We have a dinner meeting on the last Thursday of each month, except during holidays to entertain . . . something about Philosophy.
We've sponsored distinguished speakers, focused on special topics, paid tribute to distinguished Philosophers, and studied select readings.
We meet at Au Lac, and respect a comfortable seating size of 20. Please RSVP responsibly, respecting the restaurant and your fellow philosophers.
We'll continue with Ancient Philosophy, reading chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Julia Annas' "Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction."
4 Reason, knowledge and scepticism 55
5 Logic and reality 75
6 When did it all begin? (and what is it anyway?) 94
"How should you introduce a country? With an abstract map of its terrain? Or would it be better to show a beautiful picture (or several) to stand for the whole--say the Taj Majal for India--something to lure and enchant the would-be traveler?
Julia Annas chooses the latter strategy. Her introduction leads the reader right to the heart of some of the most important questions of early philosophy: the dichotomy between passion and reason; the nature of the self; whether or not there is a goal to life; what logic is and why it is desirable and necessary; whether knowing is possible; the ways in which we explore the nature and pattern of the universe through science.
Annas' strength is her ability to express the fundamental questions of early philosophy with great clarity and to follow-up with very succinct descriptions of how they were treated by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and a range of other early philosophers.
Her treatment of The Republic (Penguin Classics) is especially strong. She shows us how from Jowett onwards it came te be regarded primarily as a political work. However, she shows that the work takes up a much broader question, the relation between virtue and happines. Plato sketches the structure of an ideal society as a model for the structure of the soul. Annas provides a good, quick overview of the work itself while demonstrating the ways in which interpretations have varied during different historical periods." [From an Amazon Review]