The Birth of Philosophy and The Logic of Becoming

Available from April 30, 2018

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About this course

This course focuses on the first philosophers in ancient Greece from the viewpoint of the logic that determined the very birth of philosophy and its development: i.e., the logic of becoming. This logic reveals the rational foundation of philosophical inquiry, which characterizes, not only the early period of the history of philosophy, but also the subsequent periods, topics, and arguments, which, one way or another, always goes back to, or hinges on, the same logic, and address the same issues raised by the first philosophers.

The course has a five-step development, so to speak. First, it explains how the logic of becoming drives the reflections of the first philosophers in the so-called Pre-Socratic period, focused on ancient physics or the philosophy of nature. Second, it uses the concepts of space and time to exemplify Aristotle’s solution to the problem of becoming. Third, it explains how the logic of becoming determines the birth of moral philosophy with Socrates. Fourth, it focuses on Plato and Aristotle to describe how the logic of becoming grounds the theory of knowledge and the concept of truth. Fifth, it explains how the logic of becoming grounds Plato and Aristotle’s reflections on the soul. Sixth, it explains how the logic of becoming grounds the so-called proofs for the existence of God. All along, the lectures put ancient philosophers in dialogue with Saint Thomas Aquinas and his approach to the relevant issues.

Learning outcomes:

– Students will learn, not just about specific issues, but most importantly, how to address them rationally and logically in a philosophical way

– Students will be challenged to address the deepest questions of the human heart, like the meaning of the world and of moral life, the existence of God and the soul, and the meaning of truth, in a purely rational way. They will learn how to distinguish questions of belief from questions of reason

– Students will learn important elements of the history of ancient philosophy in Greece

– Students will learn how Saint Thomas Aquinas addresses philosophically issues like the spirituality of the human soul, the meaning of truth, the concept of person, and the existence of God

Lectures by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi

Fulvio Di Blasi is an Italian attorney and an international scholar expert in St. Thomas Aquinas, moral philosophy, and natural law theory. He is the Director of the Thomas International Center. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from the University of Palermo, and has taught in several universities both in Europe and in America. His books include, God and the Natural Law (2003), John Finnis (2008), Ritorno al Diritto (2009), Questioni di Legge Naturale (2009), and Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit (2017).

Read more about Fulvio Di Blasi HERE!

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Length 15 weeks
Effort 9-12 hours per week
Price $600
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Credits University credit equivalent: 3
Subject Philosophy
Level Beginner – Intermediate
Languages English, Italian
Video lectures English, Italian
Readings English, Italian
Prerequisites None