Heraclitus and the philosophy of change
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HP194
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
As one of the key thinkers in early Greek philosophy, Heraclitus developed an account of change, as unending becoming, that was at variance with other Greek thinkers. Heraclitus’ meditation on the nature of change and thought is expressed in some hundred fragments, the most salient of these will be discussed with a view to understanding his philosophy and its continuing relevance.
What will we cover?
The Heraclitus fragments on the nature of nature, the human condition and change. There will also be some consideration of interpretations of Heraclitus, particularly that of Heidegger, and of Heraclitus as an early ‘process’ philosopher.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss, simply, the importance of change in Heraclitus’ philosophy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory. Interest in philosophy, and Greek philosophy, in particular, assumed but no particular level required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Seminar format with slides presentations incl. Q&A and discussion. Course materials available online via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in HP195 Plotinus and The One.
From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.
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