Each winter I offer three sessions in philosophy. This one is intended for those who have some background in philosophic history and discourse. The first two chapters of this text are being used in the class for "beginners" and so those selecting this one can access the background they may lack. The text approaches philosophic issues both historically and topically; it is interactive and allows participants to do philosophy , not simply read about it. The chapters this class will work on are those dealing with theory of knowledge ( epistemology), with historical essays on Bacon, Descartes, Locke, Spinoza and other figures in the early modern period, and political philosophy with roots in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A debate format presents the pros and cons of each dilemma. The text has many provocative questions for discussion as well as a website for additional resources. Facilitated Discussion.CAVEAT: My philosophy "classes" are collaborative, collegial gatherings. I select the subject and the text and facilitate the discussion, but we do philosophy together in an intellectually rigorous, open, and mutually helpful way. If you are registering for one of these groups for the first time, please be aware of the nature of the group and know that your participation in its process is essential for its success. Participation involves a close, critical reading of the text, readiness on the basis of that to offer questions, comments, and conclusions on the subject of the day, and commitment to consistent attendance so that the continuity of the conversation is maintained and the spirit of the inquiry is fostered. So if you are anticipating an extended trip this winter or have any personal business which will prevent this, it would not be wise to register for this one. You will have wonderful intellectual fun if you do!
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