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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. 

Date:  January - April 2020

Title:  Introduction To Metaphysics  by, Martin Heidegger

A pdf copy can be obtained online to download and read. 
According to Heidegger, the fundamental question of metaphysics is "why are there beings at all instead of nothing?"[3] From this fundamental question Heidegger extracts a prior question about the relation to Being; or "How does it stand with Being?"[4] This is to be answered through an analysis of Greek poetry, the etymology of the word 'being', and of the answers given by philosophers such as ParmenidesHeraclitusAristotle, and Immanuel Kant. To Heidegger, this question is not purely an academic endeavour, for metaphysics grounds an age, by giving "that age the basis upon which it is essentially formed".[5] The question thus inherently implicates the totality of human Dasein, and is asked so as to "restore the historical Dasein of human beings ... back to the power of Being that is to be opened up originally".[4] This opens up the discussion of socio-political entanglements of Dasein and Heidegger's notion of the "inner truth and greatness" of National Socialism.  - Wikipedia

Date:  April - June 2020

Title:  On The Plurality Of Worlds  by, David Lewis

A pdf copy can be obtained online to download and read. 
On the Plurality of Worlds (1986)[1] is a book by the philosopher David Lewis that defends the thesis of modal realism.[2] "The thesis states that the world we are part of is but one of a plurality of worlds," as he writes in the preface, "and that we who inhabit this world are only a few out of all the inhabitants of all the worlds." It is not to be confused with Cosmic pluralism.  - Wikipedia