A Survey of Philosophy of the Good, The True, and The Beautiful

Part I - The Ancients 






Presented to those in the creative disciplines with little prior knowledge of philosophy, this course describes how the good, the true, and the beautiful have been perceived in Western thought from ancient Greece to the present day. The course will look carefully at how the ancients, such as Plato and Artistotle, perceived the good, the true, and the beautiful within the context of a unified and ordered cosmos knowable through the senses. The medievals, such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure, saw this same sort of cosmological order in the created world around them, but within the context of Christian revelation. The good, the true, and the beautiful remained united, but were more deeply understood through Christian love and sacrifice. Finally, the course will move to those later thinkers, starting with Ockham and Descartes up to the modern and post-modern period, who brought dramatic shifts to the older traditions. Overtime the good, the true, and the beautiful were separated into distinct entities as man's senses were rejected with the mind as the arbiter of truth.  Subjective thought -- in the eye of the beholder --became the measure of what is consider good, true, and beautiful.


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Here is the class outline:

General Information about Philosophy
Lesson 1
Greek Understanding of the World
Lesson 2
Socrates (Died 399BC)
Lesson 3
Plato (Died 384BC)
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Aristotle (384-322BC)
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lecture 9
Dawn of Christian Era
Lecture 10
Augustine (354-430AD)
Lesson 11
Lesson 12
Boethius (480-524AD)
Lesson 13
Pseudo-Dionysius (?)
Lesson 14
Summary, concluding remarks on the Ancients
Lesson 15
QUIZ PART I - The Ancients
Lesson 16
St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Lesson 17
The Islamic Influence
Lesson 18
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Lesson 19