PHIL 49995: The Revolution in Modern Thought: How Philosophy in Florence Shaped the Way We Think Today
Course Name: PHIL 49995 The Revolution in Modern Thought: How Philosophy in Florence Shaped the Way We Think Today
Course Description: The city of Florence has a rich intellectual tradition dating back centuries, one which has had immense influence on the values, ideas, and core beliefs of the Western world. Even today, many of our views about right and wrong, society and government, the universe, and the nature of reality have their roots in the thought of Florentine philosophers and intellectuals. In this course, we will read the works of some of the greatest Florentine thinkers and explore how their revolutionary ideas have shaped our world. While considering the topics listed above, particular attention will be paid to the interaction between philosophy, religion, and science in the development of the modern Western world view.
Class meetings will consist primarily of lecture and discussion, along with weekly site visits designed to enhance the learning experience and bring the material alive to students. While the readings date from the Renaissance period, emphasis will be placed on demonstrating the enormous impact of these philosophers’ and scientists’ ideas on contemporary culture and thought.