Tales Study Group Meetings

The first five meetings include an educational component focused on teaching attendees the concepts and techniques they need to understand in order to profit from reading The Tales. After that attendees will be able to and encouraged to put these techniques into practice.

#1: Philology & Research

Aside from discussing the first few pages of the book, the first study group meeting will discuss the importance of Philology (the study of word meanings and origins) and factual research (investigating the context of some of the text) to understanding The Tales.

#2: English Typography

Aside from reading and discussing the next several pages of the book, the second study group meeting will discuss the importance of Gurdjieff’s use of English typography to convey meaning in The Tales.

#3: Symbolism & Allegory

Aside from reading and discussing the next set of pages, the third study group meeting will discuss the importance of allegory, metaphor, and symbolism in reading The Tales. In particular, it is important to realize that in the text Gurdjieff switches from cosmos to cosmos right under the eye of the reader.

 

#4: Intentional Inexactitudes

Aside from reading and discussing the next several pages of the book, the fourth study group meeting will discuss Gurdjieff’s use of intentional inexactitudes to draw attention to the text of The Tales.

#5 : Neologisms

Gurdjieff invents and uses hundreds of new words (neologisms) in The Tales. Also, many of the names of invented characters have a definite meaning. Before going on to read and discuss the next set of pages from The Tales, this meeting examines Gurdjieff’s use of neologisms and what we can do to unlock their meaning.

#6 and onwards...

Meeting #6 and all subsequent meetings will consist of a reading of about 10 pages of The Tales followed by discussions on the meaning of the text.