The Diogenesis Table Society -- Updated 2018/3/28
Contact us on our official Discord server.
The Diogenesis Table Society is an amalgamation of people involved in academic
philosophy, programming, technology, and other various fields. The Diogenesis Table
Society is particularly focused on transhumanism as a general framework for advancing
man but is also focused on technology and philosophy with the aims of acheiving
something relevant to those fields by applying our members' skills directly to them.
Like most contemporary table societies, this one exists out of and for leisure, but
the individual members are all involved in projects aimed at acheiving major goals
related to our group focus and so we are an active society that contributes to our
respective fields. The academic journal articles we publish and research we conduct as
a group are added to our résumés.
The Diogenesis Table Society was founded on June 19th, the same day the FCC was
founded by the US government. We have had various online forums operate under the name
FCC, short for Fuckery Command Center, which worked against the verbal limitations
placed on society by organizations like the Federal Communications Commission.
Diogenesis works against these limitations as well as others.
You can sit in on some of our lectures and debates by joining our discord server,
but to be an official member you have to be formally vetted. The large majority of the
vetting process is examination in formal logic related to philosophical questions,
which are as follows:
Unless stated otherwise, this reading list and a demonstration
of its moderate understanding is mandatory for acceptance.
1. Why is Philosophy (and this group) not a waste of my time?
Apology by Plato - [archive/Plato-Apology.pdf]
“Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as
possible, and similarly with reputation and honour, and give no attention or
thought to truth and understanding, and the perfection of your soul?”
2. But isn’t Socrates, and if philosophy is to be useful today, merely after a
‘clarification of language’?
Cratylus by Plato - [https://genius.com/Plato-cratylus-full-text-annotated]
“And now suppose that I ask a similar question about names: will you answer me?
Regarding the name as an instrument, what do we do when we name?”
3. What is a Sophist? How are they distinguished from a Philosopher?
Sophist by Plato - [https://genius.com/Plato-sophist-full-text-annotated]
“Let us, then, examine our imitator of appearance, and see whether he is sound,
like a piece of iron, or whether there is still some crack in him.”
4. But when I see red, that might be a case in which my red is possibly different
than your red, so how can anyone claim to know anything?
Wittgenstein’s Private Language Meditations (on the Lockean, Humean, and possibly
Cartesian doctrines of Ideas whose philosophical inheritors are known as
Empiricists and Positivists today). Read from remark 243–304; remark 243 is at
page 48 of 129 in the PDF -
“But in the present case I have no criterion of correctness. One would like to
say: whatever is going to seem right to me is right. And that only means that here
we can't talk about 'right'.”
“If you say he sees a private picture before him, which he is describing, you have
still made an assumption about what he has before him. And that means that you can
describe it or do describe it more closely. If you admit that you haven't any
notion what kind of thing it might be that he has before him—then what leads you
into saying, in spite of that, that he has something before him?”
5. What then is the criterion of Knowledge?
Theatetus by Plato - [https://genius.com/Plato-theaetetus-full-text-annotated]
“And is the discovery of the nature of knowledge so small a matter, as just now
said? Is it not one which would task the powers of men perfect in every way?”
:: Our Rules - each is a maxim paired with an aphorism ::
1] Never take anything any of the other members say wholly seriously.
To be both half-serious and half-joking is the comedian ideal.
2] In all communications, charge your intention solely with amusement.
"That which cannot withstand mockery is false."
3] Always follow through on what you say you will do, even if you were only joking.
Saying you are going to commit some fuckery merits at least its attempt.
4] If a member dies before their task is completed, the rest shall see it completed.
As in life, so shall we continue our amusement in the infinite joke of death.
5] If a member is found unlawful we needn't aid them in their acts, nor aid the Law.
Silence on an event can provide more amusement than speaking and ending it.
6] No single member is above the other, lest you believe in power from naught.
Great men can't be ruled, but they can be hung, drawn, and quartered.
7] No newest member is to invite another, nor latest inviter to invite subsequently.
The child is to be educated before it is given a position of governance.
8] All invitees must be vetted, a vote will dictate if they are accepted.
None of us are as smart as all of us.
9] Every member is to know every aspect of our Heraldic Acheivements.
To be a healthy organ of a body is to be a tool of its success.
10] If a member is to be kicked, a vote shall be held where the majority decides.
Let us not rail about justice while we have arms and the porn to use them.
11] Failure to follow any rule will automatically initiate a kick vote.
Lying is fine when it doesn't affect anyone, but certain lies affect us all.
12] Missing three meetings in a row results in automatic removal from the society.
There is no honor in your failure to keep promises to others.