A History Of Philosophy

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This course is a complete guide to Western civilisation and the philosophical ideas that have shaped our world view. From Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud, t’s compelling account of the evolution of the mind and its changing conception of reality.

Advances on several fronts – in philosophy, psychology, religious studies and the history of science – have shed new light on this remarkable evolution and this course draws together these advances to set forth a new perspective for understanding out culture’s intellectual and spiritual history. The result is a complete liberal education in a single course.


Part I: The Greek World View

  • The Evolution of the Greek Mind from
  • Homer to Plato
  • The Mythic Vision
  • The Birth of Philosophy
  • The Greek Enlightenment
  • Socrates
  • The Platonic Hero
  • The Philosopher’s Quest and the
  • Universal Mind
  • The Problem of the Planets
  • Aristotle and the Greek Balance
  • The Dual Legacy

Part II: The Transformation of the Classical Era

  • Crosscurrents of the Hellenistic Matrix
  • The Decline and Preservation of the
  • Greek Mind
  • Astronomy
  • Astrology
  • Neoplatonism
  • Rome

Part III: The Modern World View

  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • Copernicus
  • The Religious Reaction
  • Kepler
  • Galileo
  • The Forging of Newtonian Cosmology
  • The Philosophical Revolution
  • Bacon
  • Descartes
  • Foundations of the Modern World View
  • Ancients and Moderns
  • The Triumph of Secularism
  • Science and Religion: The Early Concord
  • Compromise and Conflict
  • Philosophy, Politics, Psychology
  • The Modem Character

Part IV:  The Transformation of the Modern Era
The Changing Image of the Human from Copernicus through Freud

  • The Self-Critique of the Modern Mind
  • From Locke to Hume
  • Kant
  • The Decline of Metaphysics
  • The Crisis of Modern Science
  • Romanticism and Its Fate
  • The Two Cultures
  • The Divided World View
  • Attempted Syntheses: From Goethe and Hegel to Jung
  • Existentialism and Nihilism
  • The Postmodern Mind
  • At the Millennium

All of our classes are delivered in real-time.

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Teacher Bio

Zulfiqar Awan BA Hons, MA, PGCE

British lecturer, Zulfiqar Awan (BA Hons, MA, PGCE and Ph.D. candidate) has 15 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Awan has also worked as an independent senior lecturer in philosophy, history, and politics on behalf of the British Government. He is the founder of Humanitas LifeLong Learning, where he teaches regular evening classes and short courses directly to the public, and online to an international audience. Mr Awan currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.