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
St. Bernard of Clairvaux's (1090-1153), Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253)
Lesson 20
St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274)
Lesson 21
St. Bonaventure
Lesson 22
St. Albert the Great (c. 1200-1280)
Lesson 23
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Lesson 24
St. Thomas Aquinas
Lesson 25
St. Thomas Aquinas
Lesson 26
St. Thomas Aquinas
Lesson 27
William of Ockham (1285-1347)
Lesson 28
Beyond Scholasticism
Lesson 29
Concluding Thoughts
Lesson 30
Lesson 31
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
Lesson 32
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Lesson 33
John Locke and Isaac Newton
Lesson 34
Hume (1711-1776)
Lesson 35
Rousseau (1712-1778)
Lesson 36
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
Lesson 37
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) & Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1680)
Lesson 38
Lesson 39
John Stuart Mill (1806--1873) & Utilitarianism
Lesson 40
Marx, Nietzsche, and Russell
Lesson 41
Lesson 42
Neo-Thomism, Part I
Lesson 43
Neo-Thomism Part II
Lecture 44
Faith and Reason
Lesson 45