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I like this way of presenting philosophy because that discipline is complex and difficult to understand. In fact, I did not take a philosophy course during my entire higher education career. I feared I did not have the “thinking” skills necessary for it. I was afraid I’d make a bad impression.
Or, maybe some other silly reason to never take philosophy while in the universities I attended. I was mistaken, however.
Why do we sell ourselves short?
Why do we think we are far less than what we really are?
How do we forget who we are as a being created in the image of God?
Frankly, as a university student, the word
Eventually, I learned that we always want to view everything as if it is linear – you know, a straight timeline that we can see from one end to the next.
We think it should be all neat and tidy – and we think that all of history is arranged on a simply linear horizontal line.
We begin to look at philosophy, though, and soon, we encounter gaps in our thoughts. It can be frustrating. Philosophy makes us nervous.
One day in my undergraduate Art History class I saw this way of conceptualizing in a new way. Things just are not so simple as we thought.
History of Philosophy Without the Gaps
I think this way of viewing philosophy makes sense. It takes the reader from the beginning of recorded time and walks us through the various philosophical periods so that we can get a sense of the expanse of time and the changes that occur in thought from one time period to another. .
I am not a philosopher. My degrees are in Fine Arts and English. I was a Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities until my retirement. This is a cross-discipline approach in which the course covered aspects of Music, Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Fine Art, and other disciplines,of a certain time period. Each aspect of studies influenced another – and to understand the zeitgeist of our own time and place, we need to understand this.
Learning in such a holistic way fills in the gaps that we have in our education and our understanding.
Become a LIFE-LONG LEARNER.
I earned how philosophy works together with all other disciplines into a cohesive whole. No discipline is complete as it stands alone. Each influences the others, and in this mingling, new information is discovered.
It is like putting together a puzzle. Each piece in necessary to have a completed picture of the world and of our humanity.
In 2019, I want to delve more deeply into philosophy – just for me.
I know it will enrich my life and my understanding of everything else I do.
If you want to learn more about our history, you may like to look at this sinte and begin your own self-studies. We are never too old or too smart to learn new things.
Would you like to get a better understanding of the world?
Meet me at the PRE-SOCRATIC beginning of thought in 2019.
I’ll see you there as we travel together to learn more about what we think and how we got here.
Once we begin to study philosophy in the context of looking at history and other disciplines, we begin to see who we are, what we think, and how we got here. Best of all, we can discover the capactiy to change and better understand our worldview. It’s not written in stone.