Feltre School

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, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 7-weeks, $450.00

Topics in Philosophy-- On the Origin of Beauty

Topics in Philosophy is an ongoing discussion of a variety of philosophical questions. Usually centered on a particular book, and with supplemental readings across the 7-week term, the group discusses the readings within the context of various and wide- ranging philosophical traditions. This course does not require any particular background in philosophy, politics, religion, etc. It does require participants to engage new ideas, and to discuss respectfully.

The focus of Topics in Philosophy is to apply good, solid thinking to today's challenging world problems. Feltre School does not embrace any political perspective, but strongly encourages the free exchange of ideas, in an effort to better understand and participate more responsibly in our society.


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Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 7-weeks, $450.00