Feltre School
"In coming to understand anything we are rejecting the facts as they are for us in favour of the facts as they are.  The primary impulse of each is to maintain and aggrandise himself.  The secondary impulse is to go out of the self, to correct its provincialism and heal its loneliness.  In love, in virtue, in the pursuit of knowledge, and in the reception of the arts we are doing this."

C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy is a survey course that familiarizes new students or re-acquaints returning students with the history, concepts, and terminology of the Western philosophical tradition. The course answers the basic questions:  What is philosophy? How did it develop? What does it mean for us and our world today? The course examines Philosophy’s origins and meanings as expressed through the ages, from the pre-Socratics, Thales, Pythagoras, and Heraclitus, through Socrates, Plato , and Aristotle, and into the modern age. 

The class meets weekly for seven-weeks to attend lecture and discuss the readings with a particular eye to questions of how these enduring ideas might find expression in our everyday lives.

Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., 7-weeks, $450.00

Topics in Philosophy-- The Twilight of American Culture

The philosophy topic taken up this term is concerned with the state of modern American culture, and whether we are indeed seeing something akin to the fall of the Roman Empire.  With The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman as a guiding text for the course, we ask ourselves “What has gone wrong?” , “Why are our traditional institutions failing?”, and “what can we do to avert complete collapse?”  Berman argues that our salvation comes in a return to classical learning and understanding in the world, while rejecting the modern “McWorld” of entertainment, over-consumption, and the meaningless politics and culture foisted upon us by a corporate ideology.

In addition to the Berman text, other readings and topics will be included in this seven-week lecture and discussion course. 

Our Topics in Philosophy courses have no pre-requisite, though students are encouraged to consider taking the Introduction to Philosophy course at some point as a way to refresh their knowledge, or enrich their understanding of the current topic

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Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., 7-weeks, $450.00