Session Two – The Classical Greek Thought-world
In this transcript Dr. Blumberg outlines the lucid theorizing done by Plato and Aristotle, which enabled their vision of “the arts and sciences,” a vision of many ways of knowing, which would ever afterwards constitute the distinctive Western approach to education. Their fiery and visionary idea emerged from their deep thinking about how human beings come to know. They were the first “epistemologists” in the West, since epistemology is the branch of philosophy that considers how we come to know, and how we know that we know (when we think we do). Following the minds of Plato and Aristotle closely provides an original way to re-consider the various fields and disciplines. Dr. Blumberg uses this originary vision of the liberal arts as a tool to bring more clarity to how we distinguish between science and other fields, without diminishing any of them.
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