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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Language and Philosophy Class notes Sept 20
Introduction to Philosophy and Literature
Key Questions discussed:
1)What constitutes philosophy
2)How philosophy is a product of time and other
Alfred North Whitehead talked about ideas going back and
forth and philosophy not having a linear progression.
Thales (pre Socratic)
is considered as the father of philosophy and emphasized that water constitutes
Philosophy studies life, cosmos, and human nature. (I’m
still not sure how to define it). There was also a debate regarding Western
philosophy and if there is an equivalent called “Indian philosophy”. The
conclusion reached was that there are Indian systems of though like the
Vedantic and the Buddhist systems of thought. However, this doesn’t mean that
the Indian counterpart is inferior to western philosophy.
The German philosopher Immanuel
Kant’s (1724–1804) major works include
of Pure Reason
b)Critique of Practical Reason
The class also discussed the contributing factors of
Renaissance, the fall of Constantinople, the silk route and how this paved way
to the flow of ideas between the West and the Arabs.
Pinto, Anil. Literature and Philosophy. Christ University. 20th Sept.2011. Lecture.
Zima, Peter. The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theory. New Jersey: The Athlone Press, 1999. Print.