Photo of the sculpture Another Place by Antony Gormley.

For the Philo of Philosophy

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Ever wonder what philosophers wonder about? Then our new book discussion group, For the Philo of Philosophy, is for you! We'll read philosophy books from the ancient Greeks to modern times. These discussions will be led by a former adjunct professor of philosophy. For the Philo of Philosophy meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. For information, email

Photo of the sculpture Another Place by Antony Gormley.

Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives

virtue bookcoverThursday, August 15, 2019 6PM Heritage Room Conference Room

The reading for our next meeting is Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives, by William Werpehowski.  Please feel free to read the entire book, but  I will pay particular attention to sections I, II, and IV in our discussion. 

Section I is titled "Why Virtue?"; Section II is titled:  "Virtue, Conscience, and Public Life", and Section IV is titled: "Virtue and Moral Failure". These essays are particularly timely and frankly, necessary to read and think about the issues raised and discussed therein. 

"The scope of interest and reflection on virtue and the virtues is as wide and deep as the questions we can ask about what makes a moral agent's life decent, or noble, or holy rather than cruel, or base, or sinful; or about the conditions of human character and circumstance that make for good relations between family members, friends, workers, fellow citizens, and strangers, and the sorts of conditions that do not. Clearly these questions will inevitably be directed to more finely grained features of everyday life in particular contexts. Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives takes up these questions. In its ten timely and original chapters, it considers the specific importance of virtue ethics, its public significance for shaping a society's common good, the value of civic integrity, warfare and returning soldiers 'sense of enlarged moral responsibility, the care for and agency of children in contemporary secular consumer society, and other questions involving moral failure, humility, and forgiveness."
See all of our previous readings and discussion topics at the Philo for Philosophy website. 
Philosophy  makes you wonder....

Practical Ethics

man in forest

July 18, 2019 6PM

Can one man single-handedly grow a forest? 
Come discuss the virtuous Elzeard Bouffier, and how he changed the lives of many generations after years of silent and patient effort to change his environment.  What can we learn about practical ethics from Elzeard Bouffier?  Come share your thoughts about this beautiful, and philosophical, story.  
Philosophy  makes you wonder...

Is a Dolphin a Person?

Philosophy, like speaking prose, is something have to do all our lives, well or badly, whether we notice it or not. Mary Midgley quote with Dolphin

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

"In honor of Mary Midgley, and extending our dialogues about personhood,  For the Philo of Philosophy will read her article "Is a Dolphin a Person"

We are also  going to read  about Descartes's view on animals analyzed from the perspective of two contemporary scholars in Peter Harrison's article: "Descartes on Animals".  Lastly, I am including a link to a New York Times article about a case where two dolphins were set free, and the question whether dolphins can be considered as persons and subject to ethical rights,  was at issue(which is discussed in the Midgley essay).  Come join us May 16th for another round of very interesting conversations!  Philosophy makes you wonder...