World Philosophy

World Philosophy 12

Explore the ancient traditions and modern relevance of one of the oldest human activities, philosophy. Philosophy lives in and around us in the ideas and pursuits of thinkers and artists. In this course, learners are challenged to look closely at how diverse philosophical ideas are expressed and consider a variety of reflective questions about the nature of the human experience. Learners engage in a variety of assignments including reading, writing, as well as movie and literature reviews. This course incorporates Jostein Gaarder’s novel “Sophie’s World”, which provides a context for seeing the historical development of philosophy from ancient to medieval to modern times, and culminates in two reflections. First, learners research a person that developed a philosophy and put it to practice in the world. Finally, learners create a summation of their very own life philosophy in the context of imagining their “final hour.”

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