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 Philosophy                                                           

 

Philosophy is defined as the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life. The word "philosophy" comes from the Ancient Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom". The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras.[

 

the thinker1Most scholars have observed two approaches to this endeavor. Truth is either proven by using our senses OR it is an intrinsic aspect of our being. Another definition is “the Pursuit of wisdomor a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means or an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs.

I decided to become familiar with all the philosophers of the ages to see what they thought. I read "The Everything Philosophy Book" by James Mannion. After reading it cover to cover, I decided to start a philosophy club here in Hendersonville, NC.

 

Welcome to Sagers!

 

Our Charter:
The pursuit and application of Truth in our lives.

 

Sagers is a developing philosophy club located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. VE is planning to expand it to the virtual community and invites you to check us out. Each member becomes a spokesperson (or "Sager") for a recognized philosopher and is required to become an expert on their chosen "Sage". At each meeting or on-line forum, one Philosopher ("Sager") is chosen to facilitate the discussions. An exchange of like and opposite views are briefly presented. All Spiritual beliefs are welcome. Dialogue (not debate) is our only rule.

At the end of the discussion, the facilitator summarizes all views and participants are now more familiar with the many schools of thought. Respect for all views are required. Active listening is important. Fellowship is encouraged. Enlightenment is pursued! Look for details in the coming months to join us on our journey!

What is a Sager?

 

Main Entry: sa·ger/ Function: noun / Inflected Form(s): plural sa·gers / /  Etymology: Middle English from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere to taste, have good taste, be wise; akin to Oscan sipus knowing, Old Saxon ansebbian to perceive,First Known Use: 14th century : (taken from the fictitious VE Dictionary of new meanings and vocabularies designed for the 21st century and beyond)

 

A Sager is a person who has studied a great thinker and can explain the basic beliefs of that philosoher. The Sager may or may not be in complete agreement with the Sage they have chosen, but may carry silmilar opinions on the mysteries of life. 

History of Our Club 

Sagers started as a response to the lack of true meaningful dialogue in our society today. Public Servants have turned into Politcians. Faith has  turned into Religion. Teachers and Mentors are forced to lower standardsParenting was once a preparation responsibility but now it is a protection duty.                                                                            
 
The evolution of our species is moving from development  to decline. It is time that the neighborhood get back to critical thinking and create a better society right here in our own back yard. The great thinkers of the ages can be a wonderful and rich place to start. Different times, different languages, different cultures, different peoples but the same ideal: we all wish to pursue the beauty and purity of Truth.  

 

How can I get started? 

Start by finding your favorite philosopher or thinker and read up on their vision of the world. I have chosen Kant because he wanted to use both the reasoned approach AND the intrinsic approach to seek the Truth. He was killed for that view because both sides saw him as a threat to their “school” of thinking. Below is a list of the 75 most popular philosophers. 

Peter Abelard   Saul Kripke
Anselm of Canterbury   Thomas Kuhn
Hannah Arendt   Lao Tzu
Thomas Aquinas   Gottfried Leibniz
Aristotle   John Locke
Augustine of Hippo   Niccolo Machiavelli
Averroes   Moses Maimonides
Avicenna   Karl Marx
A.J. Ayer   John Stuart Mill
Francis Bacon   G.E. Moore
Pierre Bayle   Friedrich Nietzche
Simone de Beauvoir   Robert Nozick
Jeremey Bentham   William of Ockham
George Berkeley   Parmenides
Boethius   Blaise Pascal
Albert Camus   C.S. Peirce
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Plato
Confucius   Plotinus
Donald Davidson   Karl Popper
Democritus   W.V.O. Quine
Rene Descartes   Ayn Rand
John Dewey   John Rawls
John Duns Scotus   Thomas Reid
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Epictetus   Bertrand Russell
Epicurus   Jean-Paul Sartre
Michel Foucault   Arthur Schopenhauer
Gottlob Frege   John Searle
G.W.F. Hegel   Adam Smith
Martin Heidegger   Socrates
Heraclitus   Baruch Spinoza
Thomas Hobbes   Henry David Thoreau
David Hume   Voltaire
Edmund Husserl   Alfred North Whitehead
William James   Ludwig Wittgenstein
Karl Jaspers   Mary Wollstonecraft
Immanuel Kant   Zeno of Elea
Soren Kierkegaard

Pick one to look up and then go to the Stanford on-line philosophy webpage here to learn more about them.  Once you pick one, contact me and we can start to add you to our discussions. Stay tuned!

 

 

Below you will find links to other perspectives. 

These are not necessarily specific to philosophy but more descriptive to how varied the human experience can be!

 

Noetic Sciences:
http://www.noetic.org/about/vision.cfm

 

  

Contender Ministries:

http://contenderministries.org/index.php

 

 

The Four Agreements:

http://www.miguelruiz.com/the-four-agreements-introductory-video/

Click here to find out what they are.

 

The Seven Habits:
http://www.franklincovey.com/tc/

Click here to find out what they are.

 

 

DNA:

Where do we come from? As a conversation starter, Sagers challenges you to explore your ancestry.  You may be surprised to find out where you are really from!

 

Native American Migration

DNA News Archive

 

 

Our Charter:

The pursuit and application of Truth in our lives.