The Passion Of The Western Mind

Roman Fountain di Trevi illuminated at night, Italy

Description

 

An introduction to the European intellectual tradition from the ancient Greeks to postmodernity

This course explores the concise narrative history of the Western world view from the ancient Greeks to postmodernity (our present). The aim is to provide an introductory account of the evolution of the Western mind and its changing ideas of reality.

Learners will explore the thinking of key figures in the Western intellectual tradition, as well as critical reflections from theorists who have challenged this tradition from within – using a historical and critical examination of the works. Learners will focus on key turning points in the history of western thought and the historical crises out of which they often arose.

Upon completion of the course, learners will receive a certificate  of completion .

Course Objectives

To introduce students to the fundamental categories of thought which have shaped the western tradition.

To enable students to appreciate the diversity of traditions and modes of critical inquiry within Western thought.

To illustrate how these various traditions of thought have defined the major epochs of the West from Greco-Roman civilisation, Medieval Christendom, to the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

To understand how the main ideas of the great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern times and their role in shaping the mind of the west and world.

To draw attention to the political and social context in which the great ideas have emerged as well as their wider cultures and psychological implications (both positive and negative).

Core reading text:

Tarnas, R. (2010) The Passion of the Western Mind. London: Pimlico Publishers Required reading prior to each class will be assigned.

C L A S S  S C H E D U L E  &   T O P I C S

  • THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLDVIEW:
  • THE FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILISATION THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW: THE CITY OF GOD
  • THE MEDIEVAL WORLDVIEW:
  • THE SCHOLASTIC AWAKENING
  • THE REBIRTH OF CLASSICAL HUMANISM: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION
  • THE SECULARISATION OF KNOWLEDGE: THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
  • THE PHILOSOPHICAL REVOLUTION THE TRIUMPH OF SECULARISM
  • THE TRANSFORMATION OF MODERN ERA: LOCKE, HUME AND KANT
  • THE CRISIS OF MODERN SCIENCE ROMANTICISM AND POSTMODERNISM
  • AN ASSESSMENT OF EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

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.

A 10 HOUR COURSE

1 HOUR WEEKLY