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Introduction to Key Philosophical Topics *AVAILABLE NOW * in Parousia Academy

Introduction to Key Philosophical Topics *AVAILABLE NOW * in Parousia Academy

The first person in history to use the word Philosophy was the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras (ca.570-495). He believed that all we mere mortals could do is to pursue wisdom, or be ‘lovers of wisdom,’ which is what Philosophy means—“love of wisdom.” The wise man therefore is a mere lover of wisdom.

Philosophy is the study of reality forasmuch as we ordinarily encounter it. The world around us is full of material things. We can know them through our senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch; but beyond these sense impressions we have of material things, we can understand something about them as well. Philosophy seeks to understand as much as we can of this material world, but unto its deepest causes or reasons. This pursuit of these deepest causes or reasons characterizes philosophy as an authentic pursuit of wisdom.

Throughout the centuries, in their attempts to understand the world many philosophers have proposed a systematic body of teaching. Speaking broadly, following Aristotle (384-322BC), who is arguably the greatest philosopher of all time, most philosophers have divided their body of teaching into several philosophical sciences or disciplines. These sciences differ from the experimental sciences, which we commonly study in high school.

This course offers students an appreciation of some of the great philosophical questions humanity has encountered, as they are diagnosed through the various philosophical sciences. Dr. Andrew Francis Wood begins his course by offering advice to beginners. He knows many people in the modern world are unfamiliar with philosophy, and how it proceeds, and that they usually think more in terms of the experimental sciences. To assist students overcome this first hurdle, Dr. Wood carefully identifies the various kinds of human knowledge and where philosophy fits this spectre, allowing him to define philosophy, and identify its various scientific disciplines. This done, Dr. Wood proceeds to take us through philosophy’s more fundamental notions and questions, including its most principal question: the nature of the universal. After this Dr. Wood teaches us about the importance of the principles of reason; the classic theory of hylemorphism, explaining the most fundamental constitutive of bodies; the nature of life and the living; the nature of a soul and operative powers of activity. The course climaxes with Dr. Wood’s explanation of the greatest metaphysical question: on the fundamental constitutive of real being into act and potency, wherein he offers Aristotle’s answer to the classic question of being and become and the one and the many. The cause concludes with Dr. Wood speaking of St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous five proofs for God’s existence and man’s ultimate end or purpose.

Since, as was famously said among the medieval schools of theology and philosophy, “philosophy is the handmaid of theology,” this course is indispensable for anyone wanting to study theology. Because philosophy is the science which attempts to attain a knowledge of all things around us, to their deepest degree, from reason alone (unaided by any revelation made by God), it clearly prepares the way for a study of God’s revelation through the science of Sacred Theology.

Course Objectives

1.To obtain an appreciation for the power and importance of philosophy.

2.To identify the difference between philosophical sciences and experimental sciences.

3.To gain an awareness of key philosophical notions and questions.


Pricing Options:

$99 - 12 months access to stream the video content from this course. (No assessment)

$149 - Complete the course, with assessment, to obtain accreditation. Then, own the content for life!

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