San Antonio Public Library Foundation - Great Books Seminars

Great Books Seminars

This SAPLF committee led by Foundation Board Member Paul Martin organizes Great Books Seminars, which are modeled after the Great Books liberal arts program at St. John’s College. These seminars are hosted twice a year – Spring and Fall – for those interested in attending.

2020: Year of the Pre-Socratic Philosophers
FREE & Open to the Public

Our Spring 2020 Great Books Seminars find us traveling back though history to survey the Pre-Socratic foundations of Western Civilization. We will be reading Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin Classics edition) translated by Johnathon Barnes.

• February 1 : Precursors – Anaximander p. 3-24
• March 7: Anaximenes – Xenophanes p. 24-48
• April 4: Heraclitus p. 48-77
• May 2: Parmenides – Zeno p. 77-111
• June 6: Empedocles (pt.1) p. 111-140
• July: break to take a breath
• August 1: Empedocles (pt. 2) p. 141-162
• September 5: Fifth-century Pythagoreanism – Hippo p. 162-185
• October 3: Archelaus – Leucippus p. 185-203
• November 7: Democritus (pt.1) p. 203-227
• December 5: Democritus (pt.1) – Diogenes of Apollonia p.227-260

Location: San Antonio Public Library Foundation, 625 Shook Ave.
Arrival: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Seminar: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Coffee and Pre-Socratic Donuts will be served.

The seminars will be led by Paul Martin and Charles Massiatte

Please contact Charles Massiatte (210-724-6571, or Paul Martin (210-722-0400, if you have any questions.

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