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My philosophy class is structured around observational philosophy & independent thinking. We are at a critical point in history, the rebirth of classical ideas is upon us, and it is essential that we add to classical philosophy, as well as studying it. It is imperative we contribute to the constantly advancing world. Our unfortunately short life is the only time frame we have to write in the books of history, to be remembered and appreciated in future years, don’t waste yours with an improper education.

In my classroom I am but a guide in your journey of enlightenment. By combining Socrates’ philosophy of teaching, and Aristotle's curiosity of observation, I will spark the allure of learning within you. My class is structured through a series of observation, followed by discussion. On some days we may go to market square and take note on the nature of interaction. On others we may go to the most secluded hills and observe nature in its most undisturbed. Afterwards we will return and discuss our observations with the group.

I believe that independent thinking is a key to successful theories and ideas. However, some students may come across this self-motivation or independent thinking easier than others, I will assist you if you have not yet discovered this essential quality inside yourself. I look forward to teaching you.

Course Syllabus

The amount of outside literature we will study is certainly limited because I believe that through thinking not reading we will discover ourselves. One piece of writing we will study is the Summa Theologica by sir Thomas Aquinas. Which contains the logical method of intellectual investigation used by scholars. I believe by studying the thoughts of other great minds, we can come to our own center of knowledge easier. The philosopher I will mainly focus on is Aristotle. There is no particular work we will explore, but particularly the differences between Plato and Aristotle’s philosophies. For I believe this to assist us in understanding the differences between modern philosophy and the church’s belief.

I believe strongly in hands on, observational experiments. An example would be the entire class going down to market square and observing the human interaction. Later we will return and discuss our findings. All experiments consist of observation, and later interpretation & discussion. My grading is an interview conducted 1 on 1 with me. I would first ask about ideas you have on any experiments we have endeavored in. And then ask about any independent work you’ve been looking at. Throughout the entire course I will allow independent work to be done, which I will examine during each interview. By the end of course, you will submit your independent work in a formal report to me.

Unit One: Humanism (nature of humans & goal of human life): 

Summa Theologica 
Interpretation, personal reflection, personal goals, hypothesize on questions
Observe human disrupted environment, Observe human undisrupted environment 
Discuss ideas in controlled groups
Interview locals for outside input
Create a basic law of human interaction

Experiment & Procedure 
Test hypothesis and basic law 
Return to observation site to apply hypothesis
Return and discuss 

Data Analysis
Interpret gathered data
Describe data
Explain data and results in comprehensive fashion 

State whether hypothesis was correct 

Repeat with new subject or idea

Unit Two: Existence & Nature of God 

Thomas Aquinas
Introduction to current “accepted” belief 
Personal reflection
Optional sharing
Personal thought (no writing)

 Observation of tangible items to determine Nature of 
Interpretation of observations
Discussion to get things straight 

Comparison between Platos work and the though of Church
Aristotle's disagreement 

Summary of Studied material 

Unit Three: Classical & 1100’s Writings
Deeper look into Aristotle 
Was he really against the church?
Question hypothesized. 

2. Other Writings.