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Book Ends : Philosophy Book Discussion Group

A bi-monthly book group dedicated to the great philosophers of our time and their works.  Moderator, Robert Brantl Esq; leads the group covering philosophical ideas found in essays, the classics to recently published works.  Each topic is studied over a lengthy period lasting several months.  Members are required to obtain copies of discussion material. 

October - December  2018 and into February 2019 * EXTENDED (due to Feb snow closure) to: March 12th

TITLE: Metaphysics​   by, Aristotle.  A copy which has numbers in the margins will help focus on points in the text.  The principal works of Aristotle and the first major work of the branch of philosophy with the same name. The principal subject is "being qua being," or being insofar as it is being. It examines what can be asserted about any being insofar as it is and not because of any special qualities it has. Also covered are different kinds of causationform and matter, the existence of mathematical objects, and a prime-mover God.

March - June 2019

Title:  An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by, David Hume

 pdf copy is available online to download for free.  A copy of the Project Gutenberg ebook is also available.

 A hard copy of the book is available for extended checkout at the circulation desk.

Hume, (born May 7 [April 26, Old Style], 1711, Edinburgh, Scotland—died August 25, 1776, Edinburgh), Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism.  

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understandingis an attempt to define the principles of human knowledge. It poses in logical form significant questions about the nature of reasoning in regard to matters of fact and experience, and it answers them by recourse to the principle of association. The basis of Hume’s exposition is a twofold classification of objects of awareness. In the first place, all such objects are either “impressions,” data of sensation or of internal consciousness, or “ideas,” derived from such data by compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing. In the second place, there are two approaches to construing meaning: an analytical one, which concentrates on the “relations of ideas,” and an empirical one, which focuses on “matters of fact.” - Britannica .com