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.


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

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes 

Should a sovereign or ruler have absolute power?  What is the natural condition of man, and why should we enter into a social contract?  Come find out in our November meeting! We are going to read Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes. You can read Parts I and II in their entirety, but special attention will be given to:
From Part I:  Chapter 6(p.33); Chapter 8(p.45); Chapter 13(p.82): Chapter 14(p.86); Chapter 15(p.95); Chapter 16(p.106).
From Part II:  Chapter 17(p.111); Chapter 18(p.115); Chapter 29(p.212); Chapter 30(p.222).
Philosophy makes you wonder...

To Kill A Mockingbird

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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: For the Philo of Philosophy will be discussing Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which is on the 100 list of PBS's The Great American read. Will to KILL A MOCKINGBIRD be America's favorite book? Come share your thoughts about why TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is such a compelling read, with issues that are as relevant as they are timeless! Philosophy makes you wonder.

Anselm, Aquinas, and From Soul to Self

cover from book from soul to self

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

For our September meeting, we are going to continue with our discussion of Anselm and Aquinas. Please find the links to these readings on our website under July and August. For September, we will read chapter 2, Soul and Self in Ancient Philosophy, and chapter 3, Body, Soul, and Intellect in Aquinas from M. Crabbe’s book From Soul to Self.

You can access these readings here: From Soul to Self

Philosophy makes you wonder.

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.