This is my third reading club. My first one dealt primarily with some classics of LDS philosophy. The second one was a reading within Cognitive Science. This one I'm trying something different. I want to make it more accessable to non-philosophers. Also, since we're not focused on someone who was a philosopher, but simply a rather popular LDS scholar, I wanted to make it more open to the casual readers to my blog who are LDS. Although of course everyone is welcome. And I will be touching upon philosophical notions.
What I wanted to do was to take several of Nibley's more philosophical papers and discuss them. They are from one of Nibley's lesser known collections called The Ancient State. The papers we're reading were primarily notes and lectures and thus were never intended for publication. So one must keep that in mind. However they are from rather early on in his career and show him engaging a lot with ancient and Roman thought. As such I think they can be very illuminating for his later writings as well as his views on religion.
This page will provide a list of all the posts on Nibley. If you happen to blog about this at your own blog, I'll put links to it here as well.
The first post deals with what I take to be Nibley's fundamental view of the Mantic as a shared expectation among all groups.
The second post focuses in on how Nibley isn't presenting a traditional sense of religion. Further this non-religious religion is not dogmatic or propositional. Nor is it a kind of imitation.
The third post asks how far Nibley goes in the Platonic direction. What is the other world and the mysteries? I introduce this problem, although I don't attempt to answer it.
The fourth post asks what Nibley means by eschatology and how it relates to the expectant stance he sees under the Mantic view.
The fifth post discusses or at least raises the question of what Nibley means by "other world."
The sixth post summarizes things a bit, expands the field of discussion and then launches in with some prepatory criticism.