Peripatetic School of Philosophy
Location: Founder's Plaza, Balboa Park
West Entrance @ 6th Ave & Laurel St
Time/Date: Every Sunday @ 9am
Derived from its founder, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle; the term "Peripatetic" is a transliteration of the ancient Greek word περιπατητικός (peripatêtikos), which means "of walking" or "given to walking about". The name came from Aristotle's habit of walking while lecturing. Originally , the Peripatetic gatherings were probably conducted less formally than the term "school" suggests: there was likely no set curriculum or requirements for students. In keeping with this tradition, members of Agnostic Alliance International (and their guests) meet each Sunday morning for a "philosophical walk and talk". From the bronze statues at the Founder's Plaza, to the great geyser of the Bea Evenson Fountain (and then back) - our casual stroll beneath the museum colonnades is the perfect backdrop to inspire philosophical debates on a multitude of topics. Bring bottled water, sunscreen and an eagerness for logical, social discourse.
The Epicuric Garden
Location: Zoro Garden, Balboa Park
The Sunken Stone Grotto Garden
Time/Date: Every Sunday @ 12-noon
Located between the San Diego History Center & Reuben H. Fleet Science Center; the Zoro Garden was designed as a nudist colony in 1935, and today is a butterfly garden containing various nectar plants and numerous species of butterflies. Members of Agnostic Alliance International meet here in honor of the ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus, whose 'school' was based in the garden of his house. Called simply "The Garden", this school had a small but devoted following in his lifetime. A key figure in the development of science and the scientific method, Epicurus also emphasized friendship as an important ingredient of happiness, and the school resembled in many ways a community of friends living together. So pack a lunch and join us each Sunday for a relaxing afternoon picnic and discussions reminiscent of those masters of ancient Greek philosophy.
"I Drink. Therefore, I Am" Symposium
Location: San Diego Wine Steals
1243 University Avenue
Time/Date: Every Thursday @ 7pm
In ancient Greece, the symposium (Greek συμπόσιον symposion, from συμπίνειν sympinein, "to drink together") was a drinking party. Literary works that describe or take place at a symposium include two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium, as well as a number of Greek poems such as the elegies of Theognis of Megara. Symposia are depicted in Greek and Etruscan art that shows similar scenes.
In honor of these mental masters - and their desire for drink - Agnostic Alliance International ® (AAI) members gather each Thursday night for some philosophical chit-chat - and wine-sipping to go with that - designed to excite both the mind and the palette... because we're So Happy It's Thursday!
Agnostic Alliance International (AAI) encourages its members to create similar groups and social events within their own communities; in an effort to teach a true understanding of agnosticism and the power which comes from the principles of logic. Please feel free to share your own experiences - and to guide and encourage your fellow agnostics.