Introduction to Philosophy, Pt. 1

OSH 979 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: Philosophy for beginners, presentation of the critical thinking method and the way to argue philosophically, some history of Western and Asian thought, discussion of ethical issues, language, science, art and political theories.


Week 1

Presentation of the method, importance of reason and analytic skills, Socrates, Lao Zi, Confucius.  What is thinking? What are thoughts, ideas, dreams…?

Week 2

Socrates and ethics: love, death and beauty.

Week 3

What is science? Truth and conflicts of power with religion: Descartes, Copernicus and Galileo.

Week 4

The 18th century and the birth of democratic thought: Voltaire, Rousseau, Jefferson.

Week 5

What is language? Why do we communicate? Do animals communicate?

Week 6

Social issues: justice, medicine and surrogacy.


Instructor: Dr. Daniel Vitaglione

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020