FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Philosophy: From Plato to Derrida
The course will introduce students to the ideas of some of the major figures in Philosophy, from Plato who argued that we were intuitively aware of absolute standards of Truth, Morality and Aesthetics etc., via Descartes, who believed all knowledge, including that of God, to be derived from Reason, to Empiricists, Locke and Berkeley, who believed, on the contrary, that all knowledge was derived from Experience. Turning to more recent thinkers, the course 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 Deconstruction of Human Subjectivity, Knowledge and Truth, and the radical Relativism it implies.

Eight Lectures
  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
Course # W8W4 — Eight Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19; NO CLASS ON FEB. 19 AND MARCH 5
  Time:7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member