Philosophy is for people who have big questions. It’s for people who want to sharpen their minds, grow in reason, and who are not afraid to be challenged. As the late Catholic convert, philosopher, and professor of the Great Books, Mortimer Adler,  would often say, “Philosophy is everybody’s business.” So, whether you’ve never heard of Parmenides or you’re a philosophy professor you are welcome to attend.

We will be meeting to discuss classic works of philosophy that influenced Catholic saints and scholars. The reading list will take us through Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Augustine, Aquinas, and more. This will be a long project. Our intention is to engage with the great thinkers our church esteems, have open minded and lively discussions, have fun, and maybe even make new friends.

Meeting dates and times will be posted as they are determined. Please RSVP so we can reserve the right size room.

Reading list (tentative)

Spring 2019

Ancient Philosophy

January 31: Plato, Euthyphro and Apology

February 21, 6:30 p.m.: Plato’s, Euthyphro

March 7, Plato, Meno

March 14, Old Testament, Ecclesiastes

March 28,  "Can virtue be taught?" reading second half of the Meno

April 11,  Pre-Socratic philosophy (watch for link to readings)

April 25,  "How can we be virtuous?" readings in Aristotle's, Nichomachean Ethics

Plotinus, On Beauty

Parmenides’ poem

Summer 2019

Plato, Republic

Fall 2019

Medieval Philosophy

St. Augustine, Confessions

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

Spring 2020

St. Anselm, Proslogium

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae


Readings & Discussion


St. Thomas Aquinas’ Student Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.
Amen.


Links

Podcasts:

Lectures by Arthur F. Holmes. Arthur Frank Holmes (March 15, 1924 – October 8, 2011) was Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois (1951–1994). He is remembered for his contribution to Christian higher education in the United States not only by teaching and building the philosophy department at Wheaton, but also by writing influential books and articles about the philosophy of Christian education, participating in the creation of the Society of Christian Philosophers.(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_F._Holmes)

 

This is a great podcast! Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.  

 

Websites

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.

This is a super resource, but very academic.

https://plato.stanford.edu/

 

The Basics of Philosophy

“A huge subject broken down into manageable chunks”

Another great resource, this is perfect for newcomers to philosophy and a handy reference.

https://www.philosophybasics.com/index.html

 

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