open to any and all of the options you suggested for the Great Minds
series. I'm excited about those and would like to view and discuss the
complete set. Also, I recommend that we begin ASAP, while the opportunity
is still available.
Do you have recommendations
for future special lectures?
All options are open as to meeting location,
times, frequency, topics, and media. One flexible option is to
choose philosophers or topics from the Great
Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition course without
adhering to any topical scheme or regular schedule. Alternatively, we could
set up a weekday evening schedule meeting monthly, semi-monthly
or weekly to watch and discuss the introductions to each of
the seven parts of the Great Minds course. The half-hour
introductions cover the following periods: Classical Origins, The Christian
Age, The Enlightenment and Its Critics, The Age of Ideology, Modernism and the
Age of Analysis, and The Crisis of Modernity. If the introductions
generate further interest, we could set up another schedule to delve
deeper into that period. Still another alternative is to follow the Great
Minds...course as intended by the gifted college professors who
carefully designed it. If we choose this more ambitious option, we
are very likely to embark on the intellectual journey of a lifetime.
The course begins with a survey of Greek and Judeo-Christian thought that
may help us understand the influential roots of our own
ideas and those of our fellow travelers. It continues with a development
of these ideas along with a rethinking of some basic concepts during the:
Christian Age, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Age of Discovery, and through
Modernity as well as the various reactions to it. Two or more lectures
could be scheduled for each meeting at intervals as frequent as you like.