WINTER CLASS DESCRIPTION

CLASS #33

Four Great Idealists…Four Important Theories of Reality
Terry Goode

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 9:30-11:30

This class will examine the four most important theories of Idealism in Western philosophy. Each proposed a different theory of reality, but all agreed that reality is “essentially mental.” The four theories are: (1) What is real is eternal and revealed through thought of the essence of things. (Plato and the “Theory of Forms”); (2) What is real is contingent and exists only through perception. (Berkeley and the “Theory of Immaterialism”); (3) What is real is a product of perception, but perception governed by a priori concepts of thought. (Kant and the “Theory of Transcendental Apperception”); and (4) The past is understood only by rethinking what those in the past have thought. (Collingwood and the “Theory of Empathetic Understanding”). We will examine each theory in detail to assess what insight each brings to understanding the nature of reality, and to determine which theory gets us closer to the truth.

Tuition: $50

Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42), Ephraim

Materials Fee: $3.00 payable to The Clearing at registration