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From the PreModern to the Postmodern: The History of Philosophy from Plato to Derrida
Simon Glynn

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This lecture series will introduce patrons to the ideas of some of the major figures in Philosophy, from Plato who argued that we were iIntuitively aware of absolute standards of truth, morality and aesthetics etc., via Descartes, who believed all knowledge, including that of God, to be derived by Reason, to Empiricists, Locke and Berkeley, who believed, on the contrary, that all knowledge was derived from Experience. Turning to more recent thinkers, the lectures will elucidate Nietzsche's claim, that “Truth," and even Religion, are shaped by the striving for Power, Husserl’s view, that the world is constituted by Consciousness, Heidegger’s contention, that Humans are no more nor less than the way in which Being reveals itself to itself, and Sartre's claim that while, apparently somewhat paradoxically, “Man is condemned to be Free” nevertheless he (sic) is a “useless passion”. Finally we will examine Derrida's Postmodern De(con)struction of Human Subjectivity, Knowledge and Truth, and the radical Relativism it implies.

1. Plato and Intuition
2. Locke, Berkeley and Empiricism
3. Descartes and Rationalism
4. Nietzsche and Power
5. Husserl and Phenomenology
6. Heidegger and Hermeneutics
7. Sartre and Existentialism
8. Derrida and Deconstruction
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Glynn received a Ph.D. from Manchester University in England, and has taught at Manchester, Liverpool, The Open University, at McMaster in Canada, and University of Georgia, before coming to FAU. Research interests include contemporary continental philosophy (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, structuralism and post-structural deconstruction) and its application to the natural, human and social sciences and cultural analysis, as well as social and political philosophy. Professor Glynn has published a number of articles in leading journals and book chapters and has edited and/or contributed to or edited a number of books including Sartre: An Investigation of some Major Themes, European Philosophy and the Human and Social Sciences, Continental and Postmodern Perspectives in the Philosophy of Science, Buddhisms and Deconstructions, International Perspectives on Pragmatism and The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Date: Wednesdays, September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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