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Englewood Public Library 1000 Englewood PkwyEnglewood, CO 80110
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The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: Is Morality Self-Evident or Taught?
Date: 12/17/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: What is morality? There is an aphorism, “manners maketh man,” which implies that manners are fundamental to our humanity. However, do good manners equate to morally upright behavior? In his book, The Fundamentals of the Metaphysics of Morality, German Philosopher Immanuel Kant explains the essential metaphysical laws governing moral experience. He argues that these laws are metaphysical in that they can be discerned "a priori," i.e. by the exercise of pure reason and without external reference. In Metaphysics, Kant lays the foundation for his entire philosophy by developing the concept of a "Categorical Imperative," an absolute, unconditional requirement that must be obeyed in all circumstances, justified as an end in itself. Simply stated: Act only when you can will that such action should become a Universal Law for all mankind.  Freemasonry has been described as "a peculiar system of morality." Is morality specific to certain groups of individuals or universal for all of humanity? Is correct moral action self-evident or must it be taught?  Join the discussion to learn more about Masonry, morality, and the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant.  

How is surrealism a key to harmonizing the sub- and conscious minds?
Date: 1/21/2020 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Surrealism is an artistic movement that began in 1924. Known for its unusual and mind-provoking images and writings, surrealism works to integrate the subconscious with the conscious mind. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo are renowned for their artistic understanding of surrealism. We will interpret some of these famous artists' work in pursuit of better understanding of the human psyche and the realm of principles as well as its juxtaposition to Freemasonry.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
Physicist
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