It is rare that a philosophical text will be completely clear to the reader upon first attempt. Ideas and arguments will need to be teased out through further thinking and sometimes repeated reading, especially if the writing is overly technical or pompous (something not uncommon in this discipline).
  • We still encourage those interested to come to the reading group even if they have not read the text in its entirety, or they are uncertain about the core argument. The  point of the reading group is to facilitate understanding of the reading in a comfortable setting, so do not be afraid if you have questions or want to go over certain things more slowly or in more detail.
  • For more technical, in-depth guidelines on how to read a philosophy paper, we recommend Jim Pryor’s guide.