Taught by MS Faculty, Mr. John Penton
From Plato to Socrates, Aristotle to Marcus Aurelius, this course begins with the ancient Greeks and Romans, where short readings will lead to class discussions, journal reflections, and analysis of these philosophies’ effect on present day societies.
Students will explore the concepts and practical applications of rhetoric and argumentation, including how modes of persuasion are utilized in present day advertising, media, and social media platforms.
A comprehensive study of logical fallacies, as well as the concepts of metaphysics, epistemology, axiology, and logic, will complement students’ philosophical explorations in order to enhance their ability to compose well-developed, evidence and rational-supported writings.
Throughout the Spring, students will read excerpts from three major philosophical movements: The Enlightenment, Transcendentalists, and Existentialists including Kant, Thoreau, Emerson, Kierkegaard, and others.
Students will conclude the course with a culminating writing project and presentation, empowering each student to compose their own essay on personal philosophy.
Assignments and graded work will include brief journals, short creative writings, reader-response, and critical essays, as well as class discussions and presentations.