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 mkapelewski@athenslibrary.org.

Photo of the sculpture Another Place by Antony Gormley.

Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz: The Concept of Substance in Seventeenth Century Metaphysics

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Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

In February, we will be reading an introduction to some of the issues in the philosophy of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. We will be reading the introduction and chapters 2 and 3 of R.S. Woodhouse's Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz: The Concept of Substance in Seventeenth Century Metaphysics. We will be reading sections from the Ethics of Spinoza in March. As always, no prior knowledge of philosophy needed, just your thoughts and ideas!

How do you know You Are Not A Zombie?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

What is it like to be you? How do you know that you are a human, as opposed to a bat? How do you know you are not a zombie? We will discuss these questions in our next meeting. Please find the readings below, with links to access them. No prior knowledge of philosophy needed, just your thoughts and ideas!

"How do you know You Are Not A Zombie?, chapter I from the book Privileged Access: Philosophical Accounts of Self-Knowledge, by Brie Gerter. You can find this chapter using the link below:

How do you know You Are Not A Zombie?

"Why the Mystery?", chapter I of Susan Blackmore's Consciousness: A Very Short Guide. You can find this chapter using the link below:

Why the Mystery?

Principles of Human Knowledge

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Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

We will finish the year with Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge, where he argues for the non-existence of matter, and concludes that only minds and ideas exist. We will also look back at our first year in the Philo of Philosophy book club, and revisit some of the great thinkers we've read. The reading for December's meeting is:

The Principles of Human Knowledge, by George Berkeley

And, from The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, the chapter on Idealism.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is needed, just your thoughts and ideas!

Meditations part 2

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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

In this month's meeting, we are continuing with Descartes's Meditations, in particular Meditations 1, 2, and 6. We are also going to discuss the correspondence between Descartes and Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia. Elizabeth pointed out several concerns regarding Descartes's philosophical thinking. Please read the following article for the correspondence: Article.

Descartes' Meditations. Tom Sorrell's Descartes, A Very Short Introduction is recommended to help understand the main issues.

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