Philosophy addresses some of the most important questions raised by humanity. Questions around knowledge, ethics, and aesthetics characterise this perennial quest. The course will focus on first providing an historical overview of the development of philosophy from the earliest of ancient Greek days through to our current times, through the work of one of the most important living philosopher: John Deely. His Four Ages of Understanding divides this period of development over four distinct phases.
Having grounded our work in an overview of this development, we’ll look at key philosophical figures through Rudolf Steiner’s Riddles of Philosophy, who similarly characterises philosophical historical development in a four-fold manner.
We will by then be in a better position to address, through Schiller’s Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man and Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom, that eternal triune braid pertaining to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful: i.e., to questions relating to knowledge, to ethics, and to freedom.
The following texts will form the backbone materials from which the course shall unfold. Please note that participants do not need to have their own copies (except for R. Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom), though these are all highly recommended.
Terms 1 & 2: Overview of the historical development of philosophy.
John Deely Four Ages of Understanding isbn 1442613017
Term 3: Key figures in philosophy’s development.
Rudolf Steiner Riddles of Philosophy isbn 0880107111
also available on Kindle
and from the Steiner e.Lib (GA18)
Term 4: The True, the Good and the Beautiful.
Friedrich von Schiller Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man
also available on Kindle
and readily freely available in various pdf editions online
Rudolf Steiner Philosophy of Freedom
available in various editions and titles
e.g.: Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
and from the Steiner e.Lib (GA4)
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Dates and time
Fridays 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
term dates as listed (subject to change)
please note that some sessions may need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. In most months during term time, the 4th Friday is left free. Please note the dates as listed to the left.
per term: $220 (conc. $78)
(conc. $300 / couples $1100)
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Six sessions per term are scheduled, with an additional final session at the end of the course.
7:00—8:00 : presentation & discussion
8:00—8:30 : break & supper
8:30—9:30 : reflections & discussion
Handouts / Documents
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> Introduction - Week 1
Philosophy of Freedom
Part A - Knowledge & Freedom
Part B - Reality of Freedom
Part C - Ultimate Questions
Schiller's Letters on Aesthetic Ed'n