This course offers a clear and understandable foundation in the origins of philosophy. By understanding how philosophy arose in Ancient Greece with the Pre-Socratic thinkers, you will be have the framework to engage with the thinkers of the last 2,500+ years since then.
The first thinkers in Ancient Greece, known as the Pre-Socratics, pioneered the discipline of philosophy as they argued about a first fundamental question, "What is the nature of Nature?". They wanted to know how it is that everything can change all around us, and yet at the same time, things also retain their same identity through those changes. What, then, is at the core of the reality of the cosmos? Some proposed water, some fire, others numbers ...
Come and join the controversy and enter into the discussion that these first thinkers had. Thales, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Parmenides, Zeno, Empedocles, Democritus, and others. Understanding this course will allow the student to have a superior foundation as they move on to reading and contemplating Plato's and Aristotle's work. See below for snapshots from the course, or visit https://greatperennialquestions.teachable.com/
Each lesson in this course comes with a personal lecture from me, with typed course notes helping you to understand the content, and with a visual presentation breaking down key ideas.
Each lesson includes key philosophical terms defined so that the student can build their vocabulary and create a foundation of understanding. Likewise, take away points are defined at the beginning of each lesson to clarify what learning outcomes should entail.
The discipline of philosophy requires the direct engaging with primary and secondary sources. Readings from the extent writings of each Pre-Socratic will be assigned for each lesson, along with a famous commentary from the historian of philosophy, F.C. Copleston. Extra resources, such as podcasts will be included as well so that the student who wants to master the material can do so.