Do you desire to have stimulating conversations with intelligent people about crucial and timely topics?

Would you like to explore how literature, philosophy, the arts, psychoanalysis, religion, and other areas of the humanities might help us find creative solutions to current problems, personal and social?

If so, I hope you will join me. I am offering seminars for the public. Each seminar runs for 5 weeks, 2.5 hours each session, and costs $195. I am calling this project Incite Seminars.  That's Incite, as in Latin incitare, "rouse, urge, encourage, stimulate;" and Seminar as in Latin seminarium, "breeding ground, plant nursery," and German Seminar, "meeting of small group to discuss a topic intensively." 


The seminars are held at Cultureworks in Philadelphia. The next one is "Philosophical Concepts for Thinking," and will begin on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 6-8:30 pm. Scroll down for more information. Details and FAQs about Incite Seminars. 


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All seminars are held at Cultureworks, 1315 Walnut St, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107, unless otherwise stated.

Current and Upcoming Seminars

Philosophical Concepts for Thinking

Hannah Arendt famously condemned Adolf Eichmann not for being an inhuman monster who methodically arranged Nazi death camp logistics. No, she condemned him for being all-too-human in his refusal or inability to think. Are we thinking today? This seminar is a kind of smorgasbord of concepts from western philosophy that are aimed at enhancing our capacity for incisive and expansive thought. We will read extracts from, for example, Hannah Arendt, Gilles Deleuze, Georg Hegel, François Laruelle, and Peter Sloterdijk.  


Time: Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm,

April 5-May 3 (five sessions).

Instructor: Glenn Wallis

Critical Introduction to Buddhist Thought

Buddhism is enjoying great popularity in the West. This is not surprising. Buddhist thought, after all, claims to offer wise insight into many of the weighty matters that concern us today. This seminar will explore foundational Buddhist ideas. It will, however, do so critically. That is, we will also be asking whether or not Buddhist thought is up to the task of stimulating meaningful personal and social change here and now.


Time: Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30pm, February 15-March 22.

Instructor: Glenn Wallis

Introduction to the Frankfurt School

A recent article in The New Yorker blares: "The Frankfurt School Knew Donald Trump was Coming." No less subtle, a recent book review insists "if you want to understand the age of Trump, you need to read the Frankfurt School." This seminar offers an introduction into the main lines of thought of the practice of critical theory as developed by Frankfurt School thinkers such as Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Walter Benjamin.

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Winter 2017

Starting enrollment for public course "Philosophical Concepts for Thinking." Information on Incite Seminars page. Make thinking great again!


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Thanks to a generous donation, we have two scholarships for the seminar "Philosophical Concepts for Thinking" beginning February 15th. Visit the FAQ page.


New post at Speculative Non-Buddhism: "Buddhofascism:

B. Alan Wallace, For Instance."


"Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti," my contribution to the new book Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer Publishing, 2016) at Speculative Non-Buddhism.


Fall 2016

Ruin records He-Ho and Fiat Lux are being re-released with bonus tracks! Read about it at Earsplit. You can also pre-order directly from Southern Lord.


New essay by Tom Pepper, "Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?," at the SNB blog.


Spring 2016

I recently did two interviews with Matthew O'Connell at the Imperfect Buddha podcast.


A thoughtful discussion of the Speculative Non-Buddhism project at the Imperfect Buddha podcast. Link at SNB.


Summer 2016

* Several new posts at Lines of Flight.

* Cruel Theory | Sublime Practice is now available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Read an informed review at the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.


* New interview with my Ruin band mate Cordy Swope at Seymour Magazine.


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