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.

Aristotle's Metaphysics

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Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Categories, 1-10 and Metaphysics Book I, Book IV sections 1,2,3; Book VII, sections 1,2,3. by Aristotle: Metaphysics is one of the principal works of Aristotle and the first major work of the branch of philosophy with the same name. At the heart of the book lie three questions. What is existence, and what sorts of things exist in the world? How can things continue to exist, and yet undergo the change we see about us in the natural world? And how can this world be understood? - Wikipedia

Aristotle's Ethics book I

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Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Ethics book I by Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics is one of Aristotle’s most widely read and influential works. Ideas central to ethics--that happiness is the end of human endeavor, that moral virtue is formed through action and habituation, and that good action requires prudence--found their most powerful proponent in the person medieval scholars simply called “the Philosopher.” - Publisher

Republic, Books II to VII

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Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Republic by Plato: One of the greatest works of philosophy, political theory, and literature ever produced, Plato's Republic has shaped Western thought for thousands of years and remains as relevant today as when it was written during the fourth century B.C. Republic begins by posing a central question: "What is justice, and why should we be just, especially when the wicked often seem happier and more successful?" For Plato, the answer lies with the ways people, groups, and institutions organize and behave. A brilliant inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state and the roles education, the arts, family, and religion should play in our lives, Republic employs picturesque settings, sharply outlined characters, and conversational dialogue to drive home the philosopher's provocative arguments. - Publisher

Phaedo

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

The Phaedo of Socrates by Plato: In the dialogue, Socrates discusses the nature of the afterlife on his last day before being executed by drinking hemlock. Socrates has been imprisoned and sentenced to death by an Athenian jury for not believing in the gods of the state (though some scholars think it was more for his support of "philosopher kings" as opposed to democracy) and for corrupting the youth of the city. The dialogue is told from the perspective of one of Socrates' students, Phaedo of Elis. Having been present at Socrates' death bed, Phaedo relates the dialogue from that day to Echecrates, a Pythagorean philosopher. By engaging in dialectic with a group of Socrates' friends, including the Thebans, Cebes, and Simmias, Socrates explores various arguments for the soul's immortality in order to show that there is an afterlife in which the soul will dwell following death. Phaedo tells the story that following the discussion, he and the others were there to witness the death of Socrates. - Wikipedia

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