Courses are capped at a small number in order to allow for discussion. Participation is entirely voluntary, but encouraged. It’s not impossible that certain technical subjects can be communicated in en masse, philosophy is one of those comprehensive subjects that benefits most from the articulation of varying viewpoints and questions. For that reason dialogue has been at the centre of philosophy since at least the time of Socrates (and the thinkers who wrote dialogues includes Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Galileo, Berkeley, Hume, Schlegel, Heidegger, and many others).
After you have subscribed to a course you will be sent a PDF of the key selections of texts that we will be discussing. Philosophical texts vary in difficulty. Each class will focus on a a key selection or selections of a few pages, to enable us to make real progress in understanding a complex question. Reading those pages beforehand will assist your understanding and participation but no reading is assumed for the first class.
“The Whole of Human Existence”: An introduction to Philosophy through key texts
Philosophy is the aspiration to understand the whole of human existence. The best way to approach the basic questions is to read texts that consider life comprehensively and self-consciously. This course will be an introduction through a discussion of selections from key works by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Heidegger, and others.
Sundays Nov 3 to Dec 1
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
251 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053
Aristotle: A Introduction to the Master of Those Who Know (Dante, Inferno iv, 131)
Aristotle had an almost unparalleled impact on our intellectual history and modernity began with a critique of his teaching. This course will focus on the opening books of key Aristotelian texts in order to open up the question of whether Aristotle may not understand the principles of life better than his modern critics, despite our vastly superior empirical knowledge.
Wednesdays Oct 20 - Oct 30 7:30pm - 9:30pm
233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North VIC 3161
UPCOMING IN 2020:
1. Plato: An Introduction
2. Political Philosophy: Key Thinkers
3. Aristotle: An Introduction to the Metaphysics
4. Plato and Heidegger
5. The Quarrel Between the Ancients and the Moderns: Philosophical and Literary Works
6. The Modern Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy
UPCOMING IN 2020:
1. Plato's Republic
2. Classical Philosophy and the Ancient Greek Language
3. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics