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.

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...  

Personal Identity & What is a Person

robotic head

Where and When:  Heritage Room Conference Room, Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 6 pm.

For our April 18th meeting, we are continuing our discussions on the problems of the questions of personal identity and  what is a person.  We will continue using the readings from February and March listed on the For the Philo of Philosophy book club page .  I am adding the following 3 new readings for April's meeting:  the preface and a chapter from Klaus Petrus's book On Human Persons, "Is My Head a Person?", written by Michael B. Burke,  and Boethius's  definition of person from his Treatise Against Euthyches and Nestorius. 
Attached are the selections in English from Boethius's treatise and a link to the entire manuscript in Project Guttenberg.  Supplemental links include an article written by Sharon Waxman for the New York Times,  A Strange Loss of Face, More than Embarrassing, and to the book How to Build an Android, by David F. Dufty, for those interested in the true life story of how the robotic head of Philip K. Dick went missing.
We will continue discussing Blade Runner, and  I will make references to the movies The Stepford Wives(1975), and Ex Machina, so please try to find them and watch them if possible. We will select one of these for a movie showing at the library for a movie screening at the library. The discussions have been very interesting, and I will write a study guide to use at the meeting. 
Philosophy makes you wonder...
From Klaus Petrus's  On Human Persons, Michael Burke's Is My Head a Person?:
From Klaus Petrus's On Human Persons, Preface:
Link to Boethius's Treatise Against Euthychus and Nestorius:
Link to the article A Strange Loss of Face, More than Embarrassing, by Sharon Waxman for the New York Times, on the story of the lost robotic  head of Philip K. Dick:

Nature of Personal Identity

john locke book cover Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

For the March meeting of For the Philo of Philosophy we are continuing with the February readings listed on the website, and adding two more:  Phillip K. Dick's short story Beyond Lies the Wub, and from the book Anatomy of a Robot, the chapter: The Existential Cyborg.  These readings will add more depth to our already very interesting discussions on what it is to be human, what it is to be a person, what is personal identity and beyond.   March 21st, 6pm. Heritage Room Conference Room.   New members always welcome!  Philosophy makes you wonder...

You can access the books here: 
John Locke's Essay on Human Understanding, chapter XXVII Of Identity and Diversity.
Chapter 6, Identity Crisis
Phillip K. Dick's Beyond Lies the Wub
From the book Anatomy of a Robot, the chapter called The Existential Cyborg.