datum: 29.11.2020

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Introduction to Philosophy Online

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1 semester

Rok školní docházky / Grade:

10 - 13


FLVS - Florida Virtual School Global

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This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history!  Along the way, you’ll run into some very strange characters. For example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you’ll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You’ll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you’ve “closed the book” on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you…from atoms to outer space…and everything in between.

Study materials (e-books, Discovery Education, etc. ...) for FLVS Global courses are INCLUDED in the price of the course.

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Study Scope and Sequence

Unit 1: The World of Wonder

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Define philosophy. * Describe what philosophers study. * Identify questions that philosophers ask. * Explain what it means to do philosophy. * State what philosophy can do for you.

Unit 2: From Mythology to Philosophy

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Explain why myth has been called the “cradle of philosophy.” * Describe how Western philosophy first began in ancient Greece. * List some of the questions that the earliest philosophers pondered. * Identify pre-Socratic philosophers and state how they answered the questions. * Explain how the earliest philosophers laid the foundations for science.

Unit 3: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Give an overview of the classical period of ancient Greece. * Describe Socrates’ life and the Socratic method. * Outline the events of Plato’s life and his main ideas. * Summarize Aristotle’s life and his major contributions.

Unit 4: Hellenistic Philosophy: How Can Humans Be Happy?

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * State the general aims of Hellenistic philosophy. * Describe the philosophy of cynicism. * List the ideas of the Epicureans. * Describe stoic philosophy. * Identify the basic views of the skeptics.

Unit 5: Christianity and Philosophy in the Middle Ages

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Describe the rise of Christianity in Medieval Europe. * List the main influences on philosophy during the Middle Ages. * Explain how Saint Augustine defended the Catholic Church. * Describe the scholastic philosophy of Saint Anselm. * Identify the contributions of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Unit 6: The Rise of Modern Western Philosophy

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Outline major changes that occurred in Europe from 1400 to 1800. * Identify influences on Renaissance philosophers such as Erasmus. * Describe the rationalist philosophies of Descartes and Spinoza. * Describe the empiricist philosophies of Locke and Hume. * Explain how Kant combined rationalism and empiricism.

Unit 7: Western Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Describe approaches to philosophy that began in 19th century Europe. * List the main contributions of the German philosopher Georg Hegel. * Summarize the philosophies of Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. * Identify the main ideas of Karl Marx and Jeremy Bentham.

Unit 8: Western Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

Objectives: Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to: * Describe the philosophy of pragmatism. * Give an overview of analytic philosophy. * List the basic tenets of phenomenology. * Identify the main ideas of existentialism. * State how philosophy has changed your thinking.

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Zkušenosti studentů

"I obviously pick this course because I enjoyed philosophy already, but damn, I love it so much (I only wish there´d be more stable career prospects)! I had so much fun with every assignment! I loved finding the humour in philosophy. Many of the thinkers we studied were absolutely ridiculous as people! Like Socrates trolling everyone and then being so smug about it to suggest that he should get free meals for the rest of his life. Aristoteles the savage genius being totally dim-witted for claiming women have less teeth than men and not even bothering to count them. Plato calling Diogenes Socrates gone mad. John Locke defining substance as “something I know not what” (which is now my Instagram bio). The entirety of unit 7 which is basically just everyone hating Hegel for 6 lessons straight. Nietzsche´s autobiography, enough said. Nietzsche criticizing Hegel for being arrogant. Nietzsche having more beef against homonyms than a 3rd grader. Jeremy Bentham´s head. If all philosophers are in hell, it must be such a wonderfully amusing place to be! Like an Alice in Wonderland tea party!

So yes, it was all truly excellent.  

I enjoyed the lab work very much as well. Positively, a great pedagogical move to make us apply our knowledge to something often totally unrelated (at the first glance). I appreciated learning bits of psychology and sociology this way. (Only I didn´t realise that transcripts are available for all podcasts and TED Talks soon enough and hence made things a lot more difficult for myself.)

I too wish school could be more like this. I´ve come to resent our educational system more than ever this semester and often found myself unmotivated and bored with it all. This philosophy course kept reminding me of my love of learning and passion for academia. It was intellectually stimulating and yet so open and welcoming. Mrs Hornová, I seriously couldn´t thank you more. Your open and empathetic approach helped me immensely. I´m so glad you let me extend the deadlines on so many occasions, which gave me the time needed to process it all and take time to do my best. It makes the end result all the more satisfying. Your feedback was ever so enriching and heart-warming. I will treasure it for a long time."

Erika, 2020