WEEK 1: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY -PLATO/ARISTOTLE DOCUMENTS

Plato's allegory of cave - excerpt from Book VII of 'The Republic' (docx)

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Plato - The Symposium - This is the whole text of Plato's early dialogue. (docx)

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PLATOPhaedrusPhilWayOfLife (pdf)

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Socrates' critique of what neuroscience can tell us about ourselves (docx)

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PP Philosophy for Happiness, Joy and Wisdom (pptx)

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Article about friendship. Compare with Aristotle's view of friendship (docx)

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Aristotle on friendship (docx)

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WEEK 1: (videos) ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - PLATO & ARISTOTLE

Week 1 (view first): Plato (428-348 BC): The Cave allegory.  This brief video presents Plato's beliefs about the nature of reality and the educational path to true enlightenment. His ideas are presented in a brief, allegorical story about people living in a shadowy cave world.  The cave represents the everyday reality of most people (those who never studied philosophy).  Philosophers try to lead people out of the cave....

WEEK 1: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - PLAT0 & ARISTOTLE

This brief video presents Plato's theory of forms.  Forms are ideas that refer to classes of things, like "horse" or "stone" or "beautiful things".  There are higher and lower forms, thus creating a hierarchy of forms.  Higher-level forms are "Truth" "Beauty" "Justice" etc.  The highest form is the "Good".  Education is gaining knowledge of forms.  Enlightenment is knowledge of the highest form - the Good.


WEEK 1: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - PLATO & ARISTOTLE

Week 1 (view third) Aristotle (384-322 BC): (1. practical wisdom; ethics/happiness; virtue; golden mean; 2. art usefulness; catharsis; education 3. friendship - three kinds; 4. rhetoric - how to influence others)

WEEKS 2-3: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - STOICISM & SELF-ACTU

"Men are disturbed, not by things [that happen to them], but by the principles and notions

which they form concerning things."

ENTREPRENEURIAL ETHICS - CHAPTER 6: STOICISM, CBT, AND PERSONAL MORAL POWER (pdf)

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Stoic Ideals embodied in person (pdf)

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PowerPoint - Chapter 6 - Stoicism and Personal Moral Power (pptx)

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Pierrew Hadot Philosophy as way of life (pdf)

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Dalai Lama redefining the goal (pdf)

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Epictetus - The Enchiridion (pdf)

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WEEKS 2-3 - STOICISM & SELF-ACTUALIZATION

Week 2: Seven Stoic exercises for inner peace - 1. negative visualization; 2. controlling what you can & letting-go of the rest; 3. Not caring what others think; 4. journaling; 5. memento mori; 6. view from above; 7. amor fati

WEEKS 2-3: Amor Fati - Stoic wisdom

This brief video (10:42) is a reflection on the ancient Stoic practice of "Amor Fati" -- embracing what comes your way that you cannot change.  Your attitude toward what befalls you will make all the difference....

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PP stoicism aquinas descartes (pptx)

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WEEK 4: MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY - FAITH AND REASON

St. Thomas Aquinas uses Aristotle to harmonize faith and reason

WEEK 4

Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy full text (docx)

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Descartes texts - Discourse and Meditations excerpts (pdf)

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WEEK 5: MODERN PHILOSOPHY - RATIONALISM & EMPIRICISM

  Week 5: Rene Descartes (view first) (Rationalism; Dualism; Individualism; anti-authoritarianism; Method of Doubt - Cogito Ergo Sum; Passions of the Soul)

WEEK 5: MODERN PHILOSOPHY - RATIONALISM & EMPIRICISM

Week 5 (optional): Queen Christina of Sweden - Brief overview of the rebel queen [note the painting  Dispute of Queen Cristina Vasa and René Descartes by Nils Forsberg (1842-1934)]

WEEK 6-7: PHENOMENOLOGY & EXISTENTIALISM

EE-P CHAPTER 4 PERSONAL MORAL DEVELOPMENT (pdf)

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PowerPoint - Chapter 4 - Personal Moral Development (pptx)

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NEUROSCIENCE: What it Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves by R. Tallis (Also see Walsh notes below) (docx)

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NEUROSCIENCE article by R. Tallis - Walsh summary notes (pdf)

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Socrates Critique of Neuroscience - article (pdf)

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R. Walsh - Husserls Epoche as Method and Truth (pdf)

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R. Walsh - HUSSERL AND LEVINAS - TRANSFORMATIONS OF EPOCHE (pdf)

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WEEKS 6-7: PHENOMENOLOGY & EXISTENTIALISM

Edmund Husserl (1859 - 1938): A brief overview touching on some major points of phenomenological philosophy and phenomenological psychology.

WEEKS 6-7: PHENOMENOLOGY & EXISTENTIALISM

THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN A CRAZY WORLD...

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Martin Heidegger - Existential Phenomenology

WEEK 6-7: EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENOLOGY

Jean-Paul Sartre - Existential Phenomenology

WEEKS 6-7: PHENOMENOLOGY & EXISTENTIALISM

Emmanuel Levinas: Self-actualization and Response-ability for the Other