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The Presocratics and their Contemporary Relevance with Bruno Gulli

In this course, we exam­ine the metaphysics/ontology of indi­vid­u­a­tion, rup­ture, sin­gu­lar­i­ty, and time. Indeed, the ques­tion that starts philo­soph­i­cal think­ing (What is it?) is not only the ques­tion about the essence of real­i­ty, the what­ness of things, but it is also the ques­tion of the process of indi­vid­u­a­tion, change, and ulti­mate­ly of sin­gu­lar­i­ty. The sec­ond, but more foun­da­tion­al, ques­tion, asked by Par­menides (Is it or is it not?), will, per­haps para­dox­i­cal­ly, pro­vide us with the crit­i­cal tools for an under­stand­ing of the dialec­tics of exis­tence, the vor­tex of becom­ing described by Her­a­cli­tus. The rela­tion­ship between being and becom­ing, per­ma­nence and change (Par­menides and Her­a­cli­tus) will be cen­tral through­out the course. This is the ques­tion of time, which we will prob­lema­tize start­ing from the orig­i­nal thought of Anax­i­man­der. Yet, the point is to also appre­ci­ate the impor­tance of this ear­ly think­ing for (and in) our own times. We will also make ref­er­ence to oth­er philo­soph­i­cal tra­di­tions, such as Tao­ism in China.


James Bald­win High School
Room 317
351 West 18th St
New York, NY 10011 

(7:00–9:00pm): an sev­en week course begin­ning Octo­ber 7th, 2019 — $15 per ses­sion or $90 for all sev­en sessions.


Patri­cia Cur­d’s Read­er of Pre­so­crat­ic Philosophy

John Bur­net’s Ear­ly Greek Philosophy

Mar­tin Hei­deg­ger’s Ear­ly Greek Thinking

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