Philosophy Book Discussion Group
The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers. This split prompts a sharp distinction between science and theology/philosophy, as expressed in the division of ‘mind’ and ‘brain’. A major focus will be to address philosophy as a personal or individual subject in relation to academic philosophers. Using titles from the Very Short Introduction series, published by Oxford University Press, the initial chosen authors will follow chronologically from the Enlightenment Era to the first part of the 20th century. Although the books are small and brief they are compacted with much detail requiring thoughtful examination.
The first meeting for this new group will be on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed is Locke: A Very Short Introduction by John Dunn (Oxford University Press, $11.95). John Locke (1632-1704), one of the greatest English philosophers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, argued in his masterpiece, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, that our knowledge is founded in experience and reaches us principally through our senses; but its message has been curiously misunderstood. John Dunn shows how Locke arrived at his theory of knowledge, and how his exposition of the liberal values of toleration and responsible government formed the backbone of enlightened European thought of the eighteenth century.
It is suggested that people interested in this group also read Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (Yale University Press, $18.00).