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.

Aquinas's Five Ways

Painting of St. Thomas Aquinas. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

On this meeting of For the Philo of Philosophy, we will continue with Aquinas's Five Ways from our July meeting. We will also discuss St. Anselm's ontological argument from his Proslogion, chapter 3. We will discuss chapters I-IV of the Proslogion; Gaunilo's reply "In Behalf of the Fool", and Edgar Danielyan "On behalf of St. Anselm."

St. Anselm's Proslogion, from Fordham University

Here is a link to Gaunilo's "In Behalf of the Fool: A Response to St. Anselm"

Edgar Danielyan "On behalf of St. Anselm"

Philosophy makes you wonder.

Five Ways, Summa, Question 2, The Existence of God

Painting of St. Thomas Aquinas. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

On this meeting of For the Philo of Philosophy, we will read St. Thomas Aquinas' proofs of the existence of God known as the Quinque Viae, or the Five Ways. The five ways are on Part I of the Summa Theologica, question 2, article 3.

Here is a link to a translation of the Summa Theologica, by Prof. Alfredo Freddoso: Summa Theologica

And here is a link to an article by Marcar, G.P.: Aquinas' Quinque Viae: Fools, Evil, and the Hiddenness of God

Frankenstein

book cover

Thursday, June 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

For the Philo of Philosophy, in participation with PBS's Great American Read, will read and discuss Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. We will also read Henk van den Belt's essay "Playing God in Frankenstein's Footsteps: Synthetic Biology and the Meaning of Life." Come discuss how one of the greatest novels ever written is also one of the most philosophical! Philosophy makes you wonder! Click on the links below to access the readings.

Frankenstein

Playing God in Frankenstein's Footsteps: Synthetic Biology and the Meaning of Life

Aristotle's Metaphysics

book cover

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

In this meeting of our book club, I want to review and discuss a lot of the terms we have learned about in the last year. It will be very informative and entertaining. I also want to discuss some exciting news, and talk about future movie/book discussions I have in mind. Thinking about joining our book club? This would be a great time to catch up! Come and join For the Philo of Philosophy, where we can see, read, and talk all about Philosophy!