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Introduction to the History of Philosophy: From Plato to Derrida
Simon Glynn
Lifelong Learning Professorship in Arts and Humanities, 2016-2017

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This lecture series will introduce patrons to the ideas of some of the major figures in philosophy. Philosophers such as Plato, who argued that we were intuitively aware of absolute standards of truth, beauty and goodness or morality, and Descartes, who believed all knowledge, including that of God, to be derived by reason will be examined. Also discussed will be Empiricists Locke and Berkeley, who believed, on the contrary, that all knowledge was derived from experience. Nietzsche who claimed that “Truth," and even religion, are shaped by the striving for power, Husserl, for whom the world is supposedly constituted by consciousness and Heidegger, who contended that humans are no more nor less than the way in which being reveals itself to itself will be covered. Sartre, who claimed that while, apparently somewhat paradoxically, “Man is condemned to be Free” nevertheless he (sic) is a “useless passion," and Derrida, whose Postmodernism De(con)structs or brings into question our notions of human subjectivity, knowledge and truth will round out this comprehensive series.

1. Plato and Intuition
2. Locke, Berkeley and Experience
3. Descartes and Reason
4. Nietzsche and Power
5. Husserl and Phenomenology
6. Heidegger and Hermeneutics
7. Sartre and Existentialism
8. Derrida and Deconstruction
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Simon Glynn received a PhD 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. His 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 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, The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology and The Hermeneutics of God, The Universe and Everything.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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