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Seers,Sages,Philosophers:An Intro to the Pre-Socratics

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12
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You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

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Classes will be held via Zoom.

Teacher: Bruce King

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this history lesson:

Our inquiry will begin with a consideration of Pythagoras, the inventor (according to Plato) of the “philosophical way of life”; we will give particular attention to Pythagoras’ legendary role as a law-giver and as the founder of a (short-lived) philosophical community in South Italy in the second half of the sixth century BCE. Following the violent break-up of the Pythagorean cities (about a generation after their founding), we will follow the itinerant tracks of those sages who were associated with Pythagoras and who also contested central aspects of his teaching: Empedocles, Parmenides, Anaximander, Xenophanes, and Heraclitus. Throughout our study, we will locate these thinkers within a context in which religious thought was not yet sharply distinguished from philosophical thought and in which mystical experience was not yet separable from the idea of the philosophical life; we will also give attention to comparative traditions of metempsychosis, shamanism, and theories of astral and cosmic immortality. We will conclude with a consideration of the figure of Socrates, both as an heir to—and contestant of—his predecessors through a close reading of Plato’s Timaeus.

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