The Invention of Philosophical Rationality
15 Jan at 12:00 AM
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Thomas International Online University, New Courses 2018
At its birth, philosophy is both Physics and Philosophy of Nature. Philosophy begins by applying reason and logic to our observation of physical reality. The key phenomenon that philosophy tries to explain is physical change, and, in doing so, it develops the very structure of its rational process. A good overview of the logical path followed by the very first philosophers in Ancient Greece is the best way to approach philosophy and to shape the minds of those who want to be able to philosophize.
This course examines the thought of the first Greek philosophers from the viewpoint, not of their specific answers or conclusions, but of their logic. Special attention is given to the dispute between Parmenides and Heraclitus, and to the seeming contradiction between “being” and “becoming,” which in many ways has marked the entire history of philosophy ever after.
Video lectures by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi