Western Philosophy: Ancient Roots and Modern Thoughts

With Steve Mackey


This page is for people who enrol in 2020 in the Western Philosophy course at the University of the Third Age group in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.

The textbook which guides our course is: The Passion Of The Western Mind, Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, by Richard Tarnas. Page numbers refer to the 2010 edition.

Presentations are on the first and third Mondays of the month at 10am.

All members of Port Fairy U3A are welcome to come to any presentation. Attendance at earlier sessions will benefit your participation in subsequent sessions.

So far we have discussed philosophy from the Ancient Greeks through to the High Middle Ages. We are condensing the whole 16 sessions of 2019 into one concise revision presentation on February 17th. After that we move on to Humanism, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Early Modern Era. Please check this page again in early 2020 for updates.

All the best, Steve

DRAFT INFORMATION FOR 2020... THE BELOW WILL BE DEVELOPED AND REVISED

SEMESTER ONE 2020

1. February 17 From Plato to the High Middle Ages (pages 1 to 209 [skim])

2. March 2 Petrarch and Classical Humanism (pages 209 to 221)

3. March 16 The Renaissance (pages 224 to 232)

4. April 6 The Reformation (pages 233 to 247)

5. April 20 The Scientific Revolution (pages 248 to 271)

6. May 4 The Philosophical Revolution (pages 272 to 281)

7. May 18 Foundations of the Modern World View (pages 282 to 323)


SEMESTER TWO 2020

1. September 7

2. September 21

3. October 5

4. October 19

5. November 2

6. November 16



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[ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW REFERS TO 2019. THE 2020 INFORMATION IS BEING CONSTRUCTED ABOVE]

(page numbers refer to the 2010 edition)

  1. February 18 The Greek World View (pages 1 to 12) notes
  2. March 4 Ideas and Gods (pages 13 to 18) notes
  3. March 18 The Birth of Philosophy (pages 19 to 25) notes
  4. April 1 The Greek Enlightenment (pages 25 to 31) notes
  5. April 15 Socrates (pages 31 to 40) notes
  6. May 6 The Universal Mind (pages 41 to 47) notes
  7. May 20 The Planets (pages 48 to 54) notes
  8. June 3 Aristotle I (pages 55 to 62) notes
  9. June 17 Aristotle II (pages 62 to 68) notes
  10. July 1 The Dual Legacy (pages 69 to 74) notes

SEMESTER TWO

  1. Aug 19 The Classical Era is transformed (pages 73 to 90) notes
  2. Sept 2 Plato's Socrates versus Jesus (pages 91 to 119) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: Neoplatonism
  3. Sept 16 Disputes in Christianity, St Augustine (pages 120 to 154) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: The Apocalypse
  4. Oct 7 Holy Spirit, Holy Mother, Rome, Pope (pages 155 to 170) notes
  5. Oct 21 Medieval reasoning, the Scholastics (pages 171 to 190) notes
  6. Nov 4 Dante, Ockham, High Middle Ages (pages 191 to 208) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: William of Ockham universals and nominals

2020 Next year we will proceed to the Renaissance, Humanism and the Scientific Revolution

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