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A Survey of Philosophy of the Good...

Carrie Gress

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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Pontifex University Course: A Survey of Philosophy of the Good ...-3 Payments of $300/month

Here is the class outline:

1. General Information about Philosophy

Lesson 1

2. Greek Understanding of the World

Lesson 2

3. Socrates (Died 399BC)

Lesson 3

4. Plato (Died 384BC)

Lesson 4

5. Plato

Lesson 5

6. Plato

Lesson 6

7. Aristotle (384-322BC)

Lesson 7

8. Aristotle

Lesson 8

9. Aristotle

Lecture 9

10. Dawn of Christian Era

Lecture 10

11. Augustine (354-430AD)

Lesson 11

12. Augustine

Lesson 12

13. Boethius (480-524AD)

Lesson 13

14. Pseudo-Dionysius (?)

Lesson 14

15. Summary, concluding remarks on the Ancients

Lesson 15

16. QUIZ PART I - The Ancients

17. Introduction

Lesson 16

18. St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Lesson 17

19. The Islamic Influence

Lesson 18

20. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Lesson 19

21. St. Bernard of Clairvaux's (1090-1153), Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253)

Lesson 20

22. St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274)

Lesson 21

23. St. Bonaventure

Lesson 22

24. St. Albert the Great (c. 1200-1280)

Lesson 23

25. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Lesson 24

26. St. Thomas Aquinas

Lesson 25

27. St. Thomas Aquinas

Lesson 26

28. St. Thomas Aquinas

Lesson 27

29. William of Ockham (1285-1347)

Lesson 28

30. Beyond Scholasticism

Lesson 29

31. Concluding Thoughts

Lesson 30

32. Introduction

Lesson 31

33. Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Lesson 32

34. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Lesson 33

35. John Locke and Isaac Newton

Lesson 34

36. Hume (1711-1776)

Lesson 35

37. Rousseau (1712-1778)

Lesson 36

38. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Lesson 37

39. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) & Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1680)

Lesson 38

40. Romanticism

Lesson 39

41. John Stuart Mill (1806--1873) & Utilitarianism

Lesson 40

42. Marx, Nietzsche, and Russell

Lesson 41

43. Phenomenology

Lesson 42

44. Neo-Thomism, Part I

Lesson 43

45. Neo-Thomism Part II

Lecture 44

46. Faith and Reason

Lesson 45

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