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No. 56 • January - June 2013 • Page 120
 
 
 
 •  Initiatives
 

São Paulo, (Brazil) -- A Course on the History of Philosophy

At the beginning of this year, a number of graduate students began a course on the history of philosophy at the Sumaré University Center, with professors from various schools offering to take part. The common desire was to acquire a solid culture, open to the truth.

The course ran for three semesters. In the first module, the students took classes on philosophical thought in antiquity. Starting with the question “what is philosophy?” other questions posed by the pre-Socratic philosophers were discussed, right up to the summit of ancient philosophy in the works of Plato and Aristotle. The second module dealt with patristic and medieval philosophy, especially the impact of Christian revelation on philosophy and the relationship between faith and reason. In the final stage, modern and contemporary philosophers were studied.

Interest in the course grew over the year. One of the means used to spread interest in it was the Internet, with a website that included videos of the classes and the program of the meetings, with auxiliary texts.


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